Choose Kingston's International Politics and Economics MA

This course focuses on the key theories of global economics and international relations and aims to develop the professional skills that many employers expect when hiring political and economic analysts. It will enable you to develop an advanced understanding of the close interaction between economics and politics on the world stage.

Key features

  • You will be fully supported in developing postgraduate academic skills and preparing your dissertation, which allows you to research an area of particular interest in greater depth.
  • Alongside your academic studies, you will gain skills in problem-solving and organisation; data collation, review and synopsis; communication (oral, written and electronic); time management; computing; and co-operation and teamwork.
  • You can take part in an active interchange of policy ideas with research-active staff and visit speakers through seminars organised by the Political Economy Research Group.

What will you study?

You will gain a thorough grounding in the main issues and theories that shape relations in the international economic system. You will also take modules that outline the main institutions and factors that influence global economic and political governance. At the same time, significant attention is given to your career development skills. There is a strong emphasis on developing research and analytical writing skills. Your dissertation will allow you to develop an area of particular interest in greater depth.


Coursework assignments, including essays and reports, plus a dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

  • International Political Economy: Capitalism, Imperialism and the State
  • Research Skills and Dissertation/Project Proposal
  • Dissertation
  • Economics Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Economic Change and Ideas
  • Financialisation, Globalisation and Economic Policy
  • From State to Global Politics
  • Political Economy: Effective Demand, Exploitation and Crisis
  • Terrorism, Political Violence and Human Rights
  • The Theory and Practice of International Relations

Learn a language

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Cost & Fees

Home and European Union 2016/17

  • MA part time £3,080
  • MA full time £5,600

ELQ (Equivalent Lower Qualification) fee 2016/17

  • MA part time £3,226
  • MA full time £5,865

Overseas (not EU) 2016/17

  • MA part time £7,095
  • MA full time £12,900
Program taught in:
  • English

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1 - 2 years
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