Political Economy, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15500
    Tuition (Year)
    7950
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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Over the last three decades, political economy has been one of the fastest growing approaches in the social sciences. At Essex, we are primarily interested in the scientific study of political institutions and how they might determine economic variables. Ranked top 10 in the world for political science and international relations according to the Centre for World University Rankings (2017)

About

Over the last three decades, political economy has been one of the fastest growing approaches in the social sciences. At Essex, we are primarily interested in the scientific study of political institutions and how they might determine economic variables.

If you are interested in how institutions shape the behaviour of political actors and how political decisions influence markets and vice versa, then you will profit from our course.

You will have a great deal of choice for your optional modules as they will be selected from both our Department of Government and Department of Economics. Our MA Political Economy covers all aspects of modern political economy, including:

  • Market failure

  • Environmental policies

  • The quality of governance

  • Monetary policy choices

Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication. We are rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began.

Our Department of Economics is also consistently rated highly for student satisfaction, and is Top 5 in the UK for research with over 90% rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

Our expert staff

Study and work alongside some of the most prominent economists and political scientists of our time.

Our researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs; they are advising the CIA on counter-terrorism, training politicians and civil servants in democratising countries, and commentating on political events in national and international media.

Many of our economic researchers also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us to develop research for today's society as well as informing our teaching for the future.

Our key academic staff for this course are Dr Alejandro Quiroz Flores, who works on why authoritarian leaders welcome natural disasters, and Simone Dietrich, who works on who gives, receives, and benefits from aid.

You join an active and prolific research team, with the opportunity to work alongside a member of staff on their research instead of completing a dissertation; some of these projects have even resulted in joint staff/student publications.

Programme Structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.

Year 1

  • MA Dissertation
  • Political Economy
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Political Explanation
  • Applications of Data Analysis (optional)
  • Banking (optional)
  • Behavioural Economics I: Individual Decision Making (optional)
  • Behavioural Economics II: Games and Markets (optional)
  • Comparative European Politics (optional)
  • Computational Agent-Based Macro-Economics, Financial Markets and Policy Design (optional)
  • Conflict Resolution (optional)
  • Contemporary Theories of Justice (optional)
  • Econometric Methods (optional)
  • Economic Development Theory (optional)
  • Economics of Financial Markets (optional)
  • Economics of Incentives, Contracts and the Firm (optional)
  • Economics of the European Union (optional)
  • Economics of Transition (optional)
  • Environmental Economics (optional)
  • Estimation and Inference in Econometrics (optional)
  • Game Theory and Applications (optional)
  • Ideology and Political Discourse (optional)
  • Environmental Politics (optional)
  • International Finance (optional)
  • International Security Studies (optional)
  • International Trade (optional)
  • Macroeconomics (optional)
  • Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour (optional)
  • Mathematical Methods (optional)
  • Microeconometrics (optional)
  • Microeconomics (optional)
  • Monetary Economics (optional)
  • Panel Data Methods (optional)
  • Political Economy (optional)
  • Political Parties in Britain and Europe (optional)
  • Political Theory (optional)
  • Public Opinion and Political Behaviour (optional)
  • Research Design (optional)
  • Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods (optional)
  • Theories of International Relations (optional)
  • Theory and Explanation in Political Science (optional)
  • Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)
  • Time Series Econometrics (optional)
  • Topics in Financial Economics (optional)

Teaching

  • Courses are designed to provide you with an advanced understanding of either the politics of a geographical area or an aspect of the discipline

  • Courses include both compulsory and optional modules, so the course can be tailored to fit your interests and aspirations

  • Learn through discussion and problem-solving

  • Lab sessions allow you to improve your technical research skills

  • We encourage students to attend national conferences to meet researchers and discuss their work

Assessment

  • Your coursework comes in the form of essays, simulations, presentations and in-class tests

Dissertation

  • You are given guidance on how to prepare a Masters dissertation by our Graduate Director in the spring term

  • We link you with an appropriate supervisor at the earliest opportunity

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • A degree with an overall high 2:2.
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15500 International
  • GBP 7950 EU/EEA

Part-time

  • Fee (Home/EU): £3975
  • Fee (International): £7750

Funding

For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.

This course has ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation, meaning it can form part of a 1+3 funding opportunity for talented postgraduates. The University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

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