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  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements for POLIS MA programmes

    If you wish to apply for these programmes, you should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account.

    However, if you have a good degree in, say, the natural sciences, humanities or languages, you may also apply, particularly if you have appropriate work experience.

    If you narrowly missed securing an upper second result, you should inform us of your circumstances so that your case can be considered on an individual basis.

    Language requirements

    Successful completion of a postgraduate degree demands facility in English. It is a requirement that essays and dissertations be well-written. Prospective and intending students whose first language is not English will need to ensure that their linguistic proficiency is adequate. They may need to undertake some language training in the University or elsewhere.

    The School has a minimum requirement.

    * TOEFL score on the paper-based test: at least, 580 with 4.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

    * TOEFL score on the internet-based test: 94, with minimum scores of 20 in listening, 23 in reading, 23 in speaking and 24 in writing.

    * TOEFL score on the computer-based test: at least, 240 with 4.0 on essay rating.


    A minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components.

    University Language Centre

    The School keeps its requirements under review and may request a higher level of proficiency.

    The University's Language Centre offers specialised pre-sessional English language programmes, which are suitable for students going on to study in the Institute. These programmes are also useful in helping students acclimatise to the UK academic environment.
  • Course description

    This course offers you …
    • an opportunity to analyse the relationship between politics and the international economy. 
    • the flexibility to select modules that allow you to focus on international political economy issues related to developing countries, Europe or East Asia.
    • the possibility of part-time study.
    • the opportunity to discuss vital current international political economy topics with experts and students from around the world. 

    If you …
    • find the politics of the international economy fascinating.
    • would like to look in depth at current issues in political economy.
    • wish to comprehend the interaction of international and domestic levels of analysis.
    • are interested in combining the study of international political economy with interests in development, Europe, or East Asia.

    ... then MA Global Development and International Political Economy could be the course for you.

    MA Global Development and International Political Economy focuses on how globalisation, international economic interdependence and the internationalisation of political structures and processes are changing politics across the globe.

    This course aims to evaluate the new power structures, policy processes and social linkages shaping the international political economy in the 21st century. You will analyse the key structures and processes that characterise the international political economy, and critically assess the main analytical issues and contrasting theoretical perspectives on the linkages between politics and economics.

    You will also explore how the post-war world economy emerged and developed, and assess how both domestic and international politics interacts with trade and production, money and finance, and development.

    The course asks you to examine the evolution of international institutions and regimes, and how the international political economy affects domestic economic and public policy. You will also assess how different kinds of institutions, regional groupings and government functions develop to cope with change.

    MA Global Development and International Political Economy is available on a 12-month full-time basis, or a 24-month part-time basis.

    The course has three compulsory modules, with a further 60 credits worth of optional modules.

    Compulsory Modules
    International Political Economy (30 credits) analyses the key structures and processes that characterise the international political economy. You will examine how the post-war world economy emerged and developed, and how domestic and international politics interact with trade, production, money, finance and development. You will also investigate how international institutions and regimes have evolved. and how international political economy concerns affect domestic economic and public policy. You will also study how different kinds of institutions, regional groupings and government functions are developing to cope with change.

    Development Theories, Strategies and Issues (30 credits) is an introductory module to the field of development studies and takes an interdisciplinary approach. You will focus upon theories of development, substantive issues of development, development strategy and project appraisal.

    Global Development and International Political Economy Dissertation (60 credits) leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in international political economy through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.

    Optional Modules
    To complete a total of 180 credits, you also choose 60 credits worth of modules from the following list.
    • Political Economy of Resources and Development (30 credits)
    • Gender, Globalisation and Development (30 credits)
    • The Politics of the European Union (30 credits)
    • The EU and the Developing World (30 credits)
    • Politics of Trade and Industrial Policy (30 credits)
    • Theoretical Approaches in International Relations (30 credits)
    • The Japanese Economy: Continuity and Change (15 credits)
    • China's Development (15 credits)
    • Economic Development 1 (Current Issues and Controversies) (15 credits)
    • Macroeconomics of Development (15 credits)

    This programme is currently being confirmed for 2010/11, please note module options may be subject to change.

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