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MAInternational Political Economy

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Globalisation is a major issue in international politics.

You’ll examine the nature and direction of global change.

Your studies will focus on political and economic aspects, including thematic issues around hegemony, development, governance and cooperation.

IPE is one the department’s biggest strengths. Leading academics teach on the course. And you’ll get the chance to work with the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).

We offer extensive training in research methods. For your dissertation, you’ll research and develop a hypothesis of your own. The experience will equip you with valuable transferable skills.

Programme structure

Core modules

Theories and Issues in International Political Economy
Dissertation in International Political Economy

Plus on of the following modules:
The Political Economy of Globalisation
United States Hegemony
Global Governance
The Politics of International Law
The Governance and Politics of the European Union
Research Methods in Politics
Philosophy and Methodology of Political Research

Optional modules

Choose two from a range including:
The Political Economy of Globalisation
The Politics of International Law
Contemporary Ethnic Conflict
The Politics of Global Migration
Contemporary Global Security


All taught modules (except the dissertation) are taught in seminars.


You’ll be assessed continuously through essays.

To complete the MA you must earn a total of 180 credits. All core and optional modules count for 30 credits each. Your dissertation, produced over the summer after the taught element, counts for 60 credits.

For the module assessments and the dissertation, you’ll need a mark of 50 per cent or above. If you don’t complete the dissertation, achieving 120 credits in taught modules will get you a Graduate Diploma.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States