The programme highlights three main perspectives that run through all courses and will serve as guiding principles to understand the emergence of GPE and its roots and implications in world affairs today: economics, history and power. The programme provides the necessary tools to analyse the international community’s evolution and the making of our world order, especially in the post-war period. The programme will prepare students for a professional as well as scientific career.


The programme leads to a Master of Science degree in International Relations with a specialization in Global Political Economy or in Economic History with a specialization in Global Political Economy, depending on the topic for the master essay.

Prerequisites and special admittance requirements:

A completed BA or equivalent degree including 90 ECTS credits in Economic History, International Relations or equivalent topics such as history, human geography, business administration, economics, anthropology, sociology or political science. The degree must have included a thesis or other independent project of at least 15 ECTS credits. Special requirements: English B or equivalent (for more information


APPLY HERE  - Due to the number of applicants and the evaluation process, late applications are not accepted to the Global Political Economy program.

Application deadline for international students is on the 15th of January.

Application dates for Swedish and EU students are 15 March-18 April. 



Maximum points 310 (The average number of points of students accepted to the program is 250 points​)The selection of students is based on the following:

  • Overall grade average - 20-100 points
  • Quality of thesis (minimum 15 ECTS) - 0-200 points
  • Motivation letter - 50 points

The motivation letter should include information on your main field of studies, the topic for your BA essay, and why you are interested in our master’s program.

Please submit your thesis with your application to Antagning/University Admissions.
thesis is defined as a 20-25 paged scientific paper which has the following components:

1) A research question

2) A theory section

3) A clearly specified method

4) Empirical/data section

5) Analysis


Failure to submit all the above documents will mean your application will not be processed.


Information about how to apply, see more information here.




Global Political Economy programme overview


YEAR 1, Semester 1 (30 credits) :

Period 1 --- Introduction to GPE* (core/required course - 15 credits)

Period 2 --- GPE of Development (elective course - 15 credits)

YEAR 1, Semester 2 :

Period 1 (15 credits) ---

Economic Crisis and Business (elec. - 15 credits)

OR Energy and Security (elec. - 15 credits)

OR Internship (elec. - 15 credits)

Period 1 - 2 (30 credits) ---

Internship (elec. - 30 credits)

YEAR 1, Semester 2 :

Period 2 (15 credits) ---

New Global Food Order (elec. - 15 credits)

OR Democracy, Policy and Social Change (elec. 15 credits)

OR Migration and Economic Structures (elec. 15 credits)

OR Internship (elec. - 15 credits)


YEAR 2. Semester 1 (30 credits) :

Periods 1 and 2 for the the mandatory Methods segment of the program ---

Philosophy of Social Science*

Qualitative Methods*

Quantitative Methods*

Independent Study Course*

YEAR 2. Semester 2 (30 credits) :

Periods 1 and 2 for the MA Dissertation ---

Master's thesis in Economic History with a specialization in Global Political Economy*

Master's thesis in International Relations with a specialization in Global Political Economy*


*= Mandatory Courses


For more information:

Director of Studies Advanced Level

Gonzalo Pozo Martin


telephone: +46(0)8 16 10 77, Room A 920