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Global Political Economy MA

Are you looking for a career that takes you across the globe? Use your knowledge and insight to make a real difference to connections and collaborations in finance, industry, and commerce across the world.

Key information

Study mode:

100% online


2 years, part time

Applications open:

14 March 2024

Application deadline:

23 August 2024

Next start date:

23 September 2024



Tuition fees:

£18,500 *

These tuition fees may be subject to increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.

(funding options and instalments are available)


* Depending on your country of residence, you may also have to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST) in addition to your tuition fees. You can find further information on the King's Goods and Services tax page.

Course overview

This Global Political Economy MA is an interdisciplinary online programme that explores the interactions of political, economic, and social forces in a global context, and how they are transforming our world. Such forces include individual states and international organisations like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

It also extends to transnational social movements, such as the global climate movement and mass mobilisations against authoritarian rulers.

You’ll consider and come to appreciate the extent to which the global political economy impacts and transforms our everyday world. Its consequences include, for example, economic, financial, and environmental crises, conflict poverty, inequality, and gender relations.

Online Global Political Economy MA Scholarships 

Five scholarships, valued at £5000 per student, are available as a partial contribution towards tuition fees for this course. The deadline for submissions is 14 June 2024. Please see the main King’s website for full details of eligibility criteria and the application process. 

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Why choose this online MA?

Join a leading university

King’s ranked fifth in Europe for politics and international relations (2023 QS World University Rankings). And placed first for research power (Times Higher Education 2021 Research Excellence Framework).

Develop in-depth knowledge

Acquire advanced understanding of major interests, institutions, and ideas that shape the global political economy and the interaction between politics and economics internationally.

Career development

Develop the global perspective and knowledge of international political economy to work in international development, policy, or research in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors across the world.

World-leading academics

Our staff produces world-leading research on key aspects of the global political economy that informs public debates through engagements with policymakers and politicians worldwide.

What you'll study

This Global Political Economy MA is designed to convey an in-depth understanding of how transformations in the global political economy affect different states, regions, and sectors.

Using a social science framework and referencing our own world-leading insight, you will learn to analyse key issues and challenges in the global political economy. In doing so, you will develop an awareness of the challenges, trade-offs, and uncertainties concerning decision-making in the global political economy.

How you'll learn

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Module overview

This online Global Political Economy MA course is comprised of 6 modules: two 30-credit modules in Year 1, two 15-credit modules and one 30-credit module in Year 2, and the 60-credit dissertation to be submitted at the end of Year 2 (180 credits in total). All modules on the programme must be passed to complete the award

You’re required to take the following 6 modules: 

Year one:

Year two:

  • Research Design and Methods (15 credits) 
  • Decolonising Global Political Economy (15 credits) 
  • Political Economy of International Migration (30 credits) 
  • Dissertation (60 credits) 

Meet your Programme Director

Roberto Roccu, Programme Director for the MA in Global Political Economy from King's College London

Dr. Roberto Roccu

Born and raised in Sardinia, Roberto joined King’s in 2012 after completing his PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Roberto’s research focuses primarily on the Middle East and North Africa.

Rather than viewing this region exclusively through the lens of oil, his work examines how actors and forces from the region have themselves contributed to globalisation in a number of ways, and how the resulting global economic transformations have impacted on the economic, political, and social prospects of different countries in the region.

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How you're assessed

Modules will be assessed through a variety of assessment types. This will predominantly include:

Coursework essays

(both summative and formative)

Online quizzes and activities

Individual and group presentations

Written and oral assessments

including (but not limited to) policy briefs, research proposals, and multimedia presentations.

As already mentioned, some parts of the programme will include group-based assessment (formative and summative), alongside the mainstay of individual assessment.

Entry requirements

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Career options in Global Political Economy

On this MA, you will learn various academic and professional analytical, techniques to assess and evaluate different aspects of the global political economy, including but not limited to trade, finance, energy, natural resource availability and extraction, poverty, inequality, migration, and development.  

Typical careers you can expect to pursue include economist, financial analyst, trade specialist, lobbyist, political scientist, policy analyst, business analyst, marketing specialist, researcher, charity advisor, and more. 

Graduates of the on-campus version of this course enjoy highly successful careers across the public, private, and third sector. They can be found working in the UK and Europe, as well as in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.  

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