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MA Political Economy (Standard Route)
Study modern political economy and choose from four specialist pathways.

MA Political Economy (Standard Route)

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA)
Duration
1 year full-time; 2 years 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

Apply here

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MA Y Y N N

Course overview

  • Benefit from a course that draws on a long and highly distinguished tradition of political economy at The University of Manchester
  • Develop your interest in a unique, cross-disciplinary curriculum of study in political economy
  • Pursue your own particular interests in political economy through one of our distinct pathways

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Social Sciences and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see open days and visits .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £9,250

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.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and merit awards to outstanding applicants and international students.

In addition, the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a first-class bachelor's degree and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course.

For more information, see fees and funding or search the University's postgraduate funding database .

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Zoe Woodend
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 275 1296
Facsimile
+44 (0) 161 275 2450
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/politics
School/Faculty

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

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.   

English language

IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.5

TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section.

TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 16 September 2017 - CAS issued June 2019 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 16 September 2017 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.  For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

If you are eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply here

Advice to applicants

Due to high demand for this course, we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year, as follows:

  • 1 November (decision by8 December; accept offer by 15 January)
  • 7January (decision by 15 February, accept offer by 15 March)
  • 1 March (decision by8 April, accept offer by 8 May)
  • 1 May (decision by 1 June, accept offer by 1 July)

If we make you an offer, you will have approximately 4 weeks in which to accept (conditional and un-conditional offers). Any offers not accepted by the deadline will be withdrawn so that an offer can be made to another candidate.

All conditional offer holders will have until 1 August to satisfy the conditions of their offer.

Due to competition for places, we give preference to students with grades above our minimum entry requirements. 

You need to ensure that you submit your supporting documents with your online application as it may delay us processing your application before the decision deadline.

Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the decision date, in some instances due to the competition for places/volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the deadline date.

Applications received after our final selection deadline will be considered at our discretion if places are still available.

We can accept your application before you complete your undergraduate studies; please submit your latest transcripts with your online application. 

Please note: 

  • all places are subject to availability and if you apply for one of the later dates, some courses may already be closed, we recommend that you apply early in the cycle to secure your place with us;
  • meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer;
  • international applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines;
  • if you are a current undergraduate student at the University of Manchester, you may be eligible to apply via the 'Fast-Track' scheme, email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk for further information;
  • For a copy of the Postgraduate prospectus, email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk .

How your application is considered

Applications are initially assessed by the Admissions Team and referred to the Admissions Tutor when required.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

The MA in Political Economy course at the University of Manchester 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 the University of Manchester.

The course is taught by members across the Faculty of Humanities in the School of Social Sciences, the School of Environment and Development, and the Alliance Manchester Business School.

You will pursue your particular interests in political economy through one of our four pathways:

  • theoretical political economy;
  • political economy of society, space and environment;
  • political economy of finance, business and work; or
  • Political economy of development.

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

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the full-time course over two years. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time route.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory units and then select your optional units to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit choices during induction week with your course director.

Course unit details

All students studying the MA Political Economy course take a core unit, Theoretical Approaches to Political Economy, which provides a thorough grounding in both classical and contemporary theories of political economy and introduces the basic concepts of the discipline.

Students on the standard route will also take at least two core units together with three other optional units from their chosen pathway. You will also undertake research training units in Dissertation Research Design. Taught units comprise two thirds of the course. The remainder of the course consists of a 12000-15000 word dissertation on a substantial issue in political economy.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Theoretical Approaches to Political Economy POEC61011 30 Mandatory
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
The Political Economy of Global Business BMAN62012 15 Optional
Multinationals and Comparative Employment Systems BMAN70051 15 Optional
Analysing Companies BMAN72201 15 Optional
Microeconomic Theory ECON60101 15 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis ECON60111 15 Optional
Poverty, Inequality and Government Policy in Less Developed Countries ECON60212 15 Optional
Non-Market Valuation ECON60422 15 Optional
Political Economics ECON60492 15 Optional
Economics of Environmental Policy ECON60782 15 Optional
Issues in Environmental Policy GEOG70911 15 Optional
Political Ecologies GEOG70952 15 Optional
Industrial Competitiveness and Global Transformation MGDI60002 15 Optional
Global Political Economy MGDI60072 15 Optional
Work and Employment in the Global Economy MGDI60131 15 Optional
Poverty and Development MGDI60141 15 Optional
Globalisation, Trade and Development MGDI60271 15 Optional
Trade Theory and Development MGDI60291 15 Optional
The Politics and Governance of Development MGDI60391 15 Optional
Climate Change, Disasters and Responses MGDI60552 15 Optional
Economic Development MGDI60711 15 Optional
Environment, Climate Change and Development MGDI60801 15 Optional
Gender & Development MGDI70802 15 Optional
International Finance for Development MGDI72122 15 Optional
Contemporary Issues in Development Finance MGDI72162 15 Optional
Ethics PHIL60052 15 Optional
Comparing Capitalisms in the Global Political Economy POLI60032 15 Optional
The Politics of Money & Finance POLI60081 15 Optional
European Capitalisms: Crises, Transformations and Contestations POLI60292 15 Optional
Critical Globalisation Studies POLI70282 15 Optional
Critical Approaches to International Political Economy POLI70311 15 Optional
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Optional
Critical Environmental Politics POLI70921 15 Optional
Anthropology of Development and Humanitarianism SOAN60111 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 36 course units

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

As a School of Social Sciences postgraduate at Manchester, you will have access to a wide range of careers support tailored to your career or further study.

For more information, see Careers and Employability .