Global Political EconomyFind a programme
Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Start date||September 2018|
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.
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. You will find more information on the postgraduate research supervision web page.
Students will normally be registered in the school of their first supervisor. This may not be the school that processes your application.
Fees for 2018/19
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- UK/EU: part-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2018/19
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.
A master's qualification (or equivalent) with appropriate research training (or equivalent).
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
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 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.
Dr Adam Dixon
There is no fixed deadline for self-funded applications.
The closing date for ESRC studentship funding applications for 2018/19 is midday on Tuesday 30 January 2018. Please check the school website for details of other funding opportunities and deadlines.
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- 44% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
- 33% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
- 7% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)
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