MA Political Theory

Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Department of Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences

Renowned academics and an exceptional range of options make Sheffield one of the best places in the world for this subject.

Philosophy is challenging, it forces you to question your deep-seated beliefs and values. The great thing about philosophy is that it teaches you not what to think, but how to think.

Briana Toole, Postgraduate student in Department of Philosophy

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

This course is taught jointly by the Departments of Philosophy and Politics. It's designed to help you develop advanced knowledge and understanding of political philosophy.

The MA teaches you the research skills you need for a PhD in political theory or a related subject.

Through close critical reading, you will familiarise yourself with important works of contemporary political and moral philosophy. We'll teach you how to reason and argue with your peers through difficult and sometimes controversial ideas.

You'll write a long essay for each module and a dissertation. If you’re going on to a PhD, you may choose to write a PhD proposal.

Briana Toole, postgraduate student in the Department of Philosophy

Core module

  • Political Philosophy Research Seminar
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Other modules include research seminars in:

  • History of Philosophy
  • Morals and Other Values
  • Mind and Language
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Cognitive Studies

And modules including:

Human Rights, Politics and Global Migration, The Politics of
International Law

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment

You'll be assessed continuously through essays.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a first-class or a strong 2:1 honours degree.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Apply now

September 2017 start

Course description 2017

This course is taught jointly by the Departments of Philosophy and Politics. It’s designed to help you develop advanced knowledge and understanding of political philosophy.

The MA teaches you the research skills you need for a PhD in political theory or a related subject.

Briana Toole, postgraduate student in the Department of Philosophy

Core modules

  • Political Philosophy Research Seminar
  • Dissertation

Other modules include

Research seminars in:

  • History of Philosophy
  • Morals and Other Values
  • Mind and Language
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Cognitive Studies

Modules including:

  • Human Rights
  • Politics and Global Migration
  • The Politics of International Law

Teaching and assessment

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars and tutorials. You’ll write a long essay for each module and a dissertation.

If you’re going on to a PhD you may choose to write a PhD proposal.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You’ll need a first-class or 2:1 honours degree.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Apply now

Fees and funding

If you qualify, you may be able to get financial support through the University's studentships and fee waivers, and the AHRC Block Grant Partnership.

Department's Postgraduate funding opportunities page

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Joanne Renshaw
E: j.renshaw@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0587

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.