Global Political Economy

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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
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

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

You are encouraged to analyse the impact 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

If you have completed the MRes, or other significant research training, you may be exempt from the core units. Some self-funded students may still need to take three core research training modules selected from the consortium's offerings in research design, data collection and data analysis. 

All students have two supervisors with different disciplinary perspectives on global political economy. Students proposing cross-institutional supervision are particularly encouraged. Your supervisors will convene joint meetings on a regular basis. For further information please see our postgraduate research supervision web page.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


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

Funding for 2017/18

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 scholarship fund or alumni PhD scholarship fund.

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

Entry requirements

A Master's 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

See the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law web pages for further information about the faculty's research groups.


The PhD in Global Political Economy 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 pathway will train researchers who understand the new dynamics of global transformation, who can engage, inter alia, with emerging forms of global governance, and are committed to addressing global inequalities.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Funded places: February 2017 (the ESRC and Bristol funding application deadline is still to be confirmed)

Unfunded places: 1 July 2017

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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