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MSc in Political Theory

Programme Code: TMPOTY

Department: Government

For students starting this programme of study in 2020/21

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the award of a taught master's degree (four units)
Exam sub-board local rules

Full-year programme. Students must take 2.5 course units, a compulsory course (0.5 units) and dissertation (1 unit) as shown. Part-time students may take up to four half unit courses in their first year.

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.


Course number, title (unit value)

Papers 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Courses to the value of 2.5 units from the following, but no more than 1.5 units in any one term:


GV408 Contemporary Disputes about Justice (0.5) #


GV442 Globalisation and Democracy (0.5)  (withdrawn 2020/21)


GV498 Multiculturalism (0.5)


GV4A3 Social Choice Theory and Democracy (0.5) #  (withdrawn 2020/21)


GV4B6 Kant's Political Philosophy (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


GV4B7 The Idea of Freedom (0.5) #


GV4D7 Dilemmas of Equality (0.5)


GV4E2 Capitalism and Democracy (0.5)


GV4F5 Advanced Study of Key Political Thinkers (0.5) #


GV4G7 Marx and Marxism (0.5)


GV4H1 Chinese Political Thought (0.5)


GV4H3 Feminist Political Theory (0.5)


GV4H5 The Political Philosophy of Epidemics (0.5) #


GV4K2 Postcolonial and Comparative Political Theory (0.5)


GV4K5 Being Truly Human - Personality Justice and Being (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


GV4K6 The Challenge of Political Theology in some Twentieth Century Political Theory (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


GV4M6 Modern African Political Philosophy (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


Students can take courses to the value of one full unit from the following:


IR462 International Political Theory (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


LL4BW Law and Political Thought (0.5) #  (not available 2020/21)


PH416 Philosophy, Morals and Politics (1.0)


SO427 Modern Social Thought (0.5)  (not available 2020/21)


A half-unit course from the Government or another department, by special permission only.

Paper 6

GV4H4 Foundations of Political Theory (0.5)

Paper 7

GV499 Dissertation (1.0)

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to graduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the graduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the graduate summary page for future students.