Political Economy of the Middle East

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Our MA Political Economy of the Middle East explores the politics and economics of one of the most vital and interesting regions in the world. You will develop solid regional expertise in addition to the theoretical and methodological skills necessary for a career in political and economic analysis.

Key benefits:

  • Unique in combining political economy and comparative politics with the study of Middle East.
  • Located in one of the globally leading Departments on the study of politics and economics.
  • Wide range of optional modules taught by world-leading scholars in the study of the Middle East.
  • Provides a strong theoretical and methodological foundation in the social sciences.
  • Develop your critical and communication skills by presenting and disseminating research in written and oral forms, to classmates, tutors, and the wider academic community.
  • Opportunity to study Arabic, Turkish, Farsi or Hebrew through King's Modern Language Centre.
  • Join vibrant research communities in the Department of Political Economy and the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies.

Who should take this course

Minimum 2:1 honours undergraduate degree in such an appropriate subject as politics, economics, international relations, political economy and Middle Eastern studies. Candidates who do not achieve a 2:1 but have professional or voluntary experience will also be considered. Mature candidates will be considered favourably.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study.

Required Modules:

  • You are required to take the following modules:
  • Political Economy of the Middle East: Theory & Practice (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)
  • The Dissertation includes 16 hours of research/dissertation methods training spread out over terms 1 and 2.

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take four modules (totalling 80 credits) from a range of optional modules that may include:

  • Political Economy of Authoritarianism in the Middle East (20 credits)
  • States, Markets and People in the Contemporary Middle East (20 credits)
  • Protest and Revolution in the Middle East (20 credits)
  • People, Protest, Mobilisation (20 credits)
  • The US & the Middle East: Intervention & Mediation since 1945 (20 credits)
  • Culture and Society in the Middle East & North Africa (20 credits)
  • Comparative Political Economy (20 credits)
  • Comparative Public Policy (20 credits)
  • The Political Economy of Corruption (20 credits)
  • The New Political Economy of the Media (20 credits)
  • A History of Arab- Israeli Conflict (20 credits)
  • Any Level 7 (Master's) modules offered in the Department of Political Economy
  • Up to 40 credits from modules offered across the university subject to approvals
  • You may also take modules in a foreign language at level 6 or 7, up to a maximum of 20 credits.

If you are a part-time student, you will take Political Economy of the Middle East: Theory & Practice and two optional modules in your first year.


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

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