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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Politics & Government


  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    One year full time; part-time study is not currently offered.

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK and EU: £9,000
    Overseas: £18,480

  • Last Updated

    11 December 2018

The MLitt Global Social and Political Thought is an interdisciplinary degree that explores the history of social and political ideas from ancient times to the present. The degree will develop your understanding of the history, nature, and practice of contemporary global politics and provide training in comparative analysis of history, philosophy, political economy, and international relations.


·        Degree structure and content helps students who may initially have limited direct experience in this field to develop advanced knowledge and understanding by means of carefully designed core modules.

·        Explores how knowledge is created, modified, and communicated in a digital era; how online identities and arguments are formed, used, and abused; and the nature of politics in an age of global online communications.

·        Transnational and comparative study of global traditions gives the degree a remarkable richness and depth compared with traditional political thought programmes.

·        Equips students for further study and research through training in the use and analysis of print, electronic, and unwritten sources; comparative analysis and cultural evaluation; and techniques such as sentiment analysis and topic modelling.

This degree will deepen your understanding of the great historical traditions of social and political thought across the globe. You will learn about the different kinds of social and political thought determining political argument today as well as explore the relationships between political thought and:

·        philosophy

·        literature and literary studies

·        international relations

·        law

·        politics

·        economics

·        theology

The degree will be of particular interest if you intend to continue to doctoral research as it provides a broad-based research programme that is followed by specialised study with scholars of political ideas from ancient times to the present.

Throughout, the degree fosters comparative analysis across nations and cultures, helping to give you a sense of what global thought and identity mean. The degree will also develop the skills that you need to understand political thought and the manipulation of ideas and identities in our digital age; how they are created and shaped; and how they are communicated and transformed, with profound consequences for politics today and into the future.

The degree is distinguished by its interdisciplinary character and involves academic staff from a number of different Schools. The interdisciplinary nature of the degree means that you explore a range of methodological approaches and use ideas from different disciplines to illuminate social and political thought questions.

Visit the Global Social and Political Thought (MLitt) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

Teaching format

The MLitt degree is a one-year full-time programme. Students complete two compulsory modules in Semester 1 (September to December) and two further compulsory modules in Semester 2 (January to June). The period during June to August is used to complete the summer research project.

The MLitt degree involves both independent and group study and teaching methods include seminars, workshops, and practical exercises. Most modules are assessed through coursework including written assignments, case study exercises, and presentations.

Further particulars regarding curriculum development.

Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies

The Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies is the University of Andrew's newest academic school and has been established to foster interdisciplinary postgraduate education and scholarship.

The Graduate School’s interdisciplinary programmes and community provide postgraduates with a stimulating environment in which you can:

·        learn across subject boundaries and expand your knowledge base, allowing you to maximise the intellectual and professional value of your time at St Andrews

·        develop and apply practical skills relevant to academic and professional contexts and enhancing your employability

·        explore a topic in depth through the summer project and demonstrate your ability to plan and manage academically rigorous research

·        benefit from being part of a vibrant and welcoming postgraduate community and a Graduate School that is wholly focussed on understanding and meeting the needs of Masters students

Entry Requirements

You should hold a UK undergraduate degree with upper second-class honours or an equivalent international qualification.

We welcome applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to:

·        classics

·        divinity

·        economics

·        English

·        history

·        international relations

·        management

·        political science

·        philosophy

Visit the Global Social and Political Thought (MLitt) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!




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