University of Sussex

University of Sussex

Global Political Economy

Fundamental questions are being raised as to the ability of the global political economy to cope successfully with an everincreasing number of challenges such as climate change, financial instability, food crises, energy, security, and the rise of new economic powers. This programme is placed to analyse the impact of these contemporary transformations. You examine the historical emergence of the global political economy, contemporary transformations such as globalisation and environmental challenges, the changing nature of global governance, and the implications of the current economic crisis for the nature of the capitalist system and the global distribution of wealth and power. On many of our MA courses, you are encouraged to participate in: Visiting practitioner and lecturer workshops on specific topics; our new security challenges lecture series involving high-profile practitioners, policymakers and analysts

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent), preferably in a humanities or social sciences subject. Relevant degrees include: Political science; economics; geography; history; law; philosophy; sociology; and area studies. A degree in the social sciences or humanities does not constitute a strict requirement and applicants with degrees in other disciplines will be given due consideration. Relevant work and voluntary experience will also be considered, particularly in cases where candidates fall short of the academic requirement.

Course modules

Autumn term: Contemporary theories in global political economy; global political economy. Spring term: You choose 2 from: East Asia in the international system; foreign policy analysis; governing global capitalism; human rights in international relations; irregular warfare; peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction; queer international relations; reading foucault in international relations; religions, cultures and civilisations in international relations; rethinking imperialism; Russian foreign and security policy; science, technology and war; terror, security and the state; the global politics of disease and biosecurity; the Middle East in global order; the political economy of development; the political economy of global finance; the political economy of the environment; research methods and professional skills. Summer term: You carry out work on your MA dissertation under the supervision of a member of faculty. There is also a dissertation with a placement option.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by unseen examinations; a 5000-word term paper; each spring-term option is generally assessed by a 5000-word term paper; a 10000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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