2:1 degree (or equivalent) in Politics and International Studies or a closely related subject (however, all serious applications from other disciplines will be considered); a strong personal statement
Months of entry
f you want to study political, legal and moral philosophy to an advanced level and to consider how normative analysis might be applied to address matters of public concern, then this programme is for you. It will enable you to acquire knowledge and understanding of central normative conceptions, the debates they have generated, and their implications for different approaches to public policy, institutional design and the law.
Our MA in Political and Legal Theory is a fully interdisciplinary course. Unlike other programmes of this kind that offer a range of modules taught within various contributing departments, the core module for Political and Legal Theory will be taught in our department in collaboration with the School of Law and the Department of Philosophy. This interdisciplinary approach is supported by the close cooperation fostered by the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs, which is situated in our department
and which includes members from Law, Philosophy and Sociology.
This programme also provides an advanced education in normative issues that will prepare you for doctoral study that includes normative inquiry, giving you a wide range of experience that will be attractive to employers.
Students on the MA in Political and Legal Theory are taught in small group seminars and have the opportunity to mix with PhD students and staff in the Political Theory research cluster as well as attend weekly meetings of the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs (CELPA). The MA in PLT also provides an advanced education in normative issues that will prepare students for doctoral study that includes normative inquiry and give them a wide range of experience that will be attractive to employers.
Information for international students
Non-native speakers of English must have an IELTS score of 7.0, with a maximum of 6.0 or 6.5 in up to two categories, or equivalent score on another acceptable test (see Admissions for more information).
Fees and funding
There are several funding opportunities available for students applying for this course. These include external awards, wider University awards and departmental scholarships. Details can be found here:
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
In the first 2 terms students take taught modules: one core module, Normative Analysis (40 credits), and a choice of optional modules in PAIS or selected departments (80 credits). In the summer term students who meet the required standard proceed to the dissertation (60 credits).
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Office
- +44 (0)24761 50145