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International Political Economy (Hons), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #349 (QS) ,
The International Political Economy (Hons) BSc at City, University of London examines the ways in which conflicting real-life issues the economy, politics and society can be reconciled.


Who is it for?

BSc International Political Economy (Hons) from City, University of London is designed to meet increasing demand for an interdisciplinary course that prepares students for both the public and private job markets. At City, you will benefit from our competitive advantage in this field and the department’s close links to businesses, the financial industry, policy-makers and think-tanks.

Upon graduating from City, you will be able to analyse complex dynamics of the global markets, financial systems and national political structures, and draw connections between economic, political and social processes driving major changes on the global scene.

Our graduates have found they are well suited for a wide range of career opportunities in the global corporate sector, banking and finance, civil service, international diplomatic corps, global media and international institutions.


This course takes advantage of a unique cluster of expertise in International Political Economy at City.IPE is an interdisciplinary field which combines the study of economics, politics, international relations and other social sciences in a unique way. At City, you will find the largest concentration of world-renowned experts in IPE and related fields. Together, we have designed this bespoke programme - the first degree in IPE in the UK – to offer you training in a range of conceptual and analytical skills that will help you analyse the challenges facing decision-makers in business and politics in the global age.

Our programme is built upon conceptual training in the core subjects of political economy (Principles of Economics, Introduction to Political Economy, the Making of the World Economy; States and Markets in the Era of Globalisation, Comparative Political Economy, Advanced Principles of Economics, Economics of the Real World), as well as on providing you with essential quantitative, qualitative research and applied skills essential in the competitive job market.As well as developing strong research skills this course enables you to further your data skills through a Quantitative Methods (QM) pathway for your final 2 years of study.

Career prospects

A degree in International Political Economy is designed to meet increasing student demand for an interdisciplinary programme that prepares graduates for both the public and the private job markets.

As a student on this programme you will benefit from City's competitive advantage in the area of International Political Economy and the Department's close links to businesses, institutions and think tanks.Graduates will be suited to a wide range of career options:

  • Global corporate sector
  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Civil Service
  • International diplomatic corps
  • Global media
  • International organisations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      4 years with a work placement option.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles of economics 1: markets and prices
  • Principles of economics 2: countries and systems
  • Introduction to political economy
  • The making of the modern world economy
  • Lies, damned lies and statistics
  • Producing social data.

For more information please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • 'A' Level: Grades AAB or ABB plus a relevant EPQ or 136 UCAS tariff points
  • IB: 33 points
  • GCSE: Grade 4 (B) or equivalent in English Language and also in Mathematics or Sciences
  • English requirements

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    15090 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15090 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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