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Political Theory MA/PGDip


Course Description

This programme explores problems crucial to current politics domestically and in the global sphere. It promotes the study of those problems through theoretical, ethical and practical inquiry, drawing on the expertise of a large and diverse team of political theorists.

The degree draws on the expertise of a large and diverse team of political theorists. It is designed for students either familiar with the study of political ideas and issues at undergraduate level or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.

This degree is designed for flexibility, allowing you to choose over half of the MA content from a wide range of optional modules.

In the School of Government and Society we offer much more than a degree. As a student here, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, you have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of events, with some or all of the costs paid for by the School.

Issues and questions examined include:

Is globalisation a threat to democracy or an opportunity to promote it?
Can diverse cultures co-exist harmoniously? Should illiberal religious practices be tolerated?
What makes political ideas revolutionary? Can ideas cause revolutions?
How should societies respond to state violence and ideological extremism?
What is terrorism? Is terrorism ever acceptable?
How should we conceive of global justice?
Is the current states system an impediment to global justice, or the best institutional hope of achieving it?

Who is the programme for?

The degree will be of interest and benefit to those interested in pursuing careers in law, education, the public sector, and international agencies and NGOs, as well as those interested in undertaking doctoral work in political theory and applied ethics. In all cases, students are encouraged to work closely with staff in a supportive and intellectually-committed environment. It is designed for students who are either familiar with the study of political ideas and issues at undergraduate level or who are enthusiastic to focus on this area of study at the postgraduate level.

One of the real strengths of our masters programmes is the wide range of available modules, giving students the ability to tailor their course of study to their own academic interests.

About the School of Government and Society

The School of Government and Society is one of the leading UK and International centres for governance, politics, international development, sociology, public management, Russian and European studies.
Established in 2008, the School comprises three Departments: Politics and International Studies (POLSIS); International Development (IDD) and Local Government Studies (INLOGOV).

POLSIS: The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), one of the largest and most academically vibrant departments of Political Science and International Studies in the UK. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) Politics and International Studies at Birmingham was ranked the 6th best in the power rankings highlighting the large number of staff in POLSIS producing world-leading and internationally excellent research.

IDD: Be part of global effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Contribute to conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction. Help build capacity of nations and communities to adapt to climate change. Study with us to gain the skills and knowledge essential for working in international development in the 21st Century.

INLOGOV: The Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) is the leading academic centre for research and teaching on local governance and strategic public management. We enrich the world of local public service with research evidence and innovative ideas, making a positive difference.

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Political Theory MA/PGDip page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Judith Hoffs

Judith Hoffs is a full-time student enrolled in the MA Political Theory. She attended Maastricht University for her undergraduate in European Studies. She is originally from the Netherlands, but did her minor in Salford and moved to Birmingham to pursue her Masters degree. She enjoys reading, art and going out to experience the full student-life here in Birmingham.

Judith is also a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/judith-hoffs/


Scholarships

Entry Requirements

For the MA programme you require a good Honours degree or its equivalent. For those whose first language is not English, an IELTS Certificate is required.

Course Fees

Masters: Home/EU: £7,290 FT, £3,645 PT Overseas: £16,380 FT Postgraduate diploma: Home/EU: £4,860 FT, £2,430 PT Overseas: £10,920 FT


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