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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of York

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    26-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Address 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?

On this course, you’ll explore these topics in greater depth and from different perspectives. The course draws on our internationally recognised 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.

Assessment and feedback

You submit six essays; three are submitted at the beginning of Spring Term and three at the beginning of Summer 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.

Careers and skills

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.

Career opportunities

  • Charity officer
  • Civil Servant Fast Streamer
  • Government social researcher
  • Policy adviser
  • Political risk analyst
  • Human resources officer

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,950per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of York

  • University League Table

    20th

  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

Inspiring teaching from eminent researchers who bring real-world expertise into their subjects, equipping students for the global workplace.
Dedicated international support, including funding opportunities, immigration advice, welcome communities, Maths and Writing Skills Centres, and much more.
Home to over 20,000 students from more than 150 countries, creating a diverse, inclusive community that offers a lifelong global network.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    16th out of 84 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    142 68%

    26th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74.0 74%

    16th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.79 76%

    41st

    3

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