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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The MA Global Political Economy examines the world in real terms. You will work in small groups with world class experts at the Political Economy Research Centre (PERC), as well as across a number of other Goldsmiths departments, and learn how to hold the world up to scrutiny.

Study the economy through a politics lens

The MA Global Political Economy will allow you to examine the political, sociological, and cultural underpinning of the global economy. You will gain an in-depth understanding of how the global economy is changing, what is driving ecological breakdown, global inequality, and the challenge of building a sustainable world.

This programme takes a uniquely interdisciplinary and critical perspective. With modules the cut across academic disciplines – from heterodox economics to cultural studies – you will explore different perspectives about the relationship between global capitalism, global finance, the power of economic ideas, ecological breakdown, and the possibilities for a different future.

You will be guided through the main scholarly conceptual debates in global political economy as well as the urgent issues of our age. This is the only political economy programme in the country with a core module on the Anthropocene –this is combined with another core module on the theory and history of global capitalism.

In addition, you will choose from a wide variety of options from across different Goldsmiths departments to build the bespoke degree programme that best suits your interests and ambitions.

Join a community of experts in London

You will work closely with world-renowned academic experts in small-group workshops and seminars, and join the community of academics, policy experts, journalists, and activists who speak regularly at Goldsmiths’ Political Economy Research Centre (PERC) events.

You’ll be taught by staff with international reputations for research in their disciplines and areas of specialisation, including among others:>/p>

  • environmental political economy
  • economic sociology
  • Marxist and heterodox political economy
  • financialisation
  • the politics of technology
  • post-colonialism
  • imperialism

Goldsmiths is based in New Cross, a vibrant area in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, just 10 minutes from London Bridge. This programme will also allow you to benefit from its location in a global city, home to major cultural, scientific, artistic, and political institutions, movements and NGOs that play world-leading roles in furthering political and economic knowledge, thought, and practice. You will join a series of job talks and masterclass workshops from insiders at policy Think Tanks, NGOs, and the private sector.


We know that political organisations relish free thinking graduates. It’s why we focus on delivering a programme that’s rooted in a critical perspective. By the time you leave we want you to feel transformed so that you can go forward and bring that transformation out into the world.

With our MA in Global Political Economy, you could go on to work for global government institutions, like the UN or the OECD, as well as in civil society institutions, NGOs, or in academia.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 16,600per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Goldsmiths, University of London

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, Lewisham, SE14 6NW, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    78th out of 81 25

    65th out of 84 6

  • Entry standards

    / Max 233
    105 48%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    49.0 49%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.84 77%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    111 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50.0 50%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.50 70%



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