This course starts in September 2020

Global Political Economy MA

Global Political Economy MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2020
Apply by:
1 August 2020 (international), 1 September 2020 (UK/EU)
  • 1st in the world for development studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019)
  • 100% of Global Political Economy MA students were in work six months after graduating (Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017)

The global economy is reshaping all aspects of society. This affects policy, the environment and social inequalities. Studying our Global Political Economy MA will give you innovative perspectives on these transformations and the power struggles underlying them.

Study in one of the largest departments of International Relations in Europe. You’ll explore social and political aspects of economic shifts, and look at innovative practices and policies that enable change. You’ll gain novel perspectives on:

  • neoliberalism and alternatives
  • financial crises, debt and austerity
  • rising powers and global governance
  • development and inequality
  • multinational corporations.
You’ll study at the centre of theoretical innovation on international politics. We host the world-renowned Centre for Global Political Economy, the Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research and the Centre for Advanced International Theory. You’ll learn from our multidisciplinary environment, interdisciplinary approach and, cutting-edge research. We have an international faculty and distinctive programme of events.
My MA has been an invaluable experience! For me, it has demystified finance and economics – I now feel significantly more confident in my academic abilities.”Ellie Ferguson
Global Political Economy MA

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of at least 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 72%-85% depending on your university.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both a Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of at least 70%-75% depending on your university

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 80%.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.0-3.5/5.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with at least 80% or GPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 13/20 from a public university or 15/20 from a private university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Bakalavr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA of at least 3.3/4.5 or 3.1/4.3 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of at least 67%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both proof of graduation in addition to your transcript.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should preferably be in a social sciences or humanities subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement. 

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A - C in English language

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Pre-Masters

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out about Pre-Masters routes

Application deadlines

1 August 2020 (international), 1 September 2020 (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and personal life. 

For details about the part-time course, contact us at globalstudiespg@sussex.ac.uk

Modules

These modules are running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Fieldtrip

This course offers an optional fieldtrip to Brussels, Belgium or Geneva, Switzerland. A fieldtrip aims to foster your interaction and engagement with policy-makers and practitioners from a wide range of international organisations.

Placements

You can apply to take a placement with this course. On placement, you gain work experience related to your subject and practical skills in preparation for a professional career. Research placements run for up to 12 weeks in the summer term and vacation. You can also write your dissertation based on your experience.

The School of Global Studies and the Careers and Employability Centre will help you with your applications.

Find out more about Global Studies postgraduate placements

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t undertake your placement/internship in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid 

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Dr Matthew Ford

Dr Matthew Ford

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Research interests

Counterinsurgency, Military Innovation, Military-Technical Change, Organisational Change, Revolution in Military Affairs, Science And Technology Studies, Security studies, Utility of Force, War and Society, War Studies

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Dr Earl Gammon

Dr Earl Gammon

Lecturer in Global Political Economy

Research interests

cultural political economy, emotions and political economy, history of political-economic thought, Political-economic behaviour, political-economic psychology, theories of political economy

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Dr Julian Germann

Dr Julian Germann

Senior Lecturer in International Relatio

Research interests

Finance, global economic crisis, Global Governance, Historical Sociology of IR, International political economy, neoliberalism, Trade, varieties of capitalism

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Prof Beate Jahn

Prof Beate Jahn

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

Classical Theory, Critical Theory, History of IR, Ideology, Liberal internationalism

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Dr David Karp

Dr David Karp

Senior Lecturer In International Relations

Research interests

Ethics, Human Rights, International Business and Human Rights, International human rights, International Political Theory, International theory, Law and Responsibility, non-state actors, Political Philosophy, political theory, Security studies, Transnational corporations

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Dr Paul Kirby

Research interests

Conflict and violence, Cultural Studies & Pop Culture, Feminist theory, gender, gender-based violence, International Political Theory, International security, War and violence in international politics, War Studies, Wartime sexual violence

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Dr Samuel Knafo

Dr Samuel Knafo

Reader in International Relationsns

Research interests

Critical Theory, Finance, historical and political sociology, neoliberalism, Political economy

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Dr Kamran Matin

Dr Kamran Matin

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

Eurocentrism, International historical sociology, International theory, Iranian Studies, Kurdish Studies, Marxism, Middle East (developing), Nationalism, political Islam

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Prof Peter Newell

Prof Peter Newell

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

Climate change, Energy, Finance

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Prof Louiza Odysseos

Prof Louiza Odysseos

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

Continental Philosophy, Edouard Glissant, Ethics, Frantz Fanon, Human Rights, International theory, Martin Heidegger, Michel Foucault, Phenomenology, Post-structuralist thought, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, Resistance (political), Sylvia Wynter

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Dr Stefanie Ortmann

Dr Stefanie Ortmann

Lecturer in International Relations

Research interests

Conspiracy theories, Critical Geopolitics, Kyrgyzstan, Legacies of empire and territorialities in Central Asia, Political imaginaries and mythologies, Rising Powers, Russia, The state and sovereignty in global politics, Transnational populism

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Prof Patricia Owens

Prof Patricia Owens

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

History and Theory of War, History of International Thought, International Relations, Women's intellectual history

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Dr Fabio Petito

Dr Fabio Petito

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Research interests

civilizational analysis, comparative political theory, Contemporary Religion, Geopolitics, Italian Studies, Mediterranean Politics, religion and international relations

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Dr Anne Roemer-Mahler

Dr Anne Roemer-Mahler

Reader in International Relations

Research interests

Business-government relations, Ebola, Global health governance, Pharmaceutical industry, Political economy

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Prof Justin Rosenberg

Prof Justin Rosenberg

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

International Relations, Marxism, Social Theory, Uneven and Combined Development

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Prof Benjamin Selwyn

Prof Benjamin Selwyn

Professor of International Relations and International Development

Research interests

Brazil, Class Relations, Global Capitalism, Global Value Chains and Development, labour, Poverty and inequality, Social movements, Theories of development

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Prof Anna Stavrianakis

Prof Anna Stavrianakis

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

arms control, arms trade, Critical Military Studies, critical security studies, critical war studies, militarisation, militarism, War and violence in international politics

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Prof Benno Teschke

Prof Benno Teschke

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

Critical Theory and Marxism, Geopolitics, German Political Thought, Historical Sociology of IR, History and Theory of War, IR Theory, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, The History of Capitalism

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Prof Cynthia Weber

Prof Cynthia Weber

Professor of International Relations

Research interests

American Studies, citizenship, Critical Gender Studies, Feminist International Relations, Film and International Relations, Intervention, Poststructuralist International Relations, Queer International Relations, Sovereignty

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Prof Rorden Wilkinson

Prof Rorden Wilkinson

Professor of Global Political Economy

Research interests

Development, Global Governance, International Relations, popular culture, World trade

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This MA is ideal for you if you wish to pursue a career in international organisations, development agencies or NGOs, or journalism. Or if you’d like to take up a role in the private sector that requires knowledge of the global political and economic system.

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Recent Global Political Economy MA graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • research officer, Institute for Employment Studies
  • chairperson, Oxfam IBIS
  • manager account development, American Express.

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Sussex was challenging, eye-opening and exciting. I learned to approach topics critically and to write clearly. I gained an understanding of the architecture of power and wealth – locally and globally.”Katie Huston
Development Manager, South African Education and Environment Project
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