Before the emergence of economics and politics as distinct disciplines, ‘political economy’ was a discipline in itself. There has been a considerable expansion of research across the three PPE disciplines in recent years, resulting in political economy becoming one of the most exciting areas of study and research. The flexible structure of this course means it is suitable for a wide range of students with interests in politics and economics, with an emphasis on the former.
You will take the core 20 credit interdisciplinary module 'The PPE of Social Choice', which covers topics such as decision making, rights and justice relating to social choice (broadly interpreted) at an advanced level. This module is jointly taught by members of staff in all three of York's internationally excellent PPE departments.
The 10 credit Research Skills for PPE module will prepare you for undertaking research, covering areas such as writing research proposals and specific interdisciplinary skills.
You will take one of two 20 credit international political economy modules: either 'Critical Theories of International Political Economy', or 'Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy'.
You will also take one of two 10 credit economics modules: either 'Applied Microeconomics I', which covers central topics in microeconomics including consumer theory, decision theory, welfare and market equlibrium and efficiency; or 'Economic Analysis for PPE', which provides a non-technical introduction to economics.
In addition, you will write a 12,000 word dissertation, which is worth 60 credits.
You will take a further 60 credits of taught modules of your choice, from a wide range of options offered by the Politics or Economics departments. An overview of the types of modules on offer is available at http://www.york.ac.uk/pep/postgraduate/ma-modules/
How you'll be taught
Teaching is delivered in two main ways: seminars and lectures. The main focus of your coursework will be your seminar group, normally containing 10-16 students. In seminars you will produce and discuss your own work, under the guidance of a module tutor. Seminars are normally accompanied by lectures, attended by all of the students taking the module.
Careers and employability
The interdisciplinary nature of the School of PEP postgraduate courses means you develop a wide range of transferable skills. Employers value these degrees precisely because they make you think across boundaries and engage critically with a range of different material.
The MA in PPE: Political Economy prepares you for many careers in economics and politics, ranging from finance to international organisations and development. It also provides training for doctoral research in politics.