Taught course

Politics, Art and Resistance

University of Kent · School of Politics and International Relations

Entry requirements

A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA explores the theme of political resistance. While ideas and practices of resistance are discussed in general terms, the programme pays particular attention to artistic practices of resistance. It examines how resistance has featured in the history of political ideas, from Plato to Badiou, and investigates past and present practices of resistance as articulated in a wide range of activities including art, film, poetry and fiction. The programme is affiliated with the TATE Modern museum in London (via the TATE Exchange initiative), and will normally include a visit to the museum and an exploration of its collection. By linking theory to practice and focusing on a core thematic, this MA develops an innovative approach to political thought encompassing historical, conceptual and practical knowledge. Students on the programme will be able to submit a ‘documented practice of resistance’ for assessment. The MA won the prestigious Teaching Innovation Award (2015) from the UK’s Political Studies Association (PSA).

Course structure

Full-time students complete the MA in Politics, Art and Resistance over 12 months. Study is divided between taught modules, which last for one term each, and dissertation work. For full-time students, a total of six modules must be taken over the first two terms. Supervised dissertation work, on a relevant agreed subject, is then undertaken during the remainder of the academic year.

The MA can be taken on a part-time basis, typically over two years but flexible arrangements are also possible. When taking it over two years, part-time students choose three modules in each academic year, and write a supervised dissertation thereafter.

The programme is also offered as a Postgraduate Diploma, which entails the same taught curriculum as the MA but does not require a dissertation. It is thus worth 120 credits (60 ECTS credits). The Diploma can also be taken on a part-time basis.

Information for international students

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways. See http://www.kent.ac.uk/international-pathways/

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current opportunities and application details.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Politics and International Relations (subject enquiries, Canterbury)
+44 (0)1227 827307
+44 (0)1227 827033