The MA in Political Theory addresses some of the most pressing questions in political life. What is politics for - to bring real freedom and equality for all human beings, to realise justice, or to prevent human beings from killing one another in large numbers? What do we owe the global poor? Can we close our borders? Where does power lie in democracies?
You’ll explore these topics in greater depth and from different perspectives in our MA Political Theory. The courses draws on our internationally recognized teaching and research strengths in analytical political philosophy, intellectual history and critical theory.
You'll be encouraged to attend regular research seminars, where the best current work in political theory is presented by staff and eminent guest speakers from all over the world.
We're ranked eighth in the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework results
From early modern political thought to contemporary international security, from post-conflict development to global financial governance, from the politics of gender to the politics of the environment, you can benefit from expertise on a huge range of topics
You'll study 180 credits in total. The course consists of:
Option modules cover a wide range of topics, including toleration, continental political theory, legal theory and political integrity.
Taught modules will run throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms, with the dissertation being completed during the Summer Term and vacation.
You will study at least three political theory modules from:
You can also study up to two modules from:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
A 10-12,000 word dissertation allows you to apply the relevant method to a problem of your choosing.
Examples of previous dissertation titles include:
Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.
|Full-time (1 year)||£7,810||£17,370|
|Part-time (2 years)
Fees for subsequent years are subject to confirmation.
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You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.
You'll learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and one-to-one supervision. We offer a personal approach to learning with much of our teaching conducted in small groups.
You'll be taught by academics at the forefront of research across a number of political areas such as conflict, security and development, political economy, international politics, political theory and public policy. As international experts in their field, our staff advise governments and organisations globally and regularly contribute to news and current affairs programmes. Our expertise and experience feed directly into our teaching.
You will be based in the Department of Politics in Derwent College on Campus West. Over half of your teaching will take place in the Spring Lane building. The rest of your contact hours will be nearby on Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
You submit six essays; three are submitted at the end of the Autumn term and three at the end of the Spring term (essays are usually around 4,000 words long).
Your final dissertation or policy report of between 10,000 - 12,000 words is submitted at the beginning of September.
We offer the opportunity to present your dissertation or policy research report at our research seminar presentation workshops. These are not formally assessed (not credit bearing), but they give you the chance to hone your presentation skills and to get verbal feedback from your tutors and peers.
From political research to journalism, marketing and HR, a masters degree in Political Theory leads to a broad range of career opportunities.
Our students have found work in central or local government, non-governmental organisations, community and voluntary organisations, social enterprise, higher education, accountancy and banking organisations, law firms, media companies and international and global development bodies.
Recent graduates from the department work as university lecturers, parliamentary assistants, librarians and television producers. Other popular employers include:
We typically ask for a degree at 2:1 or above. You must also include a written work sample with your application.
We are willing to consider applicants with lower qualifications, particularly if you have high marks in relevant modules and/or appropriate professional experience. Additional information may be requested.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, or want to enquire informally about whether this course would be suitable for you, please contact us.
If you earned your Bachelors degree outside of the UK, you should check that it is equivalent to a 2:1. Our country-specific pages can help you to find out.
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You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.
The length of course you need to take depends on your current IELTS scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.
After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.
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