Normally a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university. Appropriate subjects include Politics, Philosophy, History, and Sociology.
Non-standard applications will be considered on their merits and mature students are encouraged to apply.
We have a strong commitment to the widening participation remit and encourage applications from all sections of society, particularly from ethnic and religious minorities. We welcome applications from people with disabilities or special needs and will endeavour to provide all reasonable support for your study.
Learn more at the entry requirements page.
Months of entry
The MA Political Thought gives you the opportunity to study the thinkers who have shaped the modern world – Locke, Hegel, Marx and others – as well as more recent debates in social and political theory. It draws upon the diverse interests of our lecturers; refers to both Anglo-American and ‘Continental’ literatures; and employs analytic and institutional approaches.
As a graduate of this programme you will have a broad knowledge of classic debates in the history of political ideas and of changing perceptions of money, work and commerce. You will also have the opportunity to take a wide range of options in subjects including philosophy of social science, science and technology studies, and theories of revolution.
Information for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Fees and funding
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in Autumn 2019.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- SSIS Student Recruitment Office
- +44 (0) 1392 723192