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Postgraduate Taught

MRes Global Political Economy

UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
Entry year 2024
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Business and Management
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2:1 degree with honours in Economics or related discipline.

Contextual offers


  • The MRes Global Political Economy is a one-year specialist research programme designed to provide the taught portion of a PhD, but it can also provide a strong foundation for students interested in a variety of careers including the academy, government, non-government organization (NGOs), think tanks, and policy-making.
  • Focus on important contemporary issues such as globalisation, governance, inequality, and other societal challenges.
  • Cross-disciplinary Masters degree, with offerings from Management, Economics, Politics and Accounting, offers students an incredibly diverse and intellectually stimulating perspective on how each area directly impacts on the global political economy
  • Acquire a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research skills enabling students to comprehend, analyse and address issues affecting the global political and economic landscape.
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Entry requirements

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

Applications must include a Research Statement (no more than 1000 words). This should include the following:

  • An explanation of  why you have chosen a research Masters rather than a taught Masters programme.
  • An outline of how this MRes programme will help further your career goals.
  • An outline of your research interests.
  • 3-5 key strengths that make you an ideal candidate for the MRes, referring to your CV.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile E. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

A cross-disciplinary Masters degree with offerings from management, economics, politics and accounting means you will gain an incredibly diverse and intellectually stimulating perspective on how each area directly impacts on the global political economy.

We utilise new international data sources and methods, so you will also learn how to fully comprehend, analyse and address issues affecting the global political and economic landscape whilst acquiring a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research skills.

This programme is available to study over 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). You can elect to study optional modules at the universities of Exeter, Bristol or Bath.

  • During the programme you will study modules totalling 180 credits.
  • Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.
  • Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

£6,000 full-time

International fees per year:

£23,100 full-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

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.

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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:

  • Dresdner Kleinwort
  • IMG
  • Reuters
  • Scottish Widows
  • Customs and Excise
  • GE Capita
  • Citibank
  • Capital Finance
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Civil Service Deloitte

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 Student Startups page and our postgraduate Business School careers service web page for more information.

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