University of Essex

MRes Political Economy

University of Essex
In Colchester

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Important information

Typology Postgraduate
Location Colchester
Duration 2 Years
  • Postgraduate
  • Colchester
  • Duration:
    2 Years

About the course
Over the last three decades, political economy has been one of the fastest growing approaches in the social sciences

If you are interested in how institutions shape the behaviour of political actors and how political decisions influence markets and vice versa, then you will profit from our course

Our MRes Political Economy is a two-year course, designed to give you additional training in research design and research methods compared to an MSc or MA

You study modules on political economics and research methods across your two years, while developing a 35,000-word dissertation

At Essex, we are primarily interested in the study of political institutions and how they might determine economic variables

Our MSc Political Economy covers all aspects of modern political economy, including:
Micro and macroeconomics
The quality of governance
Monetary policy choices
Mathematical Methods
Environmental policies
Market failure
Run jointly between our Department of Economics and our Department of Government, our MRes Political Economy offers excellent preparation for PhD study, combining substantive political economy modules with additional training in research design and research methods

You learn how to develop theories, conduct research, and explore the empirical implications of theoretical models using the most appropriate empirical methods

Our Department of Government is one of the most prestigious in Europe, with an outstanding record of teaching, research and publication

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Where and when



Colchester (Essex)
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Wivenhoe Park, CO4 3SQ


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What you'll learn on the course

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Course programme

Example structure
Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.
Year 1
Political Economy
Advanced Research Methods
Essex Summer School Module 30 Credits
Essex Summer School Module 30 Credits
Mathematical Methods
Theory and Explanation in Political Science
Year 2
MRES Dissertation
Applied Research Design
Research Design
Applications of Data Analysis (optional)
Behavioural Economics I: Individual Decision Making
Behavioural Economics II: Games and Markets
Comparative European Politics (optional)
Computational Agent-Based Macro-Economics, Financial Markets and Policy Design
Conflict Resolution (optional)
Contemporary Theories of Justice (optional)
Econometric Methods (optional)
Economic Development Theory (optional)
Economics of Financial Markets (optional)
Economics of Incentives, Contracts and the Firm (optional)
Economics of the European Union (optional)
Economics of Transition (optional)
Environmental Economics (optional)
Estimation and Inference in Econometrics (optional)
Game Theory and Applications (optional)
Ideology and Political Discourse (optional)
Environmental Politics (optional)
International Finance (optional)
International Security Studies (optional)
International Trade (optional)
Market Structure and Strategic Behaviour (optional)
Mathematical Methods (optional)
Microeconomics (optional)
Monetary Economics
Panel Data Methods (optional)
Political Economy (optional)
Political Explanation (optional)
Political Parties in Britain and Europe (optional)
Political Theory (optional)
Public Opinion and Political Behaviour (optional)
Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods (optional)
Theories of International Relations (optional)
Theory and Explanation in Political Science (optional)
Theory of Industrial Organisation (optional)
Time Series Econometrics (optional)
Topics in Financial Economics (optional)
Courses are designed to provide you with an advanced understanding of either the politics of a geographical area or an aspect of the discipline
Courses include both compulsory and optional modules, so the course can be tailored to fit your interests and aspirations
Learn through discussion and problem-solving
Lab sessions allow you to improve your technical research skills
We encourage students to attend national conferences to meet researchers and discuss their work
Your coursework comes in the form of essays, simulations, presentations and in-class tests
You are given guidance on how to prepare a Masters dissertation by our Graduate Director in the spring term
We link you with an appropriate supervisor at the earliest opportunity

Additional information

We are rated top in the UK for research (REF 2014), and have consistently been the highest-rated politics department in the country since national assessments began Our Department of Economics is top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% of our research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ Our expert staff Study and work alongside some of the most prominent economists and political scientists of our time Our researchers are at the forefront of their field and have even received MBEs; they are advising the CIA on counter-terrorism, training politicians and civil servants in democratising countries, and commentating on political events in national and international media Many of our economic researchers also provide consultancy services to businesses in London and other major financial centres, helping us to develop research for today's society as well as informing our teaching for the future You join an active and prolific research team, with the opportunity to work alongside a member of staff on their research instead of completing a dissertation; some of these projects have even resulted in joint staff/student publications Specialist facilities Laboratories of networked computers featuring extensive software for political and quantitative analysis ESSEXLab provides opportunities for experimental lab research Student societies for politics, economics, debating, and Model UN We organise the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis A programme of seminars and events run by the department Your future An MRes puts you in a particularly strong position to succeed in a research degree We offer supervision for PhD and MPhil in the following fields: government; ideology and discourse analysis; international relations; political behaviour; and politics Our academic reputation is illustrated by the fact that many of our graduates now teach or research at universities, colleges of higher education and...

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