Global Development (International Political Economy), M.A.

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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.
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This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies – with a specialist focus on how globalisation, international economic interdependence and the internationalisation of political structures and processes are changing politics globally.

You’ll learn about the experiences and viewpoints of people and nations of the Global South regarding development issues. You’ll also review strategies, programmes and policies in development, including organisations and donors promoting development, and assess the progress made by different development actors towards key international development goals.

You’ll explore debates and controversies at the centre of contemporary development challenges and analyse both the theories and realities of development, to understand the different approaches, practices and discourses involved.

Programme Structure

Compulsory Modules

International Political Economy 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.

Global Inequalities and Development provides you with an understanding of why and how the world’s inequalities produce advantages and disadvantages in development. You will cover economic, social, and political inequalities to lay the foundation for discussions about poverty, dispossession, food, environment and aid. You will also explore how social movements in the global south claim rights and thereby challenge global inequalities.

Dissertation: Global Development and International Political Economy 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

You will also be required to study between two and four of the following optional modules:

- Africa in the Contemporary World
- China’s Development
- Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
- Democracy and Development
- Development Management Techniques
- Education in Development
- Gender, Globalisation and Development
- Global Justice
- Global Politics of Health: Power and Inequity
- The Japanese Economy: Continuity and Change
- Political Economy of Resources and Development
- Theoretical Approaches in International Relations
- The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
- Research Methodology for Development
- The Rise of China
- Chinese Politics
- Religions and Global Development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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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 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area e.g. development studies, sociology, social policy, geography.
A minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 16000 International
  • EUR 7500 EU/EEA


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