Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2:1 or international equivalent in the relevant subject. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Political Theory provides students with the opportunity to get to grips with some of the central and enduring questions of political theory. These are questions central to political life in the 21st century and the programme allows students to explore them with reference to great political theorists both past and present.

The core module provides students with a working knowledge of contemporary political theorists such as John Rawls, David Gauthier and Michael Walzer together with an investigation of the most important approaches to the history of political theory.

A variety of option modules allow students to study issues connected with toleration, continental political theory, legal theory, and political integrity. Students will also write a dissertation on a topic of their choosing.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323561