M.A. Political Economy

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP15500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (Find a course)
University of Essex | Colchester, United Kingdom
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.

Description of Political Economy

Why study MA Political Economy at Essex?

Our Department of Government is one of the largest and most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication.

We are the only political science department to have achieved the highest rating in all six assessments for the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF), since national rankings began in 1986. More than three-quarters of our research is rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014) making us top in the UK for research.

Our staff distinguish themselves in various ways; by acting as media commentators, by writing textbooks used by students across the world and with involvement in practical training. In addition, our students have access to academic staff and a constant flow of distinguished visiting scholars from abroad.

Our research interests are wide ranging but we host the British Election Study, a major Economic and Social Research Council-sponsored survey of attitudes and opinions of the British electorate, with other significant research projects studying foreign policy attitudes, corruption, and civil wars and peacekeeping.

Our facilities
As a student on this course you will be able to take advantage of our extensive learning resources, including laboratories of networked computers featuring extensive software for political analysis, as well as our University library, which provides access to a variety of politics journals as well as multiple copies of textbooks, e-books and materials to support your learning.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 15500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 7950 Year (EEA)
Start date October  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

A Masters course is an academically rigorous programme during which you explore your subject in depth, reaching a high level of specialist knowledge. You draw on knowledge and skills from your undergraduate study or your professional life to produce work of a high academic standard, informed by current thinking and debate.

This course lasts twelve months (full-time), starting in October, and consists of taught modules during your autumn and spring terms and a research-based dissertation to be submitted in September. Your research-based dissertation counts for 60 credits and you will take 120 credits of modules, a 30 credit compulsory module and a further 90 credits made up from a selection of 30 and 15 credit modules. (If you are from the EU, then our Masters courses are regarded as ‘second-cycle’ qualifications under the Bologna Declaration and consist of 90 ECTS credits).


Core modules

  • Ma Dissertation
  • Political Economy

Compulsory with options modules

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Political Explanation

Optional modules

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Applications Of Data Analysis
  • Comparative European Politics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Contemporary Theories Of Justice
  • Democracy Beyond The Nation State? The Case Of Europe
  • Econometric Methods And Applications
  • Economic Development Theory
  • Economics Of Financial Markets
  • Economics Of Incentives, Contracts And The Firm
  • Economics Of The European Union
  • Economics Of Transition
  • Environmental Economics
  • Estimation And Inference In Econometrics
  • Game Theory And Applications
  • Ideology And Political Discourse
  • International Environmental Politics
  • International Finance
  • International Security Studies
  • International Trade Theory
  • Macroeconomics
  • Market Structure And Strategic Behaviour
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Microeconomics
  • Panel Data Methods
  • Political Economy
  • Political Economy
  • Political Explanation
  • Political Parties In Britain And Europe
  • Political Theory
  • Public Opinion And Political Behaviour
  • Research Design
  • Research Seminar In Political Theory And Methods
  • Survey Measurement And Question Design
  • Theories Of International Relations
  • Theory And Explanation In Political Science
  • Theory Of Industrial Organisation
  • Time Series Econometrics
  • Topics In Financial Economics
  • Topics In Labour Economics

Core modules must be taken and passed.
Core with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken and passed.
Compulsory modules must be taken.
Compulsory with options modules selected from limited lists must be taken.
Optional modules are selected from course specific lists.

English Language Requirements

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Political Economy

Upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject area.

IELTS 6.5.

Work Experience for Political Economy

No work experience is required.

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University of Essex, United Kingdom

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