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MSc International Political Economy/MSc in International Political Economy (Research)

This programme is intended for graduates with a good first degree in Politics, Economics, History, International Relations and other degrees with similar content.

The MSc International Political Economy Research is designed as a preparation for research work if you are entering the field from another related discipline. The MSc International Political Economy gives an introduction to the academic study of the subject and would be suitable if you plan to progress to a career that might have an international focus.

It is not necessary to decide which programme you prefer until you submit your option choices in the Michaelmas Term, normally in late-October, unless (as a Home/EU applicant) you intend to apply for ESRC funding, in which case you will need to have decided to study the research programme and state this on your application form. If you do not apply for, or do not get, ESRC funding, it may be possible, depending on your choice of options, to change programmes up to the end of the first term of the course.

The majority of the teaching takes place in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. You must also submit a 10,000 word dissertation by 1 September, or if this falls at the weekend, the first working day after 1 September.

Applicants should note that this programme focuses on political economy and is not a course in international economics. Although economic concepts are taken very seriously, the focus is firmly upon the political determinants and effects of economic outcomes.

Video about International Political Economy


Featuring academics from the International Relations Department at the LSE, ‘Aspects of IR: International Political Economy’ is a 7-minute film about the study of international political economy, particularly at the LSE.
The film looks at what we study, and why, and also at the major themes in IPE, such as the financial crisis, climate change and globalisation of markets.  It debates how IPE fits into IR, and the rewards and value of studying IPE.
Contributors: Dr Julia Gray, Dr James Morrison, Dr Stephen Woolcock



Further information for prospective applicants

Further information for offer holders: course structures and indicative reading

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Please note that the degree regulations and course structures are only updated in the summer of each year, and until that happens the links will point to the current year's information.

Further information for offer holders and current students

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