Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

Contemporary Political Theory

This course offers advanced training in key issues and thinkers in contemporary political theory, from both Anglo-American and Continental perspectives. The Department�s theory group has research and teaching interests in applied analytical political theory (with issues including immigration, citizenship and the politics of recognition), post-Nietzschean theories of identity and post-identity politics, democratic theory and pragmatist philosophy.

Entry requirements

UK upper second class Honours degree 2.1 or equivalent.

Course modules

Core units: Political concepts; contemporary continental political theory; introduction to quantitative research methods in politics and international relations; introduction to qualitative methods in politics and international relations; foundations of contemporary political theory; research design in politics and international relations; dissertation (MSc only); elective course units: not all course units are available every year; China in the world; comparative political executives; culture and community; democracy and citizenship in Europe; democracy in comparative perspective; foreign policy of the European Union; human rights; identity, power and radical political theory; internet and new media politics; issues in United States foreign policy; media, war and conflict; the politics of ethnic multiculturalism; politics of forced migration; sovereignty, rights, and justice; theories of globalisation; Africa and international politics; biopolitics and security; political violence; transnational security and the law of targeting.

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years
PgDip Full-time - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

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