Taught course

Contemporary Political Theory

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

First degree: UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent. Alternative entry requirements: Mature students with substantial work experience will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Contemporary Political Theory offers advanced training in key issues and thinkers in contemporary British, American and European politics and political theory, from both Anglo-American and Continental perspectives. The department’s theory group has research and teaching interests in applied analytical political theory (with issues including immigration, citizenship and the politics of recognition), post-Nietzschean theories of identity and post-identity politics, democratic theory and pragmatist philosophy.

You will study a mixture of core and elective units, including a generous choice of free options, and write a supervised dissertation over the summer. Teaching is conducted primarily in small group seminars that meet weekly for two hours, supplemented by individual tuition for the dissertation.

This course is also offered at Postgraduate Diploma level for those who do not have the academic background necessary to begin an advanced Masters degree. The structure of the Diploma is identical except that you will not write a dissertation. If you are successful on the Diploma you may transfer to the MSc, subject to academic approval.

Information for international students

Please visit royalholloway.ac.uk/international English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 with 7 in writing, TOEFL (iBT) 88 with 26 in writing, or equivalent, for non-native English speaking applicants.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
20 months

Course contact details

Dr Michael Bacon