University of Essex

University of Essex

Political Economy

Our course covers all aspects of modern political economy, including: market failure; the political logic of policy choices; and the trade-off between different political goals. Those students who are interested in how institutions shape the behaviour of political actors and how political decisions influence markets and vice versa, profit from our course. It is also a good choice if for those who wish to maintain the flexibility of pursuing a career at an international organisation, a government organisation, a private enterprise or as a political consultant.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant social science like politics, international relations, economics, political economy or sociology. Degrees from other subjects may be considered where there is evidence of some mathematical training, statistical background and relevant work experience, although you will be required to submit a personal statement with your application form. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules: Political economy; political explanation; advanced research methods; dissertation. Optional modules include: Advanced research methods; applications of data analysis; banking; behavioural economics 1 (individual decision making); behavioural economics 2 (games and markets); comparative European politics; computational agent-based macroeconomics, financial markets and policy design; conflict resolution; contemporary theories of justice; econometric methods; 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; macroeconomics; market structure and strategic behaviour; mathematical methods; microeconomics; monetary economics; panel data methods; 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.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include written coursework, assignments, end of term tests and an exam at the end of the year.

Sponsorship information

Research councils and some University of Essex studentships available; this course has ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation, meaning it can form part of a 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £18,000 for talented postgraduates; the University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,750 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 15,500 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MSc Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,750 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months
MSc Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Graduate Administrator, Department of Government
Telephone number: 
01206 872719