University of York

University of York

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Politics and Development)

This course focuses narrowly on specific areas relating to the politics of development, this course offers an integrated and interdisciplinary education with a focus on politics and international development. Building on the range of staff at the University with interests in the area, it covers both the political and economic dimensions of international development, and gives you a foundation in economics. It also provides essential research training in the social sciences.

Entry requirements

The MA is open to those with a good 1st degree (i.e. an upper 2nd or equivalent) in any subject. It is possible for students with no prior knowledge of economics to take this course without having to attend the economics summer session. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Core modules include: The PPE of social choice; research skills for PPE; theories and policies of development governance; development and conflict or politics of international trade and development or development economics; dissertation. Students also take 1 of 2 modules from economics, either: Applied microeconomics 1 or economic analysis for PPE. In addition students take further taught modules of their choice, from a wide range of options offered by the economics or politics departments, with at least 20 credits being from politics.

Assessment methods

Unseen examination papers, essays and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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