University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Politics (Political Theory)

This programme deploys theory as a mode of active political engagement in modern society; the programme provides a flexible and student-centred approach to political thought which emphasises the contemporary relevance and practical application of political ideas; working alongside research-active academics in deliberative research seminars, students engage in enduring debates in political theory concerning, for example, the nature of freedom, justice and democracy and the relationship between politics and morality; students address the practical implications of these ideas for pressing problems such as terrorism, global poverty, social cohesion, immigration, censorship, war and the environment.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold a good Honours degree upper 2nd Class or 1st class in a social science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification; relevant experience will be taken into account; however, if candidates have a good degree in, say, the natural sciences, humanities or languages, they may also apply, particularly if they have appropriate work experience; candidates who narrowly missed securing an upper 2nd result, should inform us of their circumstances so that their case can be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

Core modules: Advanced political analysis; concepts and issues in political theory; political theory dissertation. Optional modules include: Developments in British politics; conflict, complex emergencies and global governance; democracy and development; democratisation and multi-party politics in Africa; political economy of resources and development; capitalism and crisis; European defence and security analysis; the politics of the European Union; American foreign policy; contemporary politics of the Middle East; political transitions in south east Asia; contemporary international security; environmental politics and policy; international political economy; international politics and the environment; world politics and the environment; democratic theory and political transformation; research methods.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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School of Politics and International Studies
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0113 343 6843