Research course

Political Theory

Cardiff University · Department of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

See our website for details.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The School has an exceptionally strong research culture with a strong reputation for the quality of the research produced and the growing number of research grants it is attracting. It is home to the renowned Collingwood and British Idealism Centre and attracts visiting scholars from all over the world, most prominently Professors Carole Pateman and Rex Martin both of whom have become Honorary Professors at Cardiff.

The Political Theory Research Unit has an unusual concentration of political theorists and historians of political thought and this enables it to offer supervision across a wide range of research topics, including

  • British idealism
  • Collingwood
  • Contemporary political theory
  • Distributive justice
  • Environmental politics
  • European Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment
  • Gender studies
  • Globalisation
  • Global justice
  • History of ideas
  • History of political thought
  • Historiography & historical theory
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • Human rights
  • Identity
  • Ideology critique
  • International law
  • International relations
  • Just war
  • Liberalism
  • Multiculturalism
  • Nationalism
  • Normative politicla theory
  • Political theory
  • Žižek

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)29 2087 0084