Global Political Economy
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 Global Political Economy 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.
As this is an interdisciplinary PhD pathway, within your proposal you will be required to articulate, clearly and substantively, how and in what ways your proposed research is interdisciplinary in nature. You should also be aware that an offer of a place on this programme is dependent on the availability of co-supervision from two staff members from different disciplines relevant to your proposal. You are required to identify this in the 'proposed supervisor' section of your application.
Your supervisors will convene joint meetings on a regular basis. Students will normally be registered in the school of their first supervisor. This may not be the school that processes your application. You will find more information on the postgraduate research supervision webpage.
An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) and a master’s qualification (or equivalent).
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £4,665 per year
- UK: part-time
- £2,332 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £20,100 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2023/24
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 the alumni PhD scholarship fund.
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
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.
Meet our supervisors
The following list shows potential supervisors for this programme. Visit their profiles for details of their research and expertise.
See the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law webpages for further information about the faculty's research groups.