MA Political Theory
Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, our grade point average in philosophy was higher than that of Oxford and Cambridge. Our courses are taught by some of the most respected philosophers in the world.
About the course
1 year full-time/2 years part-time
You'll explore many areas of contemporary political philosophy with this course taught jointly between the Department of Philosophy and Department of Politics. Your developing knowledge will be broad and flexible, covering rights, global justice, war and democracy, and key figures in the history of political ideas.
You'll need a 2:1 honours degree, plus supportive references from previous tutors. If you have different qualifications, we’ll look at your application on its individual merits.
English language requirements for overseas students
Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
Choose from a range including:
All taught modules (not the dissertation) are taught in seminars.
You'll be assessed continuously through essays.
To complete the MA successfully you must earn a total of 180 credits. Most core and optional modules count for 30 credits each. Your dissertation, produced over the summer after the taught element, counts for 60 credits.
For the module assessments and the dissertation, you'll need a mark of 50 per cent or above. If you don't complete the dissertation, achieving 120 credits in taught modules will get you a Graduate Diploma.
Fees and funding
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Where your masters can take you
A masters from Sheffield is excellent preparation for a PhD at any leading university. Many of our MA students take their PhDs with us, then go on to academic posts at places such as Aberdeen, Birkbeck, Cambridge, Essex, Keele, Kent, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Manitoba, Newcastle, Nottingham, the Open University, Oxford, Sheffield, Stirling and Zurich.
You'll be part of a large, diverse group of students from all over the world. You'll socialise together, share ideas and inspire each other.
A lively study environment
We want your time here to be rewarding, a positive experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
The Philosophical Gourmet Report 2011 recognised our strengths in Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, Philosophical Logic, Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Art, Kant, 19th Century Continental Philosophy, American Pragmatism and Feminist Philosophy.
The department is home to The Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies and the Leverhulme-funded Implicit Bias and Philosophy Project.
We have the first ever UK Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy, Professor Angie Hobbs.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.