Global Political Economy: Transformations and Policy Analysis

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Run by Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This programme considers the dynamics of global transformation and their policy implications as well as their interrelations with national and regional institutional and social responses to the global political and economic order.

You are encouraged to analyse the impacts of economic globalisation, examine relationships between global governance and inequality and understand that analysis and resolution of many of the key problems that confront humanity in the 21st century require new and interdisciplinary academic approaches, innovative methods and policy agendas.

Programme structure

Research training on the pathway follows the standard South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) interdisciplinary format.

Core units

Three core research training modules will be selected from the consortium's offerings in research design, data collection and data analysis. There will be one pathway specific module and two modules will be selected from an open list.

  • Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design

One of the core research training modules, this mandatory unit addresses the characteristics and challenges of 'doing' interdisciplinary research in a globalised world.

  • Global Transformations - Issues and Trajectories

This pathway-specific unit introduces you to key concepts and debates in the field including the different forms of globalisation, global governance, global inequalities, and the developmental implications of the 'rising powers' of Asia.

You will also produce a research thesis.

All students have two supervisors with different disciplinary perspectives on Global Political Economy: Transformations and Policy Analysis. Students proposing cross-institutional supervision are particularly encouraged. Your supervisors will convene joint meetings on a regular basis, and will attend the annual one day workshop for all pathway students. For further information please see our Postgraduate Research Supervision page.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Applicants may also be interested in applying for funding from the University of Bristol Scholarships and Alumni PhD Scholarships. 

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

A Masters qualification (or equivalent) with appropriate research training (or equivalent).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

Further information about the faculty's research groups.


The PhD in Global Political Economy: Transformations and Policy Analysis offers useful preparation for a number of careers. Our students go on to employment in areas of politics, economics, geography, sociology, law, history, international relations, policy studies, development studies and area studies. The Global Political Economy: Transformations and Policy Analysis pathway will train researchers who understand the new dynamics of global transformation, can engage, inter alia, with emerging forms of global governance, and are committed to addressing global inequalities.  

Staff profiles

How to apply
Application deadline:

Funded places: February 2016 (ESRC and Bristol funding application deadline to be confirmed)

Unfunded places: 1 July 2016

International students

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REF 2014 results

  • 20% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 40% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 30% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 10% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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