The program in Political Economy offers bolder challenges than mainstream business economics, but better career opportunities than a traditional social science education.
The program focuses on phenomena and processes in the boundary areas between politics and economics, both in a national and in an international context. All organizations and economies as a whole rely on government relations. Understanding government is an important asset for the business sector as well as non-profit organizations.
The MSc program in Political Economy offers students a theoretical, empirical and practical education, and is organized around four core issues:
- The global impetus: The challenge of supranational institutions and international competition to national policy-making.
- The welfare state: The challenge of demographic changes and changing attitudes to work-participation.
- The service state: The challenge of New Public Management to government service provision.
- The regulatory state: The combined challenges of serious ecological degradation and intensified global market competition.
About the Program
The purpose of the program is to offer students a thorough understanding of the interaction between the market economy and political systems and the local, national and supra-national level.
On basis of modern theories of political economy, students will learn how governments affect the conditions of for-profit corporations and non-profit organizations, and how these organizations can influence government decisions. Students will be equipped with important practical tools, including quantitative methods, writing up professional reports, and bargaining skills.
What are your career opportunities?
At the end of the day, you will expect to get your degree on schedule and start up your professional career. Mostly depend on yourself. The important thing now is to take up a specialization that you find exciting and gives you a competitive edge when you enter the job market.
The MSc in Political Economy offers bolder challenges than mainstream business economics, but better career opportunities than traditional social science programs.
Graduates from the program are qualified for positions in non-profit and voluntary organizations, international non-governmental organizations, consultancy firms and lobbying organizations, government ministries and agencies, as well as positions in international business corporations, particularly government and external relations
With more and more people taking higher education, you need to find a graduate degree which is versatile and unique at the same time.
The job market for students with standard business school degrees and social science degrees is highly competitive. How does your CV stand out in the application queue?
The Master of Science Program in Political Economy is a two-year, 120-ECTS-credit program, 90-course credits, and 30 MSc thesis credits.
Common Courses 5 courses 30 credits
Specialization Courses 10 courses (5 advanced) 60 credits
Thesis 30 credits
Total 120 credits
The MSc program has three types of courses:
* Common courses, which provide a common methodological platform for all MSc students at BI; typically taken in the first year of the program.
* Specialisation courses, which address core topics in political economy and provide the basis for independent analysis; typically taken in the first year of the program.
* Advanced specialization courses, which explore the key questions in the polticial economy in greater depth; typically taken in the second year of the program.
The program culminates in the MSc thesis, which enables the student to pursue in depth a particular area of interest and develop a personal understanding of a leading edge issue in the field of specialization.
Core Concepts in Political Economy
Corporate Social Responsibility
European Union Politics
Public Opinion and Input Politics
Mission Based Organizations
One elective course
Advanced Specialisation Courses:
Political Economy and Macro Economics
The Political Economy of Regulation
The Political Economy of Government: Public Policy and Reform
The Political Economy of Redistribution
The Political Process: The Firm, Organised Interests, and Lobbying
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Last updated November 16, 2018