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The MLitt in International Political Theory is a one-year taught postgraduate programme run by the School of International Relations. The programme commences in September and ends the following August.

Highlights

  • Offers a uniquely deep focus on both the history of political thought and contemporary political theory.
  • Ideal for further academic work leading to a PhD at St Andrews or elsewhere.
  • Prepares students for a wide range of professional fields including law, policy research and consultancy, NGOs, charities, international organisations, civil service and publishing.

Teaching format

The programme consists of four taught modules taken over two semesters and a 15,000-word dissertation in an area of your choice.

Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Average lecture sizes range from 20 to 30 students, and tutorial sizes range from 1 to 15 students. Assessment methods include a combination of examination and coursework.

Every MLitt student is assigned a dissertation supervisor who will advise on the choice of subject and provide guidance throughout the research process. 

Conferences and events

The School of International Relations hosts a variety of research seminars throughout the academic session to promote the work of the faculty, students and visiting speakers.

A number of student-led associations and organisations contribute to development and profile of International Relations throughout the University and the community.

Careers

Students who graduate from the MLitt in International Political Theory go on to work in various professional fields including:

  • law
  • policy research and consultancy
  • NGOs
  • charities
  • international organisations
  • civil service
  • publishing.

The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students in building their employability skills.


Visit the International Political Theory (MLitt) page on the University of St Andrews website for more details!

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