Taught course

Social and Political Thought

University of Sussex · Philosophy

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Your qualification should be in a humanities or social sciences subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA brings together social theory, political theory and philosophy. You learn about the history of social and political thought and study political and social movements. You’ll cover both historical traditions and contemporary developments.

This is an interdisciplinary course. We bridge subject boundaries and use both empirical and normative analysis. You’ll learn from our faculty’s specialised knowledge of selected areas in contemporary thought and the major European historical tradition.

Our research strengths include:

  • social theory (especially Hegel, Marx and Frankfurt School critical theory)
  • recent democratic, socialist and environmentalist thought and practice
  • the history of political, social and economic thought
  • the philosophy of social science and the sociology of knowledge
  • contemporary political philosophy cosmopolitanism.

You can also take the opportunity to get involved with our in-house journal Studies in Social and Political Thought.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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