International political economy is one of the most important and fastest expanding sub-disciplines in the fields of political science and international relations, due to the increasing recognition among students and researchers across the social sciences that political and economic issues are analytically inseparable.
The increasingly global nature of political relations is typically underscored by equally global economic relations in trade, finance and migration, concern about which is reflected in questions about shifting loci of global authority from 'west' (eg Europe and the USA) to 'east' (eg China and India) and ongoing relationships between the global rich and the global poor.
The programme is designed to equip students to undertake independent research in politics and international relations, with special interest in the field of international political economy, and to develop skills that are of relevance to a broad range of careers in the public or private sector. Particular stress is placed on the development of key social science research skills to the standard required for ESRC accreditation.
The aims of the programme are to provide you with:
* knowledge and understanding of contemporary theoretical debates in the study of international political economy
* knowledge and understanding of philosophical and methodological debates in the study of social sciences
* knowledge and understanding and experience in the application of the principal methods of data collection and data analysis in social science research
* the skills necessary to design and complete a dissertation on a specialist topic in the field of international political economy
Compulsory modules: Global political economy; Philosophy, methodology and research design
Four optional modules: You can choose modules from a wide range of options in politics and international relations, or other relevant social science modules (including economics) where you hold the relevant pre-requisites.
Plus: Dissertation of 12,50015,000 words (MSc only).
Please note: optional modules are run according to staff availability and student uptake.
Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
Assessment: Coursework and/or examination; all students must complete the taught modules satisfactorily before being eligible to submit a dissertation leading to an MSc
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.