Students will study the interaction between markets and politics in conjunction with policy on these areas and how it influences markets. Political Economy at BSIS focuses on the state, markets and society, the study of economic law, corporate governance and capitalism and democracy.
The exposure you are given to policy practice at the international institutions based in Brussels - together with high-quality education - prepares you for a challenging and fulfilling career in international and domestic public policy, diplomacy, non-governmental organisations, as well as in the private sector. Additionally, it allows for a specialisation in a subfield such as development, environmental policy, migration, conflict and security, political strategy and European public policy, and so equips you with cutting-edge qualifications.
Staff and students share their insights and experiences of the International Political Economy Master's.
We are committed to offering flexible study options at BSIS and enable you to tailor your degree to meet your needs. This programme is available with start dates in September and January; full- and part-time study options; split-site options, and students can combine two fields of study leading to a degree that reflects both disciplines.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- key historical and philosophical issues in the development of the global economy, together with familiarity with appropriate bibliographical sources
- how to apply general theoretical and conceptual frameworks to the analysis of specific issues and problems in domestic, regional, and international settings
- how to utilise qualitative and quantitative research methods and evaluate critically their application in the scholarly literature and in policy papers
- how to design and conduct a research project demonstrating awareness of epistemological and methodological principles appropriate to the subject of that research project
- the nature of political, economic, social and technological problems, their emergence and dynamics.
- the effect of global economic, political and social processes on development, both in national and international perspective
- how to design and write a substantial scholarly paper, demonstrating familiarity with academic and professional conventions.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- general research skills, especially bibliographic and computing skills
- gathering, organising and deploying evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources
- identifying, investigating, analysing, formulating and advocating solutions to problems
- developing reasoned arguments, synthesising relevant information and exercising critical judgement
- reflecting on, and managing, your own learning and seeking to make use of constructive feedback from your peers and staff to enhance your performance and personal skills.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- understanding the different uses for theory in international political economy and developing an individual stance on the appropriate application of theory
- applying concepts, theories and methods used in international political economy to contemporary issues and problems
- evaluating the inter-relationships between the literatures and methodologies of international political economy and related disciplines, such as law, political theory, economics, sociology and history
- the ability to describe, evaluate and apply different approaches to collecting, analysing and presenting social and technical information.
You gain the following transferable skills:
- communication: the ability to communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing (including, where appropriate, the use of IT), organise information clearly and coherently, use communication and information technology for the retrieval and presentation of information, including, where appropriate, statistical or numerical information
- information technology: produce written documents, undertake online research, communicate using email, process information using databases
- working with others: define and review the work of others, work co-operatively on group tasks, understand how groups function, collaborate with others and contribute effectively to the achievement of common goals
- improving own learning: explore your strengths and weaknesses, time-management skills, review your working environment (especially the student-staff relationship), develop autonomy in learning, work independently, demonstrate initiative and self-organisation
- important research management skills include the setting of appropriate timescales for different stages of the research, with clear starting and finishing dates (through a dissertation), presentation of a clear statement of the purposes and expected results of the research, and developing appropriate means of estimating and monitoring resources and use of time
- problem-solving: identify and define problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them
- Personal career development: you are encouraged to manage your own career progression and development proactively and we support you in developing your skills in researching and retrieving information on opportunities for employment and continuing personal and career development.
This programme aims to:
- provide you with a research-active teaching environment which gives you a good grounding in the study of study of social science in general and international political economy (IPE) in particular
- offer a critical perspective of the interplay between structures and actors in the global economy, political systems and processes, individuals and the institutions of civil society
- ensure that you acquire a solid understanding of methodologies for the study of social science in general, and in the application of those understandings to the study of international political economy in particular
- ensure that you acquire a solid understanding of major theoretical approaches to international political economy, the historical development of the contemporary global economy, and the application of theoretical and historical knowledge to the analysis and understanding of contemporary issues and cases in the field
- ensure that you acquire the necessary skills for advanced assessment of contemporary problems in IPE and their solutions
- develop you general research skills and personal skills (transferable skills).