University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Political Science (Political Theory)

This programme offers an opportunity to explore some of the key political science and public policy issues of the 21st century; these include examination of the nature and problems of policy making in the contemporary world; how in a globalised world public decision making can be constructed in a way that delivers legitimacy and effective capacity to act; and the impact of governance arrangements on policy outcomes and the relationship between the state and citizens; it also involves in the modules on offer an opportunity to apply insights gleaned in a variety of contemporary settings.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 (or overseas equivalent) in a social science subject for direct Master's entry; 2.2 (or overseas equivalent) for postgraduate diploma route entry; for applicants whose 1st language is not English: IELTS overall 7, writing score 7; TOEFL overall 623, TWE 5 (PBT); TOEFL overall 263, TWE 5 (CBT) (this test is no longer available but results less than 2 years old can be submitted); TOEFL overall 100, with 25 in each of the 4 sections (IBT).

Course modules

Modules include: Understanding governance; and governance and the welfare state; advanced research in politics and dissertation research design; plus optional modules.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 8,200 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months
MA Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
PgDip Part-time - 18 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

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