Taught course

Global Social and Political Thought

University of St Andrews · Graduate School

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt Global Social and Political Thought is an interdisciplinary degree that explores the history of social and political ideas from ancient times to the present. The degree will develop your understanding of the history, nature, and practice of contemporary global politics and provide training in comparative analysis of history, philosophy, political economy, and international relations.


  • Degree structure and content helps students who may initially have limited direct experience in this field to develop advanced knowledge and understanding by means of carefully designed core modules.
  • Explores how knowledge is created, modified, and communicated in a digital era; how online identities and arguments are formed, used, and abused; and the nature of politics in an age of global online communications.
  • Transnational and comparative study of global traditions gives the degree a remarkable richness and depth compared with traditional political thought programmes.
  • Equips students for further study and research through training in the use and analysis of print, electronic, and unwritten sources; comparative analysis and cultural evaluation; and techniques such as sentiment analysis and topic modelling.

This degree will deepen your understanding of the great historical traditions of social and political thought across the globe. You will learn about the different kinds of social and political thought determining political argument today as well as explore the relationships between political thought and:

  • philosophy
  • literature and literary studies
  • international relations
  • law
  • politics
  • economics
  • theology

The degree will be of particular interest if you intend to continue to doctoral research as it provides a broad-based research programme that is followed by specialised study with scholars of political ideas from ancient times to the present.

Throughout, the degree fosters comparative analysis across nations and cultures, helping to give you a sense of what global thought and identity mean. The degree will also develop the skills that you need to understand political thought and the manipulation of ideas and identities in our digital age; how they are created and shaped; and how they are communicated and transformed, with profound consequences for politics today and into the future.

The degree is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character and involves academic staff from a number of different Schools. The interdisciplinary nature of the degree means that you explore a range of methodological approaches and use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate social and political thought questions.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
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