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MA International Political Economy (Research)
A challenging degree which can be applied to a range of political careers.

MA International Political Economy (Research) / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

International Political Economy(IPE) (some prefer Global Political Economy) is a vibrant and rapidly growing field of study. It has always been concerned with the connections between politics and economics, the national and the global, under conditions of globalisation. More recently, IPE has become an especially productive field for critical social science research into such pressing global issues as world poverty, inequality, gender relations, economic crises, and the environment. The MA in IPE at Manchester reflects the research interests and strengths of our IPE specialists in the Politics discipline area, and focuses on introducing students to a broad range of orthodox and critical theories, and to the politics of globalisation today, through two compulsory modules. Students can then take a range of optional courses that examine specific issues relating to global governance, development and inequality, gender, environmental politics, global production and work, finance (or financialisation), capitalist diversity, ideology (including neoliberalism), economic crisis, and the politics of resistance and revolt - among others.

Teaching and learning


Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Course unit details

Semester 1:

POLI60301 Comparative Political Analysis

POLI70311 Critical Approaches to IPE

POLI70851 EU as an International Actor

Semester 2:

POLI60312 Dissertation Research Design

POLI60292 European Political Economy

POLI60032 Comparing Capitalisms in the GPE

POLI70282 Critical Globalization Studies

POLI70922 Critical Environmental Politics

POLI70422 Global Governance

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Critical Globalisation Studies POLI70282 15 Mandatory
Critical Approaches to International Political Economy POLI70311 15 Mandatory
Philosophy of Politics Research POLI70771 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy POLI60031 15 Optional
Archival Research POLI60251 5 Optional
European Political Economy POLI60292 15 Optional
Biography & Life History in the Social Sciences POLI60331 5 Optional
Interviewing Activists POLI70021 5 Optional
The European Union: Politics and Policy Making POLI70381 15 Optional
Global Governance POLI70422 15 Optional
EU as an International Actor POLI70851 15 Optional
Critical Environmental Politics POLI70921 15 Optional
Comparative Democratisation in Eastern Europe and Latin America POLI70951 15 Optional
The United Nations and International Security POLI71112 15 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60892 5 Optional
Creative Methods SOCY60192 5 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Narrative Analysis SOCY70722 5 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60512 5 Optional
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