This course provides training in the discipline of international political economy. It includes an understanding of contemporary debate on globalisation and its effect on states, economies and societies in both advanced and developing countries.
This course gives you the opportunity to explore key themes in contemporary international political economy, such as the growing tensions between the 'globalising' world economy, the traditional nation state, and the persistence and causes of poverty. It is enhanced by the lively debates in this growing field of study, with direct contemporary relevance.
The course provides rigorous training in areas such as:
- theories and theorists of international political economy
- the state in international political economy - international and regional studies politics
- research training in the study of politics
This gives you a sound foundation from which to embark on a career with significant international dimensions or pursue a postgraduate research degree in international political economy studies.
As a student on this course you will develop:
- knowledge of the more important approaches and methods in social science research and the techniques required to carry out advanced research
- theoretical and practical research skills, including the synthesis of materials from a variety of primary and secondary sources
We have a student-run Politics Postgraduate Society which brings together MA and PhD students to organise academic and social events. The Society runs:
- professional development seminars, led by academic staff
- seminars delivered by fellow postgraduates - round-table discussions with staff and visitors
- the 'New Voices' seminar series, for exciting young external speakers
- a weekly film night during term time
Key staff include Dr Richard Dodgson.
Teaching takes place on Newcastle University's city centre campus. Small group seminars, of no more than 15 students, create a highly positive and intimate learning environment.
You will enjoy the benefit of most teaching taking place in the Politics building with the Peter Robinson Library next door. This space includes a dedicated postgraduate computer room and a postgraduate common room.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take a further 60 credits from the following:
- NCL8007 Career Development for Masters Level Students (Cracking Careers: Exploring and Driving Your Career Options)
- POL8003 Integration in Europe
- POL8006 Theories of International Relations
- POL8018 The State in the International Political Economy
- POL8020 American Foreign Policy
- POL8029 The Politics of Global Change
- POL8038 Doing Political Research
- POL8039 Global Justice and Human Rights
- POL8040 War,Terrorism and Peace: Ethical Perspectives
- POL8043 Globalisation, Poverty and Development
- POL8044 Critical Geopolitics
- POL8048 World Politics and Popular Culture
- POL8051 Ethics in IR
- POL8057 Modern East Asian Political Thought
- POL8058 Sex, Race and Biopolitics
- POL8059 The United Nations and Global Governance
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
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Fees & Funding
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Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £7,200
Part time: £3,600
Full time: £16,200
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EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 and 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in politics, international studies or a related discipline.
We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.