Taught course

Political Theory

Institution
University of Birmingham · Department of Political Science and International Studies
Qualifications
MAPGDip

Entry requirements

For the MA programme you require a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose first language is not English, a TOEFL or IELTS Certificate is required. Entry at Graduate Diploma level is possible for those with a reasonable first degree. Graduate Diploma students can upgrade to the MA on satisfactory examination performance.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This Masters degree explores problems crucial to current politics domestically and in the global sphere. It promotes the study of those problems through theoretical, ethical and practical inquiry, drawing on the expertise of a large and diverse team of political theorists. It is designed for students who are either familiar with the study of political ideas and issues at undergraduate level or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.
This degree is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MA content from a wide range of optional modules.
This programme explores problems crucial to current politics domestically and in the global sphere. It promotes the study of those problems through theoretical, ethical and practical inquiry.
The degree draws on the expertise of a large and diverse team of political theorists. It is designed for students either familiar with the study of political ideas and issues at undergraduate level or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.
Issues and questions examined include:
  • Is globalisation a threat to democracy or an opportunity to promote it?
  • Can diverse cultures co-exist harmoniously? Should illiberal religious practices be tolerated?
  • What makes political ideas revolutionary? Can ideas cause revolutions?
  • How should societies respond to state violence and ideological extremism?
  • What is terrorism? Is terrorism ever acceptable?
  • How should we conceive of global justice?
  • Is the current states system an impediment to global justice, or the best institutional hope of achieving it?
The degree will be of interest and benefit to those interested in pursuing careers in law, education, the public sector, and international agencies and NGOs, as well as those interested in undertaking doctoral work in political theory and applied ethics. In all cases, students are encouraged to work closely with staff in a supportive and intellectually-committed environment.
One of the real strengths of our masters programmes is the wide range of available modules, giving students the ability to tailor their course of study to their own academic interests.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/international/students/scholarships/index.aspx

Fees and funding

UK students
£6,570 FT - £3,285 PT
International students
MA: £14,850 FT / PGDip: £9,900 FT

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www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGDip

part time
24 months
full time
9 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations40
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Dissertation20 (12500 words)

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate enquiry service
Email
postgraduate@contacts.bham.ac.uk
Phone
0121 414 5005