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Course summary

Countries and governments face increasingly complex, multifaceted problems - from the cost-of-living crisis and rampant inflation to the climate emergency and the erosion of democratic institutions. Political economy, in analysing the relationship between political systems, institutions and markets, is an invaluable discipline in understanding these complex problems, the multifaceted nature of their causes and routes to potential solutions. Our Political Economy masters will equip you with a systematic understanding of how political and economic systems interact. It encourages students to think of politics and economics as interdependent spheres in which governments, firms and citizens influence each other. The programme brings together domestic and international analyses of economic policy processes, allowing you to develop a thorough understanding of the political dynamics involved in the making of economic policy. If you're interested in public policy or consultancy you'll also have the opportunity to develop the methodological skills required for conducting statistical analysis with economic and political data. Ranked 6th in the UK for Politics (Times Good University Guide 2023)


You'll study a range of compulsory and elective classes which will give you an advanced understanding of the study of political economy. You'll learn about the design and implementation of advanced research projects in political science and about social sciences more generally. Core modules include: Comparative Political Economy, International Political Economy, Quantitative Analysis, Quantitative Analysis 2. Elective modules include: International institutions & regimes, Contemporary International Relations, Comparative Political Institutions, Comparative Public Policy, Principles of Research Design, Policy Analysis, European Governance, Can Democracy Deliver?

Assessment method

Student assessments are variable targeting a number of important skills such as: presentations, oral assessments, critical essay, written policy memos, team projects.

Entry requirements

First or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science.

Fees and funding

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Sponsorship information

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.

Political Economy at University of Strathclyde - UCAS