Programme Structure
The MGPE is a one-year full-time and two-year part-time Taught Master’s degree programme.
A minimum of 24 units required for graduation
9 units for Required Courses
At least 6 units for Topical Courses
At least 6 units for Regional Courses
Full-time and part-time students are expected to complete the programme within one and two years respectively.


Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 units of courses for graduation.

Coursework Requirement

Required courses: 9 units
GPEC 5801, 5802, 5803
Elective courses: 15 units
15 units of elective courses including at least 6 units of courses to be chosen from topical courses and at least 6 units of courses to be chosen from regional courses from the following:
Topical Courses
GPEC5810, 5811, 5812, 5813, 5814, 5815, 5816, 5817, 5818, 5819
Regional Courses
GPEC5830, 5831, 5833, 5834, 5835, 5836, 5837, 5838, 5839, 5840, 5841
Optional Courses
GPEC5850, 5851, 5852
Total: 24 units

Other Requirements

  1. Students must fulfill the Term Assessment Requirement of the Graduate School.
  2. A student must achieve a minimum grade of C- in each of the courses taken in order to fulfill the graduation requirements, unless special approval is granted by the Faculty Board.
  3. A student must achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in order to fulfill the graduation requirement, unless special approval is granted by the Graduate Council.



Theories of Global Political Economy

This course provides an introduction to broad themes, key concepts, and major theories used to understand the global political economy, and how national political-economies fit into the global system. In the first half, we will cover a bit of methodology and the philosophy of science of political economy, the history of the global political-economic system, contemporary controversies, and possible futures. In the second half, we will cover the major theories that scholars have constructed to make sense of the global political economy, including economic nationalism or realism, liberalism, and critical theories. Having prior knowledge of international relations scholarship or economics will help, but is not strictly necessary. The aim of this course is to provide an intellectual foundation for understanding how the world system operates, and for further, more specialized studies in the many areas that GPE covers.


Theories of International Relations

The course offers an introduction to the major theories of international relations with a particular focus on the applicability in contemporary world order. The respective merits and limitations of the theories would also be discussed in hope of illustrating the basics of doing international relations research.


Methodology in Social Sciences

This course gives emphasis on the application of methodological principles and data analysis techniques in designing and conducting research in Social Sciences, with an objective of enabling students to investigate local, regional or global issues with a design-based approach of social enquiry. Course contents include basic concepts in research designs, data collection strategies and data analysis methods. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches will be discussed to analyze topics in global political economy.

  • Courses will be offered according to resources available each year and are subject to approval by respective Faculty Boards.