International Political Economy, MSc

International Political Economy, MSc


Do you want to understand the sources of stability and change in the global economic order?

International Political Economy prepares you to understand the structures, hierarchies, and power dynamics that regulate finance and trade, drive globalisation and economic nationalisms, and impact the distribution of wealth and poverty across and within states, regions, and the world.

This course has both January and September start dates. Apply Now

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January
Location of Study
  • The programme in International Political Economy introduces students to the conceptual and theoretical terrain of IPE with a particular focus on dimensions of globalization that have re-shaped international flows of capital, goods, and labour.
  • Among the topics covered are neoliberalism, international trade, financialization, gender, poverty and inequality, development, post-development and the rise of economic nationalism.
  • The aim of the programme is to provide students with a rigorous academic grounding in the scholarly debates about key substantive issues and the relation between theory and policymaking, with a view to preparing graduates for further studies in IPE or as practitioners and policy-makers in the private and public sectors.

Available Programmes of Study


International Political Economy

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September More
MSc 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January Aberdeen More

Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programme(s) above.

We will endeavour to make all course options available. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our Tuition Fees page.


Self-funded international students enrolling on postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes will receive one of our Aberdeen Global Scholarships, ranging from £3,000 to £8,000, depending on your domicile country. Learn more about the Aberdeen Global Scholarships here.

To see our full range of scholarships, visit our Funding Database.

How You'll Study

Teaching will comprise lectures, student-led seminars, student-led class presentations and close and critical reading of texts.

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Seminars

Assessment Methods

By written exam, essay work, class presentation and project work as prescribed for each course and by submission of a dissertation.

Formative assessment comprises class presentations and student led seminars on which oral and written feedback will be provided

Summative assessment comprises discursive, reflective essays and a dissertation

Why Study International Political Economy?

  • You learn about moral philosophy in a contemporary discipline
  • You analyse tariff policies, political economies, social and political pressures and how these influence the political process
  • You learn about the impact of policies on the public and trade

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 2:1 standard from a recognised university or body in International Relations, Politics, Economics, Management, Business Studies, Law, Geography, History or cognate subject deemed appropriate by the School of Social Science.

Applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience appropriate to the field of study e.g. government officials, members of UK or other armed forces, officials of International Organizations and business executives. Also taken into careful consideration is the trajectory of results, an applicant without an overall 2.1 but with 2.1 results in their final two years of study may be admitted.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference x 2
two reference letters, one of which should be from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employers, or other professional individuals

Aberdeen Global Scholarship

Eligible self-funded postgraduate taught (PGT) students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Explore our Global Scholarships, including eligibility details, on our dedicated page.

Aberdeen Global Scholarships


Careers relating to International Political Economy involve policymaking and research in organizations working in the fields of development, health, energy law and migration. Many graduates choose to do public advocacy, research and project management work for non-governmental organisations (NGOS), and regional and global institutions such as the European Union or the United Nations. Graduates also forge careers in international institutions like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, international media, the armed forces, international risk management, and international corporations involved in trade and finance.

An MSc qualification in International Political Economy will be an important asset to you if you already hold an undergraduate degree in Business, Economics, International Relations or Politics, given the increasing demands for postgraduate qualifications in the job market. In addition, graduates from cognate disciplines can use this route to change their career path or improve their qualifications within the framework of an existing career.
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What our Alumni Say

Lea Windischbauer

Lea Windischbauer

Lea Windischbauer

Graduated 2018

"During my master's program, I had the opportunity to work with amazing peers and mentors. Their rich life and professional experience motivated me to "go an extra mile" with my career and create a network of friends for a lifetime."

Christian Ehiatue

Christian Ehiatue

Christian Ehiatue

Graduated 2020

"I had a wonderful experience studying International Political Economy at the University of Aberdeen. The lecturers are extremely helpful. And the learning environment was conducive to unlock my ability to understand and contribute to the current international debates whether on globalization, policies, trade, or the likes. It was awesome!"

Sofia Pesiou

Sofia Pesiou

Sofia Pesiou

Graduated 2017

“Overall, studying in University of Aberdeen was a unique experience. I had the chance to meet passionate lecturers with deep knowledge on their subjects who supported me at every step of the way. The resources were vast, the facilities were excellent and the outstanding library with the huge selection of books was an ideal place for studying”.

Inez Bhreagha Campbell

Inez Bhreagha Campbell

Inez Bhreagha Campbell

Graduated 2017

“The International Political Economy course is a great choice for someone new or needing a refresher to the subject area. It is interesting in that it is taught by a roster of instructors who promote meaningful dialogue and discussion on topics to engage learners and develop a holistic understanding of this interdisciplinary study. I recommend this course to anyone seeking to increase understanding in the intersectionality of politics, economics, and international relations."

Fadwa Kamal

Fadwa Kamal

Fadwa Kamal

Graduated 2019

The International Political Economy course allowed me to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the dichotomies that exist within political economics and their intersections with security, religion, and IR. My year at the University of Aberdeen had a positive impact on me. It not only provided new horizons for my personal and professional development, but also a safe and friendly environment to discuss topics of common interest with students and lecturers with diverse backgrounds.

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