Course information

Length

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Course overview

We will be making some changes to the way our programmes will be delivered in 2021-22 to ensure we continue to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. All programmes will be delivered in-person on campus with some specific sessions within each programme being delivered online in a pre-recorded format. Where necessary, changes will also be made to assessment formats.

All changes will be considered through the College's established processes to assure the quality of each programme. Approved changes to programmes will be published from 19 July.

If government guidelines change, it may mean we need to make further adjustments to teaching arrangements. If this is the case, you will be notified of any further changes.

See the story behind what's right in front of you. The MA Global Political Economy explores the dynamics of our changing world. 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 political economy of ecological break down, the challenge of building a sustainable world, and how to make these issues central to the analysis of politics and economics.
  • Learn about the relationship between global financialised capitalism, global inequality, and the possibility of a sustainable future.
  • Work closely with academic experts in small-group workshops and seminars.
  • Learn in a truly interdisciplinary programme that allows you to see the global political economy from a variety of perspectives.
  • Choose from a wide variety of options to build the bespoke degree programme that best suits your interests and ambitions.
  • Join the series of job talks from insiders at policy Think Tanks, NGOs and the private sector. 
  • Join the community of academics, policy experts, journalists, and activists who speak regularly at Goldsmith’s Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) events.
  • Be part of a multicultural community located in a global city.
  • You’ll be taught by staff with international reputations in their disciplines and areas of specialisation. These include ecology, 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 compulsory 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)

Compulsory modules

Module title Credits
  Global Capitalism: Theory and History 30 credits
  The Political Economy of the Anthropocene 30 credits
  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
  Decolonising Knowledge: Debates in Human Science 30 credits
  Psychopolitics 15 credits
  Islam, Revolution, and Empire 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. 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.

For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page

What our students say

Liam O'Reilly

I have found studying the MA Global Political Economy equal parts challenging and rewarding.

I have found studying the MA Global Political Economy equal parts challenging and rewarding. As would be expected of a course at Goldsmiths, critical thinking is at the forefront of all modules, while the pedagogical approach of the lecturers has encouraged us as students to be a part of the knowledge production process. As a course, it is well designed, with the core modules giving us a grounding in the discipline as a whole as well as taking an innovative approach to thinking about the global economy in ecological terms. The optional modules also enable us to expand our knowledge of the global political economy. The teaching has been first rate, including when it had to be taken online at very short notice, while assessments have allowed us to deepen our engagement with various topics and the feedback that I have received has been extremely detailed and fruitful for my continuing academic development.

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 2021/2022 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £8370
  • Home - part-time: £4185
  • International - full-time: £16120

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.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time if you require a Student Visa, however this is currently being reviewed and will be confirmed in the new year. Please read our visa guidance in the interim for more information. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

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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