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The Political Economy MA is a broadbased multidisciplinary course that will develop your critical understanding of the UK and global political and economic institutions. You will also acquire the theoretical skills necessary to engage with contemporary domestic and world affairs at an advanced level.

Key benefits

  • An interdisciplinary course utilising elements from the fields of politics, philosophy and economics.
  • Learn a wide range of theoretical approaches in political economy – both mainstream and heterodox.
  • Intensive study based on the relationship between institutional/empirical analysis and standards of ethical evaluation.
  • Located in the heart of London, the Department of Political Economy has a strong reputation for research-led teaching and links to industry.


The Political Economy MA is an innovative course designed to provide you with an understanding of the theory necessary to engage in the interdisciplinary analysis of political economy. The course will also equip you with essential research, analytical and critical thinking skills.

The course is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules totalling a minimum of 180 credits and a maximum of 210 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification, 60 credits will come from a dissertation of around 15,000 words. You will study Key Concepts in Contemporary Political Economy and in addition to completing a required 15,000-word dissertation, you will also choose further related modules to support your study interests.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

If you are taking the part-time course, you will usually take Key Concepts in Contemporary Political Economy (40 credits) during the first year of your programme and the dissertation module in the second year of your programme.

Optional Modules

You will take an additional 80 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

If you are taking the part-time course, the Department will allow you to select how many optional modules you wish to take during Year 1 and during Year 2.

Students may take a maximum of 40 optional credits from level 7 modules outside of their programme’s approved module list, subject to approval by the Course Director.

Career prospects

Studying a degree with the Department of Political Economy equips students with certain skills required in the public and private sectors, and for work in civil organisations. A typical postgraduate student will gain strong theoretical and empirical skills for the analysis of complex economic and political phenomena. These skills are highly valued in fields such as finance, consultancy, law and the civil service. 

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