MA Political Thought

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
Discipline
  • Politics and International Relations
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

The MA Political Thought gives you the opportunity to study the thinkers who have shaped the modern world – Locke, Hegel, Marx and others – as well as more recent debates in social and political theory. It draws upon the diverse interests of our lecturers; refers to both Anglo-American and ‘Continental’ literatures; and employs analytic and institutional approaches.

As a graduate of this programme you will have a broad knowledge of classic debates in the history of political ideas and of changing perceptions of money, work and commerce. You will also have the opportunity to take a wide range of options in subjects including philosophy of social science, science and technology studies, and theories of revolution.

Programme structure

The programme comprises 180 credits in total: taught modules worth 135 credits in total, and a supervised dissertation worth 45 credits.

Each taught module is normally taught through seminars, underpinned by reading and essay assignments.

Compulsory modules (120 credits)

CodeModuleCredits
POLM803Sources of Modernity and Post-Modernity 30
POLM057Theories of Interpretation30
POLM806Topics and Texts in Social and Political Thought 15
POLM877Dissertation45

Optional modules (60 credits)

Your optional modules are chosen in consultation with the programme convenor and can be taken from philosophy and/or politics postgraduate modules.

 

Recommended options (subject to availability) are listed below.

CodeModuleCredits
POLM080Global Justice30
POLM087International Political Theory30
POLM077 The Politics of Human Rights15

You can also choose optional modules (up to a maximum of 30 credits), from any other discipline, with the agreement of the module convenor.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Postgraduate study in Politics and International Relations: The student experience

Our students benefit from a world-class education and compete well in the jobs market.

With the exception of the dissertation, each module on this programme is normally taught through academic lectures expanded through seminar discussion, presentations, group work, reading and essay assignments.

You will have an individual supervisor for your dissertation, which is a 16,000-20,000 word extended political theory essay on a topic of your choice (following discussion and approval from your supervisor).

The teaching and assessment on this programme should enable you to develop insight into recent critiques of modern Western societies and their values, and the ways in which these form crucial theoretical elements in debates across the social sciences.

As a graduate of the MA Political Thought you should be able to:

  • Synthesise and comment critically on a body of academic writing relating to contemporary social and political philosophy.
  • Appreciate, analyse, interpret and evaluate international socio-political issues, ideas and institutions.
  • Construct and defend a rigorous argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials.

Careers

You will develop a number of skills that are valued in professional and managerial careers: the ability to research and analyse information from a variety of sources along with written and verbal skills needed to present and discuss your opinions. The understanding you will gain of complex political and cultural issues, often in continually changing environments, can also be relevant to both business and public sector appointments.

Consequently, University of Exeter Politics postgraduates have been highly successful in securing interesting career opportunities and progressing to PhD level study.

Employment and professional development

Our excellent Employability and Graduate Development Service provides invaluable support, advice and access to graduate employers. Visit the employment and professional development pages for more information, including podcasts and profiles, about the range of support available.

Research areas

Students can take advantage of our seminar series and its long-running and highly successful annual postgraduate conference which brings together researchers from across all humanities and social sciences disciplines.

Our research is funded by leading research councils and is used by governments and networks around the world.

The Centre of Political Thought is an active research community distinguished by its diversity, collegiality and engagement between different approaches. Exeter has one of the largest and most diverse groups of political theorists of any Politics department in the UK.

We have a long-standing reputation as a centre of expertise in the history of political ideas and we are the home of the discipline's leading journal History of Political Thought.

Entry requirements 2017

Normally a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university.

Non-standard applications will be considered on their merits and mature students are encouraged to apply.

We have a strong commitment to the widening participation remit and encourage applications from all sections of society, particularly from ethnic and religious minorities. We welcome applications from people with disabilities or special needs and will endeavour to provide all reasonable support for your study.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

  • UK/EU: £8,400 full-time; £4,200 part-time
  • International: £17,000 full-time

Funding

Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes in Politics.

University funding

The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Contact us

Please contact us if you would like more information about this programme, or if you would like to arrange to come and see us.

Postal address

Politics
University of Exeter
Amory Building
Rennes Drive
Exeter
EX4 4RJ
United Kingdom

Postgraduate Taught admissions

For all enquiries relating to this programme, please contact:

SSIS Student Recruitment Office
Tel. +44 (0)1392 723192
Email ssis-admissions@exeter.ac.uk

Where to find us

Politics is located on the University's Streatham Campus. For information on how to find us, please see our directions to Streatham Campus and the Streatham Campus map.