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International Political Economy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #11 (QS) ,
 Politics and economics are intertwined. In today’s globalised world, understanding one area and not the other makes comprehension incomplete. Analysing and drafting effective policy require knowledge of the interaction between economic and political goals.


 The MSc (International Political Economy) programme provides the link between politics and economics by examining relevant theoretical and practical concepts from both disciplines. It seeks to equip students with:

  • Analytical skills necessary to understand complex interactions between international politics and economics
  • Substantive knowledge spanning countries and regions throughout the world
  • An understanding of the historical evolution of the global political economy in order to appreciate and address challenges in the contemporary period

This programme sits at the intersection of politics and economic markets. Many political scientists have studied political decisions divorced from the economic context. Similarly, economists have often studied the mechanisms of the market as though the economy works without manipulation from political actors.

However, these two areas cannot be regarded separately. Governments frequently intervene in markets by setting wages, prices, tax levels and so forth. On the other hand, investors sometimes flee states, markets or currencies that are following objectively sound macroeconomic policies to invest in inefficient projects elsewhere in the world.

Students are taught to analyse the interaction between the production, distribution and use of wealth with politically driven rules and institutions in the global environment. Using real-world examples coupled with a host of international seminars and conferences, the MSc (International Political Economy)programme offers comprehensive insights into contemporary developments in world economics and politics such as the uneven impact of globalisation on states and societies, and the on-going arguments over the formal and informal rules underpinning global governance.


Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is the fastest-rising Asian university in the world's top 50. NTU provides a high-quality global education to about 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international olympiad medallists from the region and beyond. Hailing from more than 70 countries, the university's 3,800-strong teaching and research staff bring dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories and Issues in International Political Economy
  • Economics for International Political Economy
  • Quantitative Methods in the Study of International Politics
  • A Globalizing China in the World Economy
  • Monitoring Forecasting and Managing Country Risk and Economic Crisis
  • Energy and Environment Issues
  • Regional and Global Financial Crisis
  • International Economic Institutions and International Economic Policies
  • Indonesian Economy
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Introduction to the Political Economy of Southeast Asia
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • The Political Economy of Economic Development and Integration in Asia
  • Culture, Institutions & Development
  • International Trade & Finance
  • Government-Business Relations in Asia

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    27 academic units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree with honours from a Singapore university (or overseas equivalent)
  • Standardised Test Scores: test scores for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) must be submitted by all applicants except those with undergraduate degrees from universities where English was the medium of instruction.
  • A provisional degree certificate or a university letter stating the expected graduation date is required for applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate studies. The original degree certificate must be provided for verification at the point of matriculation, otherwise candidates will not be admitted to the masters programme

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    6496 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6496 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Singapore Citizens: S$ 9,300
  • International Students: S$ 13,900

Living costs for Singapore

  • 1878 - 3880 SGD/month
    Living Costs

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


Available scholarships:

  • Lee Foundation RSIS Scholarship
  • ASEAN Graduate Scholarship
  • Bakrie Centre Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • Ancora Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • Terrorism Analyst Study Award
  • Student Research Assistantship

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