MRes Global Political Economy

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
  • Business and Management
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September


Focusing on important contemporary issues such as globalisation, governance and inequality as well as other societal challenges, students of this programme will acquire a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research skills enabling a comprehensive assessment of the impact of such issues on the global political economy.

This cross-disciplinary Masters degree, with offerings from Management, Economics, Politics, Geography and Accounting, offers students an incredibly diverse and intellectually stimulating perspective on how each area directly impacts on the global political economy. And, utilising new international data sources and methods, students will also learn how to fully comprehend, analyse and address issues affecting the global political and economic landscape.

Ideal for students interested in a variety of careers including government, the private sector, think tanks, policy-making and charities. This new programme is accredited by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) and provides students with the opportunity to achieve outstanding career credentials.

Programme structure

This programme is available for study 12 months full-time or 24 months part time. The course is delivered collaboratively by the University of Exeter, University of Bristol and the University of Bath as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). Students can elect to study optional modules at the Universities of Exeter, Bristol or Bath.

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits.

Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.

The programme is divided into units of study called 'modules' which are assigned a number of 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

Compulsory modules

BEE3042 International Political Economy 15
BEMM049 Research Methods 15
SSIM901 Interdisciplinary Research Design 15
BEEM102 Quantitative Research Techniques 1 15
BEMM355 Dissertation 60

Optional modules

BEEM100 Macroeconomics 15
BEMM116 Principles of International Business 15
POLM105 The Politics of Global Capitalism 30
POLM073 Political Economy of Food and Agriculture 15
BEMM041 Leading, Managing and Developing People 15
BEMM161 Sustainable Enterprise Economy 15
BEMM042 Resourcing and Talent Management 15
BEMM059 International Human Resource Management 15
BEMM164 Consumption, Markets & Culture 15
BEEM112 Quantitative Research Techniques 2 15
BEEM108 International Trade and Regional Integration 15
BEAM026 Corporate Governance, Reporting and Regulation 15
GEOM159 Governing Sustainability 15
GEOM248 Introduction to Energy Policy and Sustainability 15
BEAM051 Principles of International Taxation 15

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Our postgraduate taught programmes utilise a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars and tutorials.


The aim of lectures is to give you information on ideas that are central to the module and to help you in developing your understanding of complex ideas. Many of the teaching materials for lectures are made available to you electronically to accompany the notes you take during the lecture. Lectures are given by a range of staff members, including leading professors, who integrate their latest research findings into the teaching that you receive. Guest lecturers, including members of industry, also contribute to some modules.

Seminars and tutorials

Seminars and tutorials involve an in-depth exploration of the issues covered in lectures as well as giving you the opportunity to discuss various concepts and theories and receive feedback on your written assignments.


Modules are assessed through a mixture of group work, coursework, project work and examinations; the weighting of each of these components will vary according to the academic requirements of the module. Examinations are normally held at the end of the module, in January and May/June.


We are very proud of our graduates who have careers across a broad range of sectors and are working all over the world. Example destinations of recent graduates of the School's postgraduate programmes include:

  • Director, Strategic Matters UK
  • Business Analyst, Dresdner Kleinwort
  • Business Consultant, Transition Consulting
  • Account Executive, IMG
  • Financial Business Analyst, Reuters
  • Chartered Financial Analyst, 7city Learning
  • Equity Analyst, Japanese Bank
  • Trainee Fund Manager, Scottish Widows
  • Finance Analyst, The Arcadia Group
  • Business Analyst, Dresdner Kleinwort
  • Assistant Economist, Customs and Excise
  • Economist, Bank of Estonia
  • PhD Statistics, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Associate Lecturer, Universidad de Castilla, Spain (PhD Economics)
  • Risk Analyst, GE Capita
  • Trainee Accountant, Citibank
  • Investment Analyst, Stamford Associates
  • Account Manager, Renaissance Group, Nicosia
  • Investment Analyst, Capital Finance
  • Senior Executive, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prague
  • Economist, Civil Service
  • Global Share Dealer, Deloitte
  • Ship Broker, Ssy
  • Banker, Standard and Chartered

Developing your skills and career prospects

The University of Exeter Business School provides a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. Visit our postgraduate Building brilliant careers web page for more information.

Further information

Further information is available through the Careers pages of the University’s Postgraduate Study website.

Entry requirements 2017

A 2:1 degree with honours in Economics or a related discipline such as Politics, International Development, Social Sciences or Management from a recognised university.

Applications must include an outline of intended research proposal.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £4,150
  • International: £14,200

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Current available funding

AwardValueApplication deadlineDescription
ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 Studentships: Global Political Economy £14,296 plus UK/EU tuition fees for eligible students Thu 2nd Feb 2017 The University of Exeter is pleased to be offering ESRC funded 1+3 or +3 studentships as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership for entry in 2017-18. Within the SWDTP, the Business School is currently inviting applications for ESRC-facing research in Global Political Economy

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