University of York

University of York

Political and Legal Theory (Toleration)

The course provides an opportunity to think about toleration from historical, legal, and philosophical perspectives. Students have the chance to explore the arguments for toleration made by thinkers such as John Locke, Pierre Bayle, and John Stuart Mill, and against it by their enemies, to test the limits of these arguments in discussions of controversial issues such as pornography, faith schools and Holocaust denial.

Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2.1 or international equivalent in a relevant subject.

Course modules

Core Module includes: toleration and its enemies; contemporary issues in toleration; foundational issues in legal theory; dissertation. Three Option modules: approaches to political theory; conflict and development; contemporary issues in international political economy; contemporary issues in toleration; critical theories of international political economy; ethics and world politics; European public policy; global governance; governing for the environment; ideas and institutions; introduction to quantitative methods of data analysis; issues in contemporary political philosophy; leading and managing change; managing public finances; new security challenges; personal and professional skills; policy analysis; political research and analysis; politics of international trade and development; public management and delivery; qualitative research in politics ; reason and power in European political thought; sex and the liberal state; state, space and globalisation; strategic planning; themes and theories in international relations; theories and policies of development governance; toleration and its enemies; twentieth-century communisms; women, citizenship and conflict.

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.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,650 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 15,680 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 3,320 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 7,840 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
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01904 322142