University of York

University of York

Political Theory

The programme provides students with the opportunity to get to grips with some of the central and enduring questions of political theory. These are questions central to political life in the 21st Century and the programme allows students to explore them with reference to great political theorists both past and present. The core module provides students with a working knowledge of contemporary political theorists such as John Rawls, David Gauthier and Michael Walzer together with an investigation of the most important approaches to the history of political theory. A variety of option modules allow students to study issues connected with toleration, continental political theory, legal theory, and political integrity. Students will also write a dissertation on a topic of their choosing.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2.1 or international equivalent in a relevant subject. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Core Modules include: Approaches to political theory; dissertation. Option modules: Toleration; continental political theory; legal theory; political integrity.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Postgraduate Administrator
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