Taught course

Political and Legal Theory

University of Warwick · Department of Politics and International Studies

Entry requirements

Upper-second class honours degree or equivalent. Your undergraduate degree should come from a recognised institution in a discipline related to Politics and International Studies. Applicants who fail to meet this standard may be offered Diploma entry if their application is strong enough in other aspects. You must also provide two strong references and a statement of purpose that includes your motivation behind applying for this degree, how your educational background has prepared you for rigorous postgraduate study in this area, how obtaining this degree fits into your future plans, and personal/work/voluntary experiences if they are related to the programme.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

The MA in Political and Legal Theory is designed for students wanting 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. It enables students to acquire knowledge and understanding of the central normative conceptions, the debates they have generated, and the implications of different approaches for public policy, institutional design and the law. These issues engage with several sub-disciplines such as political theory, jurisprudence, theories of different kinds of law, moral philosophy and ethics.

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 PAIS in collaboration with the Law School 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 PAIS and includes members from Law and Philosophy as well as Sociology and Economics.

The MA in Political and Legal Theory will provide a thorough basis in normative issues that will prepare students for doctoral study that includes normative inquiry or give them a wide range of experience that will be attractive to employers.

Information for international students

Minimum English language requirements: IELTS 7, TOEFL iBT 100. For further information, see the Warwick Admissions website.

Fees and funding

The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) and the International Office have a number of awards for international students each year. Check the PAIS website for details. British Council (Chevening) government scholarships are accepted.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (10000 words)

Course contact details

PAIS Postgraduate Office
024 7652 3486
024 7652 4221