M.Sc. On Campus

International Political Economy

University of Aberdeen

12 months
22400 GBP/year
10600 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The International Political Economy programme of the University of Aberdeen 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.


At a Glance

The International Political Economy programme of the University of Aberdeen 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.


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.


  • Development
  • Diplomacy
  • Civil Servant
  • Finance
  • Government
  • NGOs
  • IGOs

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • International Political Economy: Theory and Themes
  • Theories and Concepts in International Relations
  • Energy Politics
  • Religion, Conflict and Security
  • Energy Economics
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods in Social Science

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Deadlines for applicants applying for full-time on campus postgraduate taught degrees starting in January will be confirmed shortly.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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
  • English Language Requirements
  • A degree certificate showing your qualifications
  • A full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
  • A detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • Two reference letters, one of which should be from your university discussing your academic ability

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22400 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 22400 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10600 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Aberdeen

729 - 1069 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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