MAs in the field of political economy

The Department of Economics offers four taught MAs in the field of political economy at Kingston University. In addition, Kingston University is also a partner university in the Erasmus Mundus programme “Economic Policies in the Age of Globalisation” which lasts for two years and involves one year at an international partner university.

Political Economy MA

The Political Economy MA will give you the opportunity to gain knowledge of the recently emerging discipline of political economy. It offers an approach to economics that highlights issues of effective demand, social conflict and financial instability as features of modern capitalism. The course covers Neoclassical, Post Keynesian and Marxist theories and applies them to contemporary issues of austerity policy, neoliberalism, financialisation and globalisation. It is excellent preparation for a range of employment possibilities in government agencies, think tanks, research institutes or in international agencies such as the International Labour Organization. Further information.

Economics (Political Economy) MA

The Economics (Political Economy) MA offers a singular opportunity to pursue economic analysis to MA standard using both standard and heterodox approaches. It covers Neoclassical as well as Keynesian and Marxist theories. Topics covered include selfish versus social foundations of human behaviour, the reasons for and effects of changes in income distribution and efficiency versus instability in the working of financial markets. This degree will give students the knowledge relevant to working in a governmental agency, a private sector firm or an international organisation dealing with economic questions such as the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Further information.

International Politics and Economics MA

The International Politics and Economics MA is an exciting course that links politics, economics and globalisation. It provides both solid subject knowledge and transferable skills that are highly valued in the professional world. Further information.

The course primarily offers the opportunity to:

  • obtain a background in the political and economic aspect of globalisation;
  • build and develop skills in communicating politics and economics at an advanced level;
  • extend your ability to write coherently and with precision;
  • present decision supporting reports verbally and in writing.

Philosophy and Political Economy MA

The Philosophy and Political Economy MA is a significant and distinctive interdisciplinary offering building upon established programmes in the disciplines of philosophy, politics and economics and integrating them into a co-ordinated and multi-faceted programme. Further information.

Economic Policies in the age of Globalisation – Erasmus Mundus Master

Issues and challenges raised by the present-day financial, economic and social crisis, the dynamics of rapid catch-up by poor countries and by environmental issues require a consistent rethinking of the basis of economic policies. They also imply an increasing need for well integrated economic expertise for the management of these policies. The main objective of the EPOG Masters Course is to give birth to a new generation of international experts for the public and private sectors who able to define and assess economic policies and adapt flexibly to a range of different political, social and regional contexts. It thus aims to provide not only an expertise in a specific field of economic policy (as usually done in existing Masters degrees in economics) but also to enable students to get a global perspective on interdependencies and interactions between economic policies.

The European Masters Course ‘Economic Policies in the Age of Globalisation (EPOG): Knowledge, Finance and Development’ is a two-year Masters programme by a consortium of eight universities and has won a EU Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses (EMMC) grant. EPOG consists of three streams:

  • Option A – Knowledge and innovation policies
  • Option B – International macroeconomics and financial policies
  • Option C – Development policies

Depending on their stream, students will be enrolled at Turin (option A), Kingston or Berlin (option B) or Berlin and Johannesburg (option C). Students will spend teaching blocks [semesters] 1 and 2 (taught courses) at their base university; teaching block 1 of year 2 (taught courses that are not part of the MSc requirements) will take place in Paris and students will write their dissertation in teaching block 2 (of year 2). Students can write their dissertation either in their base university, at Paris or at one of the overseas partner universities. Students attend a dissertation workshop at the end of Semester 4, where they present their work. EPOG Students receive an MA/MSc from their base university and a certificate from the consortium upon completion of all requirements. Admissions are decided upon by the consortium committee. Further information.

Research degrees (PhD: MA by Research)

PERG welcomes enquiries regarding our research degrees (PhD) programme in the area of Political Economy. Further information.

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