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  MSc Political Economy


University of Essex    Department of Government

Full time & Part time October MSc 1 Year Full Time / 2 Years Part Time
Economics (10) Politics & Government (30)

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Are you fascinated by the intricate relationship between politics and the economy? Look no further than our MSc Political Economy programme at Essex. As one of the fastest-growing approaches in the social sciences, political economy explores how political decisions impact markets and vice versa. With a wide range of optional modules from our esteemed Department of Government and Department of Economics, you'll have the freedom to tailor your studies to your interests. Our expert faculty, who are at the forefront of their fields, will guide you through market failure, environmental policies, governance quality, and monetary policy choices. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to study abroad and earn dual degrees. Join us and unlock endless career opportunities in international organizations, government agencies, or as a political consultant. To qualify, you'll need a 2.2 degree in subjects like Political Science, Economics, or relevant modules. Don't worry if your degree is unrelated - we also consider applicants with six months of relevant work experience. Visit our website for more details.

About the course

Over the last three decades, political economy has been one of the fastest growing approaches in the social sciences. At Essex, we are primarily interested in the scientific study of political institutions and how they might determine economic variables.

If you are interested in how institutions shape the behaviour of political actors and how political decisions influence markets and vice versa, then you will profit from our course.

You will have a great deal of choice for your optional modules as they will be selected from both our Department of Government and Department of Economics. Our MSc Political Economy covers all aspects of modern political economy, including:

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Entry Requirements

A 2.2 degree in Political Science, International Relations, International Studies, American Studies, United States Politics, Economics, Finance or Statistics.

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A 2.2 degree in any subject which includes study in two relevant modules. See programme website for full details.

We will also consider applicants with a 2.2 degree in an unrelated subject and have at least six months relevant work experience such as working with a NGO.

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept.



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Student Profiles

Adam Wright

“After I completed my BA within the Department of Government at Essex, I decided that I wanted to stay in higher education and work towards a PhD. From my experience of Essex as an undergraduate, I felt that I simply could not get a better education anywhere else, so there was no reason to move. I really wanted to remain part of the intellectually stimulating atmosphere at Essex. The Department has always had a uniquely friendly ethos where students are treated as real people with real opinions.

I am currently in my first year of PhD research, studying political discourse in education. After my PhD proposal had been accepted by the Department, I felt the best Masters programme to get me ready for my research was MA Ideology and Discourse Analysis. It provided me with the theoretical and methodological tools I needed for political research and has allowed me to excel in critical modes of thinking. In particular, the type of challenging poststructuralist and post-Marxist political theory I have studied has been incredibly interesting and really helped me to progress as a theorist and as a researcher.

One thing I have cherished over the last five years has been the ability to meet new people. The fact that Essex has such a high proportion of international students has meant that I now have a network of friends from over 30 countries, spanning five continents. It has been remarkable mixing with people from other cultures. I feel I have learned as much from this social aspect of the University life as I have from the academic.

After completing my PhD here at Essex I will be looking to continue my academic research into education policy and hopefully make a real impact on the way our schools are run.”

Nazli Sila Cesur

"I wanted undertake my postgraduate study at Essex as I knew the Department of Government was one of the best in the UK. I was then really pleased with my MA Political Theory, so decided I wanted to stay here for my PhD.

I am really enjoying being a research student at the University. By that, I mean I have been given the opportunity to choose my own topic for my PhD and am able to lead my own research; I’ve found the experience of taking a huge responsibility for my own self and my success very exciting. I also like attending the research seminars offered by my Department, as I find it a great way to meet others and exchange ideas.

The Colchester Campus is quite compact, which I think is advantageous for students as you have everything you need like a post office, library and banks on site, and can easily meet up with your friends. The University is also close to London, which makes day trips to the capital possible.

After completing my PhD, I would like to have a career in academia and am particularly keen to stay in the UK. Having studied at the UK’s top department for politics will certainly help my future plans."

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