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MSc (International Political Economy)




What will I learn?

The MSc (International Political Economy) programme provides the link between politics and economics by examining relevant theoretical and practical concepts from both disciplines. It seeks to equip students with:

  • Analytical skills necessary to understand complex interactions between international politics and economics
  • Substantive knowledge spanning countries and regions throughout the world
  • An understanding of the historical evolution of the global political economy in order to appreciate and address challenges in the contemporary period


This programme sits at the intersection of politics and economics. Many political scientists have studied political decisions divorced from the economic context. Similarly, economists have often studied the mechanisms of the market as though the economy works without manipulation from political actors. However, these two areas cannot be regarded separately. Governments frequently intervene in markets by setting wages, prices, tax levels and so forth. On the other hand, investors sometimes flee states, markets or currencies that are following objectively sound macroeconomic policies to invest in inefficient projects elsewhere in the world.


Students are taught to analyse the interaction between the production, distribution and use of wealth with politically driven rules and institutions in the global environment. Using real-world examples coupled with a host of international seminars and conferences, the MSc (International Political Economy)programme offers comprehensive insights into contemporary developments in world economics and politics such as the uneven impact of globalisation on states and societies, and the on-going arguments over the formal and informal rules underpinning global governance.


The MSc (International Political Economy) programme has been designed to ensure students gain a sound understanding of:

  • Theoretical and methodological issues in International Political Economy (IPE)
  • Basics of economic analysis, with an emphasis on macroeconomics
  • Trade, finance and production networks
  • Key political trends and developments that may affect the world economy and vice versa

Students are required to take two core courses. In addition, Masters students completing a dissertation must take five extra courses (three primary and two primary/electives), while those in the non-dissertation stream must take seven courses (five primary and two primary/electives).

Degree Requirements

The programme leading to the MSc (International Political Economy) comprises:

  • Two core courses
  • Minimum four / maximum seven Primary courses
  • Maximum three Elective courses

Career Advancement

Students who complete this course may look forward to jobs as analysts in research institutions, financial corporations or government. Business strategy and journalism are other possibilities. In the government sector, some attractive options include research or policy-making positions in central banks, finance ministries or trade departments.

Which department am I in?

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Study options

Full Time (27 academic units)

Tuition fees
SG$14,250.00 (8,76,384) per year
Start date

Expected July, November 2023


S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Nanyang Technological University,

Block S4, Level B3, 50 Nanyang Avenue,

639798, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant must have completed at least a Bachelor Degree (Honors) or European/German FH Diploma or its equivalent in areas of Science/Electrical/Electronics Engineering from a university with recognized standing with at least a 2nd Class Honors or equivalent. As the Programme instruction medium is English, applicant must be able to demonstrate a satisfactory level of the language. Applicant whose native tongue or medium of instruction from previous studies (Bachelor / FH Diploma) is not English must submit at least one of the following: TOEFL score indicating a minimum of 600 for Paper based test or 100 for internet based test; IELTS: With academic IELTS result of at least 6.5.

For international students

A Bachelor’s degree with honours from a Singapore university or overseas equivalent

A TOEFL Test Score of minimum 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based) or a IELTS score of minimum 7.0. are required. Test dates must be within two years or less from the date of your application.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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