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Political Economics MA

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    Full Time: 1 Year

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK:

    £7,470

  • Fees International:

    £14,000

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 894503

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Overview


This programme prepares students from a variety of backgrounds for a successful career in economic policy making in the public and private sectors. You will use national and global real-world problems to gain a critical understanding of the social, political and ethical dimensions of economic policy.

Updated 19/01/2021

Course Content


  • ECNM022: Applied Data Analysis

    The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop a toolkit of econometric techniques so that you can model economic problems with increasing rigor by using a general-purpose statistical software package.

    ECNM018: Economy, Society and Public Policy

    This module provides you with a comprehensive understanding of economics in its political and social contexts that can be used to understand and engage with problem solving on a private, public and individual level.

    ECNM019: International Political Economy

    This module explores the political economy of the post-war period, focusing on economic relations between states and the underpinning ideologies.  You will develop an understanding of contemporary power relationships between blocs of states and their historical evolution.

    LAWM040: Public International Law

    This module will introduce you to the nature and operation of ‘public international law’ focusing on issues around the status of international law, operation of the UN and the use of force. We will explore the rights and responsibilities enjoyed by the subjects of international law.

    ECNM017: Pluralistic Approaches to Economics

    The purpose of this module is to develop a critical understanding of heterodox economic theories and their relevance to real world economic problems. The module questions the dominant school of thought by exploring alternative approaches suitable for addressing future challenges of a dynamic and complex economic environment.

    ECNM020: Public Sector Economics

    You will gain a critical understanding of the operation of the public sector in contemporary economies. You will be exposed to the workings of public finance, the distinction between public and private goods, issues of efficiency in public services, and the politics of market failure and public intervention.

    ECNM016: Dissertation and Research Methods

    The dissertation should provide an independent and critical appraisal of an issue, normally involving a formal analysis of the topic being investigated.

    List of modules
      • Module code: ECNM016
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to give students the opportunity to bring to bear the techniques and perspectives covered in the taught part of the course upon a specific issue of interest. The dissertation should provide an independent and critical appraisal of an issue normally involving a formal analysis of the topic being investigated.
      • Module code: ECNM017
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to develop a critical understanding of heterodox economic theories and their relevance to real world economic problems. The module questions the dominant school of thought by exploring alternative approaches suitable for addressing future challenges of a dynamic and complex economic environment.
      • Module code: ECNM018
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides students with a comprehensive understanding of economics in its political and social contexts that can be used to understand and engage with problem solving on a private public and individual level.
      • Module code: ECNM019
        Status: Compulsory
        This module explores the political economy of the post-war period focusing on economic relations between states and the underpinning ideologies. Students develop an understanding of contemporary power relationships between blocs of states and their historical evolution.
      • Module code: ECNM020
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to provide a critical understanding of the operation of the public sector in contemporary economies. Students will be exposed to the workings of public finance the distinction between public and private goods issues of efficiency in public services and the politics of market failure and public intervention.
      • Module code: ECNM022
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to enable students to develop a toolkit of econometric techniques so that they can model economic problems with increasing rigor by using a general-purpose statistical software package.
      • Module code: LAWM040
        Status: Compulsory
        The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the nature and operation of `public international law? focusing on issues around the status of international law operation of the UN and the use of force. We will explore the rights and responsibilities enjoyed by the subjects of international law
  • Applicants will normally need to hold a recognised First or Second Class Bachelors’ degree in Economics. At least 50% of your undergraduate degree must normally be made up of modules in Economics.

    For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) overall and 5.5 in each element (or equivalent) for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    If you are an international applicant and would like more information on applying, please visit our How to Apply page.

  • 21/22 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK: £7,470
    • International: £14,000

    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • Home/EU: £7,425
    • International: £13,750
    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 20/21 you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan Student Finance England.

  • Whether you are an international, home or EU students, we offer a generous tuition fee discounts for postgraduate study.

    Our International Scholarships page has details of the International Graduate Scholarship offering up to 50% for alumni of the University and the International Scholarship offering up to 30% for new students.

    The Graduate Discount Scheme page has information about the 20% discount for Home and EU graduates.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessments include: projects, documentaries, essays, debates, case studies, presentations and exams.

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