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City, University of London

International Political Economy

UCAS Code: 4J80

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:27,M:18

We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire. A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade 4 (B) or equivalent in English Language and also in Mathematics or Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

32 points including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects (no specific subjects required).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

Check with Department for acceptable subjects

UCAS Tariff

128
92%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

International politics

International Political Economy examines the ways in which conflicting real-life issues the economy, politics and society can be reconciled.

BSc International Political Economy is designed to meet increasing demand for an interdisciplinary course that prepares students for both the public and private job markets. At City, you will benefit from our competitive advantage in this field and the department’s close links to businesses, the financial industry, policy-makers and think-tanks.

Upon graduating from City, you will be able to analyse complex dynamics of the global markets, financial systems and national political structures, and draw connections between economic, political and social processes driving major changes on the global scene.

Our graduates have found they are well suited for a wide range of career opportunities in the global corporate sector, banking and finance, civil service, international diplomatic corps, global media and international institutions.

IPE is an interdisciplinary field which combines the study of economics, politics, international relations and other social sciences in a unique way. At City, you will find the largest concentration of world-renowned experts in IPE and related fields. Together, we have designed this bespoke programme - the first degree in IPE in the UK – to offer you training in a range of conceptual and analytical skills that will help you analyse the challenges facing decision-makers in business and politics in the global age.

As well as developing strong research skills this course enables you to further your data skills through a Quantitative Methods (QM) pathway for your final 2 years of study.

Modules

In your first year, you are introduced to the key issues in Economics and Political Economy. The core modules cover the history of the world economy, the key concepts in political economy and the basic tools of micro- and macro-economics.

Core modules:
Principles of economics 1: markets and prices
Principles of economics 2: countries and systems
Introduction to political economy
The making of the modern world economy
Lies, damned lies and statistics
Producing social data.

Elective modules:
Puzzles of comparative politics
Introduction to politics
Introduction to political theory
Politics and power in the 20th century
Emerging powers/emerging issues
Myth and mysteries of world politics
International relations theories.

All modules are 15 credits.

The purpose of the second year is to give you the opportunity to develop the skills of political economists. You will become familiar with key approaches to economic analysis and learn to apply an analysis to real-world phenomena of political-economic interest.

Core modules:
Scholarly writing
States and markets in an era of globalisation
Comparative political economy
Economics of the real world
Concepts and methods in economic reasoning.

Elective modules:
The global economy of the 21st century
Quantitative analysis of social research data*
Advanced principles of economics: financial markets and corporate systems
Analysing political and economic data in the real-world
Security studies: conceptual approaches
Security studies: contemporary and emerging issues
Foreign policy analysis 1
Foreign policy analysis 2
Religion and politics in the age of global change
Transnational social movements
Ordering the world: International thought in the twentieth century
Fifteen shades of red – Russia in the twentieth century

All modules are 15 credits

During the final year of study, you have the opportunity to engage in independent research on topics of special interest. Third-year modules and research projects bring the analytical competencies developed in the first two years to bear on a wide range of theoretical and empirical issues in international politics and political economy.

Core module:
International political economy project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework (assessed essays and assignments), team projects, presentations, unseen examinations and the final year dissertation.

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

International Politics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
International politics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

58%
UK students
42%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
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Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
79%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Media professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

International politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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