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Political Economy MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Political Economy MA

This MA highlights issues of effective demand, social conflict and financial instability as features of modern capitalism. It covers neo-classical, post-Keynesian and Marxist theories, and applies them to contemporary issues of austerity policy, neo-liberalism, financialisation and globalisation. The course aims to provide a precise and professional knowledge of the procedures used to analyse current issues in political economy.

Key features

This course provides excellent preparation for a range of employment possibilities in government agencies, think-tanks, research institutes or in international agencies such as the International Labor Organization.

Lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.

The University's Economics department is actively engaged in research and publication on financial topics, and you will benefit from regular staff seminars and workshops.

What will you study?

You will acquire a rigorous and broad-based understanding of the discipline of political economy, as well as an ability to carry out research in this field. The course provides a comprehensive review of macroeconomics from a theoretical and policy perspective, and of capitalism from its emergence to contemporary globalisation, as well as the parallel developments in political economy.

You will explore present-day competing political economy paradigms, and pursue an advanced analysis of the processes of globalisation and financialisation of contemporary capitalism, using it as a basis for discussion of economic policy. Your dissertation will focus on an applied economic policy topic - you will work individually with a member of staff to choose a topic for your dissertation, research this topic and write up your conclusions.


Assessment will take a variety of forms, including class tests, essays, examinations, graded exercises, practical coursework, presentations, take-home tests, dissertation, literature review and economic reports.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Economic Change and Ideas
Economics Dissertation
Financialisation, Globalisation and Economic Policy
Macroeconomic Theory and Policy
Political Economy: Effective Demand, Exploitation and Crisis

All modules are core.

What this course offers you

If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.

An integrated programme for the study of political economy at a rigorous level.

Students receive a solid core background in macroeconomic analysis and policy, economic history and the history of economic thought.

All lectures are supplemented by seminars, giving an opportunity for regular feedback and discussion.

The Department of Economics is actively engaged in research and publication on political economy topics through the Political Economy Study Group, with regular staff seminars and workshops.

Careful guidance and supervision given on the research dissertation focusing on political economy perspective.

The MA is good preparation for work with a range of public and private institutions concerned with issues surrounding globalisation and development, such as international agencies and NGOs.

You will be supported throughout the degree by our Personal Tutor Scheme.

You will have the opportunity to learn another language, completely free of charge, alongside your degree. Languages offered include French, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and German.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Political Economy MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

One or more of the following will normally be regarded as appropriate admission requirements:- Successful completion of a certified programme of study in an area appropriate to the content of the degree (normally a good second-class honours undergraduate degree or its equivalent, including, where appropriate, quantitative methods having been studied to an appropriate standard); strong academic performance in other disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis. - Relevant non-certificated learning. - An appropriate combination of certificated and non-certificated learning. All certificated and non-certificated learning will require verification. Please see course website for more details.

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