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Degree awarded
Master of Arts
12 Months Full-Time; 24 Months Part-Time
Entry requirements
Applicants are expected to have a first or upper second class Honours degree or its international equivalent. We welcome applicants from a range of degree backgrounds, including Economics, Politics, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, and Geography.   

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The MA in Political Economy programme at Manchester University offers a cross-disciplinary curriculum of study in political economy. The MA is housed in the Centre for the Study of Political Economy, which brings together the world-class research strengths in the field of political economy at Manchester University. The programme is taught from members across the Faculty of Humanities in the School of Social Sciences, the School of Environment and Development, and the Alliance Manchester Business School.

Each student will pursue their particular interests in political economy through one of four pathways:

  • Theoretical Political Economy
  • Political Economy of Society, Space and Environment
  • Political Economy of Finance, Business and Work
  • Political Economy of Development.

Each pathway offers courses drawn from across the different disciplines in the schools, offering the student an exposure to the full breadth of the field of political economy.

Course Director: Professor John O'Neil

Tel: 0161 275 4853

Email:  John.F.O'

Open days

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,700
    International students (per annum): £15,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,850
    International students (per annum): £7,750

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


Please see the School's funding page for further information.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Zoe Woodend
0161 275 1296
0161 275 2450
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