University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Political Theory

This programme explores problems crucial to current politics domestically and in the global sphere; it promotes the study of those problems through theoretical, ethical and practical inquiry, drawing on the expertise of a large and diverse team of political theorists; it is designed for students who are either familiar with the study of political ideas and issues at undergraduate level or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.

Entry requirements

For the MA programme applicants require a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose 1st language is not English, a TOEFL or IELTS Certificate is required. Entry at Graduate Diploma level is possible for those with a reasonable 1st degree. Graduate Diploma students can upgrade to the MA on satisfactory examination performance.

Course modules

Core modules: Revolution and Enlightenment (Political Ideas A); Totalitarianism and the State (Political Ideas B); Dissertation, MA students to submit a 13,500 word dissertation (not applicable to Diploma Students). Core B (pathway 2): Multiculturalism and Religious Conflict (Issues in Politics A); Democracy, Power and Citizenship (Issues in Politics B); Dissertaion, MA students to submit a 13,500 word dissertation (not applicable to Diploma Students). Optional modules : Advanced Political Analysis; Asia Pacific Security; The Caucasus: History, Culture and Contemporary Politics; Central Asia: Islam, Nationalism and Globalisation; Civil War, Conflict Management and Peacekeeping; Contemporary Debates in International Relations Theory; Contemporary Issues in Global Ethics; Development and Emerging Inequalities in Europe; Diplomacy and Statecraft; Diplomatic History of the 20th Century; Ethical Dimensions of Terrorism, Political Violence and War; European Security; Foreign Policy Analysis; Gender and Global Governance; Germany's Foreign Policy since the end of the Cold War; Global Climate Change; Global Environmental Governance; Global Ethics: Theories and Approaches; Globalisation and Governance; History and Politics of South Africa (CWAS); International Political Economy; The Politics of the Arab-Israeli Conflict; Post-Conflict Peacekeeping and International Order; Readings in Russian and East European Studies; Researching Russia and Eastern Europe; Rising Powers and Global Order; Russian and Ukrainian Politics and International Relations; Security Studies; Sex, Death, Gender and (in) Security; Social Theory and Critique Contested Knowledge; Social Theory: from Marxism to Post Marxism; Strategic Studies; Terrorism and Political Violence; Terrorism and Contemporary Conflict; Theory and Ethics of Terrorism and Political Violence; US Foreign and Defence Policy.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,570 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 14,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 4,380 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 9,990 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,285 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time £ 3,285 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5005