Taught course

International Political Theory

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a degree in political philosophy, with especial emphases on normative political theory and the history of political thought.

It aims to equip students with the intellectual skills to think philosophically/theoretically about international affairs, including the relevance of the distinction national/international. Students will:

  • identify and analyse the normative issues arising in the sphere of global social, economic, political and security relations;
  • understand how to apply, and when to amend, existing resources of political theory to political issues beyond the horizon of the nation-state;
  • evaluate policy in international affairs from the standpoint of normative principle;
  • examine normative standards exemplified by existing international institutions;
  • formulate research questions and plan, execute and present their findings.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0) 131 651 1560