Course information

Length

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Course overview

See the story behind what's right in front of you. The MA Global Political Economy examines the world in real terms. You will work in small groups with world class experts at the Political Economy Research Centre (PERC), as well as across a number of other Goldsmiths departments, and learn how to hold the world up to scrutiny.

Why study MA Global Political Economy at Goldsmiths?

  • Learn about the relationship between economy and ecology, the challenge of responding to climate change, and how to make these issues central to the analysis of politics and economics.
  • Work closely with academic experts in small-group workshops and seminars.
  • Learn in a truly interdisciplinary programme that allows you to analyse the mechanics of the global political economy from a variety of perspectives.
  • You will trace the unsteady making of the capitalist world, its relation to the environment, and the theories we have developed to make sense of it.
  • Choose from a wide variety of options to build the bespoke degree programme that best suits your interests and ambitions.
  • Be part of a multicultural powerhouse located in a global city that lives and breathes international political economy.
  • You’ll be taught by staff with international reputations in their disciplines and areas of specialisation. These include finance, global governance, international development, post-colonialism, and imperialism, among others.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Sahil Dutta.

What you'll study

Structure

The MA in Global Political Economy is built up of modules that must count up to 180 credits. The programme comprises:

  • Two core modules (60 Credits total)
  • A combination  of optional 15 and 30 credit modules from the Politics and International Relations department, or other departments upon request (60 credits).
  • A dissertation (60 Credits)

Core modules

Module title Credits
  Global Capitalism: Theory and History 30
  Political Economy of the Anthropocene 30
  Dissertation 60

Option modules

Module title Credits
  An(Other) China: Postcolonial Theory, Postmodern Concerns 30 credits
  Visualising Asia: Body, Gender, Politics 30 credits
  Counter-Mapping: The Politics of Space 30 credits
  Politics of Human Rights 15 credits
  Memory and Justice in Post-Conflict Societies 30 credits
  Politics of Knowledge: Debates in Human Science 15 credits
  Psychopolitics 15 credits
  Middle Eastern and Islamic Thought: Political Philosophy in a Comparative Perspective 15 credits
  Development for the 21st Century 30 credits
  Decolonising Politics: Actions and Ideas from the Global South 30 credits
  Gender and Politics 15 credits
  Armed Politics and Political Violence 30 credits
  Political Economy of the Global South 15 credits
  The United States in the World Economy 15 credits
  Experts and Economies 15 credits
  Finance and Power 15 credits
  Rethinking (In)security 15 credits

In addition to these modules, you will be able to choose from a range of modules available through other Goldsmiths departments, including Sociology, Anthropology, and Media, Communications, and Cultural studies.

Download the programme specification, for the 2019-20 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year.

  • Home/EU - full-time: £8040
  • Home/EU - part-time: £4020
  • International - full-time: £15500

If your fees are not listed here, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

If you're an international student interested in studying part-time, please contact our Admissions Team to find out if you're eligible.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from 1 October for students wanting to start the following September. 

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an earlier application deadline.

Selection process

Final admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.

Careers

We know that political organisations relish free thinking graduates. It’s why we focus on delivering a programme that’s rooted in a critical perspective. By the time you leave we want you to feel transformed so that you can go forward and bring that transformation out into the world. 

With our MA in Global Political Economy, you could go on to work for global government institutions, like the UN or the OECD, as well as in civil society institutions, NGOs, or in academia.

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