M.A. On Campus

Political Economy (Research Route)

The University of Manchester

12 months
22000 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in Political Economy (Research Route) programme at The University of Manchester   offers a cross-disciplinary curriculum of study in political economy.


The Political Economy (Research Route) programme at The University of Manchester  is housed in the Centre for the Study of Political Economy, which brings together the world-class research strengths in the field of political economy at the University. The course is taught by members from across the Faculty of Humanities in the School of Social Sciences, the School of Environment and Development, and the Alliance Manchester Business School.

Each student will pursue their particular interests in political economy through one of four pathways:

  • Theoretical Political Economy;
  • Political Economy of Society, Space and Environment;
  • Political Economy of Finance, Business and Work;
  • Political Economy of Development.

Career opportunities

A number of our recent graduates have gone on to undertake a PhD in political economy. Others have gone into careers that require advanced research skills in areas such as academia, the civil service and the public, private and voluntary sectors.

As a School of Social Sciences postgraduate at Manchester, you will have access to a wide range of careers support tailored to your career or further study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theoretical Approaches to Political Economy
  • Dissertation Research Design
  • Philosophy of Politics Research
  • The Political Economy of Global Business
  • Multinationals and Comparative Employment Systems
  • Analysing Companies
  • Microeconomic Theory

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are expected to have a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or its international equivalent. We welcome applicants from a range of degree backgrounds, including: economics, politics, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and geography.   

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.

MA (part-time)

  • UK students (per annum): £6,250
  • International, including EU, students (per annum): £11,000

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 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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