University of Bristol

Social Sciences

MRes Global Political Economy


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MRes Global Political Economy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme is one of five interdisciplinary pathways that are delivered as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership.

This pathway explores the dynamics of global transformation and policy implications, as well as their interrelations with national and regional institutional and social responses to the changing global political and economic order.

The pathway encourages you to analyse the diverse experiences and impact of economic globalisation and examine relationships between global governance and inequality. It will also help you understand that analysis and resolution of many of the key problems confronting humanity in the 21st century require new and interdisciplinary academic approaches, innovative methods and policy agendas, creative thinking and transnationally comparative datasets.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design
  • Global Transformations - Issues and Trajectories
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research

Optional units

These can be taken at the University of Bristol, Bath or Exeter. Units can change from year to year but may include the following:

  • at Bristol:
    • International Political Economy
    • East Asia and Global Development
    • East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
    • Sino-US Relations in Global Politics
    • Power, Hegemony and the Ordering of the Global Political Economy
    • Theories of Development
    • Environmental Politics
    • International Law VI: International Law and Human Rights
    • International Law of Trade and Aid
  • at Bath:
    • The Politics of Policy: Actors, Arenas and Conflict in International Perspective
    • International Development and Poverty
    • Wellbeing and Human Development: Concepts, Measurements and Policy
    • Welfare Economics and Distributive Justice
  • at Exeter:
    • The Politics of Global Capitalism
    • Managing in a multinational context
    • Sustainable Enterprise Economy


Over the summer you will complete a research-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words, individually supervised by a member of staff from the school.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,500 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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