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Focusing on important contemporary issues such as globalisation, governance and inequality as well as other societal challenges, students of this programme will acquire a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research skills enabling a comprehensive assessment of the impact of such issues on the global political economy.

This cross-disciplinary Masters degree, with offerings from Management, Economics, Politics, Geography and Accounting, offers students an incredibly diverse and intellectually stimulating perspective on how each area directly impacts on the global political economy. And, utilising new international data sources and methods, students will also learn how to fully comprehend, analyse and address issues affecting the global political and economic landscape.

Ideal for students interested in a variety of careers including government, the private sector, think tanks, policy-making and charities. This new programme is accredited by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) and provides students with the opportunity to achieve outstanding career credentials.

Programme Structure

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time or 24 months part time. The course is delivered collaboratively by the University of Exeter, University of Bristol and the University of Bath as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). Students can elect to study optional modules at the Universities of Exeter, Bristol or Bath.

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits.

Compulsory modules

Recent ecent examples of modules are as follows;

  • International political economy;
  • Research methods;
  • Interdisciplinary research design;
  • Dissertation.

Optional modules

  • Macroeconomics;
  • Principles of international business;
  • The politics of global capitalism;
  • Political economy of food and agriculture;
  • Leading, managing and developing people;
  • Sustainable enterprise economy;
  • Resourcing and talent management;
  • International human resource management;
  • Consumption, markets and culture;
  • Quantitative research techniques 2;
  • International trade and regional integration;
  • Corporate governance, reporting and regulation;
  • Introduction to energy policy and sustainability;
  • Principles of international taxation.

Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.

Learning and teaching

Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.


The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.


Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.


Visit the MRes Global Political Economy page on the University of Exeter website for more details!




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