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  • You want a course that draws on a long and highly distinguished tradition of political economy at The University of Manchester
  • You are interested in a unique, cross-disciplinary curriculum of study in political economy
  • You would like to pursue your own particular interests in political economy through one of our distinct pathways

The MA in Political Economy programme at Manchester University offers a cross-disciplinary curriculum of study in political economy. The MA is housed in the Centre for the Study of Political Economy, which brings together the world-class research strengths in the field of political economy at Manchester University. The programme is taught from members across the Faculty of Humanities in the School of Social Sciences, the School of Environment and Development, and the Alliance Manchester Business School.

Each student will pursue their particular interests in political economy through one of four pathways:

  • Theoretical Political Economy
  • Political Economy of Society, Space and Environment
  • Political Economy of Finance, Business and Work
  • Political Economy of Development.

Each pathway offers courses drawn from across the different disciplines in the schools, offering the student an exposure to the full breadth of the field of political economy.

  • Course Director: Professor John O'Neil
  • Tel: +44 (0)161 275 4853
  • Email:  John.F.O

Teaching and learning

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PART-TIME STUDY

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Course unit details

All students take a core module, Theoretical Approaches to Political Economy , which provides a thorough grounding in both classical and contemporary theories of political economy and introduces the basic concepts of the discipline. Students on the standard route will also take at least two core modules from their chosen pathway together with three other optional modules from that pathway. Students will also undertake research training units in  Dissertation Research Design . Taught units comprise two thirds of the programme. The remainder of the programme consists of a 12000-15000 word dissertation on a substantial issue in political economy.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 


Visit the Political Economy (Standard Route) (MA) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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