Taught course

Social and Political Thought

University of Leeds · School of Sociology and Social Policy

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Entry requirements

A bachelor degree (hons) with a 2:1 or non-UK equivalent in a social sciences, humanities or related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Social and Political Thought offers an exciting interdisciplinary focus for the study of key social and political problems. It draws upon expertise from both the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the School of Politics and International Studies to create a research-based environment that integrates an advanced theoretical agenda with a strong practical orientation.

The course explores how theoretical frameworks can be applied within social and political research. You are encouraged to consider the positioning and relevance of classical and contemporary theory, including feminist, postcolonial and critical race theory.

You will consider how the works of key authors from Karl Marx, Max Weber and Emile Durkheim through to John Rawls, Iris Marion Young, Judith Butler and Charles W. Mills and others help us understand key changes and transformations around the world. You will study the dynamics of nations, states, markets, inequalities and power in global and comparative perspective, among many other topics.

Information for international students

Our English language requirements are IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office