Taught course

Politics (Political Theory)

University of Leeds · School of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Politics and Political Theory deploys theory as a mode of active political engagement in modern society.

The programme provides a flexible and student-centred approach to political thought which emphasises the contemporary relevance and practical application of political ideas. Working alongside research-active academics in deliberative research seminars, you will engage in enduring debates in political theory concerning, for example, the nature of freedom, justice and democracy and the relationship between politics and morality. You will address the practical implications of these ideas for pressing problems such as terrorism, global poverty, social cohesion, immigration, censorship, war and the environment.

You will play an active role in the thriving political theory research culture of the School. You will participate in both the Centre for Democratisation Studies, which brings together staff and students interested in the ideals and practices of democracy in the contemporary world, and also the White Rose Association for Political Philosophy (WRAPP) which brings together political philosophers from the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, and York to create the largest national research network in the discipline.

This course is ideally suited to advanced students who seek the space to think for themselves, but also the opportunity to work with academic experts. It will appeal to those students who are enthused by political ideas not merely for their own sake, but who wish to make use of those ideas in the analysis, critique and transformation of practice.

For information please contact the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) Admissions Team.

Information for international students

The University of Leeds welcomes international students. English language is required (eg. IELTS). Accommodation is guaranteed for all new international students paying fees at non-EU rate. For details please refer to relevant course website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The School of Politics and International Studies offers six partial fee scholarships to international students studying a masters in the School. Find out more.

The University also has scholarships available to UK /EU and International Students. Find out more at http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
+44 (0) 113 343 6843