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About the MSc programme

Political theory is the study of the good society. Public debate is dominated by controversies such as what justice requires of citizens and the state; what the most important rights and liberties are; and what protection there should be for minorities in majoritarian democracies.

MSc Political Theory provides a scholarly examination of these questions, informed by adjacent debates in moral philosophy, legal theory, historical study, and political science. Currently, there are eight political theorists in the Department of Government, which is one of the largest concentrations of specialists in the world. Staff research interests are in diverse areas including comparative political theory, contemporary normative theory, the history of political thought, feminist theory, and rational and social choice theory. We aim to address issues in a global context.

The programme includes a compulsory half-unit course on Foundations of Political Theory, and a wide range of optional courses, and you will also complete a 10,000 word dissertation on an approved topic of your choice.

This programme is offered by the Department of Government, a world-leading centre for study and research in politics and government. It is home to some of the most internationally respected experts in politics and government. The Department produce influential research that has a global impact on policy.

Graduate destinations

This programme is a good preparation for further research work, or for a career in education, public administration, NGOs or the private sector. The Government Department's alumni can be found found in the world's leading political science departments, as well as in journalism, commerce, central and local government, and non-governmental organisations globally.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme


Visit the MSc Political Theory page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

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