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International Political Economy MSc

International Political Economy MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Economics International Politics

Course type


Course Summary

This programme develops your in depth understanding of the relationship between people, markets, governments / state and society by applying methodology from global economics and politics. You understand risk, finance, globalisation, power balance and you assess trade conditions.

Courses include: International Political Economy – Theory and Themes; Theories and Concepts in International Relations; Energy Politics; Religion, Conflict and Security; Introduction to Energy Economics; Advanced Qualitative Methods in Social Science; Dimensions of Globalisation and more.

  • Teaching has been rated as ‘Excellent’ in the School of Social Science in the most recent national assessment of research quality and joint 6th in the UK.
  • You can attend seminars in the School of Social Science which cover international relations and further political areas plus the Business School and Law School, all of which offer you much wider appreciation of international challenges
  • You study at a beautiful medieval campus dating back to 1495, complete with stunning contemporary glass library with views over the city and beyond and a vibrant cosmopolitan small city at the heart the energy industry.

You gain international perspectives of the relationships which affect us all. The programme prepares you for a career in foreign affairs, public and private sector, government, non-government organisations, corporations, policy making and business.

You study in The School of Social Science. Research centres cut across social sciences to form a rich and interdisciplinary programme which addresses the wider areas affected by political decisions and economics. Research centres include: The New Europe Centre; Centre for Global Security and Governance and PhD supervision is offered in Politics and International Relations and Sociology areas. You are welcome to attend events and seminars offered by the School of Social Science which enhance your knowledge and study interests.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495. It is “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” It provides progressive, innovative research. Many of its subjects continue to progress societal, economic and new innovations to this day. Initially aligned to the university models of Paris and Bologna, this progressive vision continues to attract international research staff and international academics. The stunning contemporary blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library offers you panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond and excellent study facilities.

Old Aberdeen is a heritage tourism attraction in the cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is one of the leading world energy hubs with over 900 related companies located in the city and over 20 FTSE companies many of whom are internationally recognised brands. The city is compact and architecturally very interesting due to its European trading past and silver granite opulence. It offers four shopping centres, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, walks and plenty to do.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



International Political Economy: Theory and Themes - Core
Theories and Concepts in International Relations - Optional
Qualitative Research Methods in Politics and International Relations - Optional
Energy Politics - Optional
Religion, Conflict and Security - Optional
Introduction to Energy Economics - Optional
Dimensions of Globalization - Core
Global Security Issues - Optional
Research Design, Data and Presentation - Optional
International Energy Security - Optional
Terrorism and Counter Terrorism - Optional
Approaches to Quantitative Analysis in Social Research - Optional
Dissertation in International Political Economy - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an upper class honours degree or recognized equivalent in International Relations, Politics, Economics, Management, Business Studies, Law, Geography, History or cognate subject deemed appropriate by the School of Social Science. If a candidate does not meet these requirements, account may be taken of relevant professional experience, e.g. government officials, members of UK or other armed forces, officials of International Organizations and business executives.