Political Economy (MA)

The MA in Political Economy is designed as a one year full-time, or two year part-time taught programme. The programme consists of a broad-based multi-disciplinary curriculum.

The MA programme contains the following elements:

•    Core module: Key Concepts in Contemporary Political Economy (40 credits). This has to be taken by every student
•    Core Dissertation: 15,000 words (60 credits). This has to be completed by every student
•    Optional Modules: Chosen from a range of possibilities (worth at least 80 credits in total).

Students choose their own topic for the dissertation but it must fall within the remit of your programme of study and must be approved by a member of the MA teaching team, who will nominate a supervisor. If you are a part-time student, you are advised to take the core modules in your first year of study and write your dissertation in your second year.


Our MA programme will enable you to:

  • Acquire the core background in economic and political theory necessary to engage in the interdisciplinary enquiry of political economy.
  • Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of rival theories in both positive and normative political economy.
  • Develop the interdisciplinary skills necessary to engage with debates about the ability of political and market process to address economic and ethical dilemmas.
  • Apply key political economic concepts to a range of subject areas including comparative political economy, economic development, constitutional analysis, crime and punishment, and distributive justice.

Our programme is designed around core taught modules on key concepts in contemporary political economy and an independent dissertation.

A range of option modules are offered, enabling you to specialise and develop in-depth knowledge of various sub-fields within political economy.

Our Department of Political Economy is the only such department in the UK and provides a unique opportunity to study this interdisciplinary terrain in an environment uniquely designed for that purpose.

Course purpose

Our MA Political Economy reflects King’s commitment to developing political economy as a discipline. It is particularly suitable if you want to:

* acquire the conceptual tools necessary to engage with contemporary domestic and global affairs at an advanced level.
* develop the skills needed to make lateral connections across and between fields of study – skills which are required not only for careers in academic research but also increasingly for employability in the public, civil and private sectors.
* develop a rounded approach to learning and personal development which an interdisciplinary environment can bring.

There are no disciplinary prerequisites for entry to the programme.

Course format and assessment

Teaching is by a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work. You also have the opportunity to engage with visiting speakers and senior figures from the worlds of politics and policy.

The modules on this programme are assessed by a combination of exams and coursework. Typically 20-credit modules might comprise one or two assessments – either one or two essays, an exam/mid-term exam and attendance and participation. The dissertation module will be assessed by a 1,000-word research proposal (10%) and a 15,000-word dissertation (90%)

General entry advice

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in mathematics or mathematics based subject.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Your application will be assessed by an admissions tutor and we aim to reply within six to eight weeks of the date of submission.

Personal statement and supporting information

Please address your mathematical qualifications, any relevant experience and eventual career ambitions in a one page personal statement.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

  • Full time UK fees: £10,500 p.a. (2016/17)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £18,750 p.a. (2016/17)*
  • Part time UK fees: £5,250 p.a. (2016/17)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £9,375 p.a. (2016/17)*

*Tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King’s Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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