This Masters degree explores problems crucial to current politics domestically and in the global sphere. It promotes the study of those problems through theoretical, ethical and practical inquiry, drawing on the expertise of a large and diverse team of political theorists. It is designed for students who are either familiar with the study of political ideas and issues at undergraduate level or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.
For the MA programme you require a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose first language is not English, an IELTS Certificate is required.
We accept a range of qualifications
English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
The degree will be of interest and benefit to those interested in pursuing careers in law, education, the public sector, and international agencies and NGOs, as well as those interested in undertaking doctoral work in political theory and applied ethics. In all cases, students are encouraged to work closely with staff in a supportive and intellectually-committed environment.
This degree comprises the following modules:
You may choose to follow pathway 1 or pathway 2, and you may choose to take all 80 credits from both.
Core A (pathway 1)
20 credits - Revolution and Enlightenment (Political Ideas A)
20 credits - Totalitarianism and the State (Political Ideas B)
Core B (pathway 2)
20 credits - The Theory and Ethics of Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits - Democracy, Power and Citizenship (Issues in Politics B)
60 credits - Dissertation, MA students to submit a 13,500 word dissertation (not applicable to Diploma Students)
Optional modules (40 additional credits from the following):
20 credits - Contemporary Themes and Issues in British Politics
20 credits - Democracy, Power and Citizenship
20 credits - Developments in Contemporary Political Analysis
20 credits - Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War
20 credits - Global Ethics 1
20 credits - Global Ethics 2
40 credits - Globalisation and Governance
40 credits - Governing Britain Since 1918
40 credits - International Political Economy
20 credits - Politics and the State
20 credits - Social Theory and Critique Contested Knowledge
20 credits - Social Theory: from Marxism to Post Marxism
20 credits - Revolution And Enlightenment (Political Ideas A)
20 credits - Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits - Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict
20 credits - Totalitarianism And The State (Political Ideas B)
20 credits - Theory and Ethics of Terrorism and Political Violence
20 credits - Migration, Superdiversity, Policy and Practice (IASS)
20 credits - Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship (IASS)
Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.
The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet.
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