King's College London

Course Introduction

The BA/BSc in Political Economy is a high calibre programme designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to understand, analyse and participate in the politics of the international economy as it is developing in the twenty'first century.

Course Modules

Year 1: Studying politics; world politics since 1945; introduction to political theory; principles of economics; globalisation and international trade. Year 2: After Year 1, students are able to choose from 2 different pathways through the final 2 years of the degree, depending on their interest. Students reading for the BA will focus on political analysis and processes, while retaining a core of economics in their courseload. BSc students will pursue a programme weighted more towards economic analysis, with the aim of preparing them for postgraduate study in economics. Year 2 core: Political economy: concepts and issues; stability and change in post'colonial nations (compulsory); research methods (compulsory). Year 2 options: Microeconomics; Macroeconomics; Quantitative Methods for Economics; The Economics of Politics; Ethics, Economics and Environmental Protection; Extended Essay; Institutions, Economics and Change; The International Politics of Energy; Issues in International Politics; Modern Political Thought; Non'State Actors and the International Politics of Disaster; Political Change in Europe; The Political Theory of Capitalism; The Politics of Foreign Policy; an additional approved option module. Year 3 core: Dissertation; political economy: advanced analysis (compulsory). Year 3 options: Econometrics; the politics of development democracy and its critics; religion and politics; varieties of capitalism: states, markets and public policy; neo'liberalism: the power of economic ideas; corruption: theory and practice; the political economy of international regulation; an approved optional module.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BA/BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
6 years
Part Time
BA/BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 35
  • GCE A-level AAA
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Higher AAAAB
  • SQA Advanced Higher AA
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma

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87% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 63%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 82%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 77%

95% Go on to work and/or study

In work 55
Studying 35
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 5
Unknown 5

13% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 42%

Total Coursework: 33%

Total Practical: 25%

£5,980 - £6,740
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,800 - £6,400
Typical cost of private accommodation