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This programme is ideal for students interested in a variety of careers including academia, government, think tanks, charities and the private sector. You will focus on important contemporary issues such as globalisation, international relations and inequality as well as other public policy challenges.

A cross-disciplinary Masters degree with offerings from management, economics, politics and accounting means you will gain an incredibly diverse and intellectually stimulating perspective on how each area directly impacts on the global political economy.

We utilise new international data sources and methods, so you will also learn how to fully comprehend, analyse and address issues affecting the global political and economic landscape whilst acquiring a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research skills.

This programme is available to study over 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). You can elect to study optional modules at the universities of Exeter, Bristol or Bath.

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 examples of modules are as follows:

  • International political economy
  • Business and management research design
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Advanced interdisciplinary research design
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Macroeconomics
  • Principles of international business
  • 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 and social responsibility
  • 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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