Fundamental questions are being raised as to the ability of the global political economy to cope successfully with an everincreasing number of challenges such as climate change, financial instability, food crises, energy, security, and the rise of new economic powers. This MA is uniquely placed to analyse the impact of these contemporary transformations.
You examine the historical emergence of the global political economy, contemporary transformations such as globalisation and environmental challenges, the changing nature of global governance, and the implications of the current economic crisis for the nature of the capitalist system and the global distribution of wealth and power.
Sussex is one of the leading UK centres for research in global political economy. Our Centre for Global Political Economy provides a unique forum for original interdisciplinary research on global politico-economic change.
On many of our MA courses, you are encouraged to participate in:
•visiting practitioner and lecturer workshops on specific topics
•our New Security Challenges lecture series involving high-profile practitioners, policymakers and analysts
A research placement allows you to gain experience in an area of work relating to your subject of study and to acquire practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run over a 12-week period in the summer term and vacation. If you take a research placement, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation based on your experience.
Contemporary Theories in Global Political Economy is assessed by unseen examinations. The Global Political Economy module is assessed by a 5,000-word term paper. Each spring-term option is generally assessed by a 5,000-word term paper. You also submit a 10,000-word dissertation.
We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.
Autumn term: Contemporary Theories in Global Political Economy • Global Political Economy.
Spring term: you choose two from East Asia in the International System • Foreign Policy Analysis • Governing Global Capitalism • Human Rights in International Relations • Irregular Warfare • Peace Processes and Post-Conflict Reconstruction • Queer International Relations • Reading Foucault in IR • Religions, Cultures and Civilisations in International Relations • Rethinking Imperialism • Russian Foreign and Security Policy • Science, Technology and War • Terror, Security and the State • The Global Politics of Disease and Biosecurity • The Middle East in Global Order • The Political Economy of Development • The Political Economy of Global Finance • The Political Economy of the Environment.
You also take a Research Methods and Professional Skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. This module is delivered as a series of workshops, including one that prepares you for your dissertation.
Summer term: you carry out work on your MA dissertation under the supervision of a member of faculty. There is also a dissertation with a placement option.
The University of Sussex
aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/
A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent), preferably in a humanities or social sciences subject. Relevant degrees include political science, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, sociology, and area studies. A degree in the social sciences or humanities does not constitute a strict requirement and applicants with degrees in other disciplines will be given due consideration. Relevant work and voluntary experience will also be considered, particularly in cases where candidates fall short of the academic requirement. Overseas entrance requirements: View Website