The strength of this MA derives from it being a genuinely interdisciplinary course that bridges the conventional divides between social theory, political theory and philosophy, the history of social and political thought, and the study of political and social movements.
The course brings together philosophers, legal theorists, sociologists, historians and political scientists who have an interest in the interactions between the explanatory, normative and ideological dimensions of social and political thought.
The MA covera both historical traditions and contemporary developments. Our objective is to provide a specialised knowledge of selected areas in contemporary thought and a broad basis in the major European historical tradition.
We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.
Autumn term: Text and Critique in Social and Political Thought • Theorising the Social.
Spring term: you choose two options from Capitalism and its Critics • Hegel and Marx • International Relations in World History • Law and Social Theory • Law, Neoliberalism and the Welfare State • Law, Security and the Global Public Good • Modernity and International Relations • Modern Republicanism and Commercial Society • Political and Legal Philosophy • Religions, Cultures and Civilisations in International Relations • The Ethics and Politics of Globalisation • The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory • The Idea of Europe • War, Terror, Violence and International Law.
Summer term: you undertake supervised work on the MA dissertation. There are regular work-in-progress seminars.
The largest assessed element in the MA is the 15,000-word dissertation. In addition, the core modules and options are assessed by 5,000-word term papers.
Chancellor's International Scholarship (2015)
25 scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential. The scholarships are offered for one year.[[Type of award]] Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]] 50% off international student tuition fee[[Further information]] Successful applicants Students accepting a Chancellor's International Scholarship may be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between the student and the University.
Value of Scholarship(s)
50% off International Student tuition fee
In order to be considered for a Chancellor's International Scholarship you must meet all of the following criteria:Have applied for and accepted a place to start a Postgraduate taught degree at the University of Sussex (e.g., MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, Postgraduate Diploma, and Graduate Diploma) excluding certain degrees listed on our website. Be assessed as liable to pay fees at the "overseas" (namely the non-EU) rate.Have sufficient funds to meet your tuition fees and living expenses, after taking account of the possible award of a Chancellor's International Scholarship.Students who hold other University of Sussex scholarships will not be eligible for the Chancellors International Scholarship.
The closing date and time for applications to be received is 1st May 23:59:00 BST prior to the academic year commencing in September. Applications received after 1st May cannot be considered.
When completed, you should return the form by email, post or fax to:
The University is delighted to offer 100 Masters scholarships to attract the most talented students to study at Sussex. Our awards include enhanced scholarships of £10,000 which are available for 2015 only and standard scholarships of £3,000. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis to UK/EU and non-EU students and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study. Further details are as follows:[[Type of award]] Postgraduate taught[[Award amount]] Up to £10,000[[Timetable]] The application deadline is 1st August 2015.Scholarships will be allocated in a number of separate rounds during 2015 (February, April, June and August).The first allocation of awards will take place in February. Scholarships will be awarded in a number of separate rounds, in February, April, June and August, with successful applicants notified after each round. If you are not immediately successful in being awarded a scholarship, but meet the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be re-considered in the following allocation round alongside any new applications. The final allocation will be after the August deadline, with all remaining decisions notified then.[[Further information]] If you accept a Chancellor's Masters Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Up to £10,000
• You must graduate with a first-class honours degree from any UK higher education institution • You must have paid annual tuition fees of £9,000 or more in each of the last three years of undergraduate study • You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters course by 1 August • You must accept and meet any conditions of your offer.
To be considered for a scholarship you should apply online for an eligible full-time Masters course between 1 October 2014 and 1 August 2015 via the University's postgraduate application system.To be considered for the scholarship (standard or enhanced), please complete the Chancellor's Masters Scholarship application form by 1 August. You are only required to submit one application, your eligibility for the standard or enhanced award will be assessed if you are made an offer of a scholarship.
The University is delighted to announce the launch of an unlimited number of enhanced scholarships of £10,000 for Sussex students admitted to full-time Master's degree courses in September 2015. The scholarships are jointly funded by the government and the University, and confirm Sussex's position as one of the UK's leading universities for postgraduate study.The enhanced scholarships are available for admission in 2015 only and are based on progression from an undergraduate course where students have paid the higher tuition fee, in operation since 2012/13. Additionally, the University has provided funding to make enhanced scholarships available to international students at Sussex.In line with our sector leading Masters scholarship offer in 2014 we will continue to offer an unlimited number of standard scholarships at £3,000 and £2,000 for Sussex students admitted to full-time Master's degree courses in September 2015.[[Type of award]] Taught full-time Masters[[Award amount]] £3,000 fee waiver for First class degree, £2,000 fee waiver for 2:1 degree[[Further information]] If you accept a Sussex Graduate Scholarship you will be required to undertake occasional promotional or support duties for the University of Sussex at times agreed between yourself and the University (e.g. providing text for the prospectus or web page). Schools of study may have specific duties they wish you to assist with.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Up to £10,000
• You must be a University of Sussex graduate progressing immediately onto an eligible full-time Masters degree in 2015 (see below); • You must have applied for your chosen full-time Masters degree by 1 August 2015 and have accepted and met the conditions of your offer; and • You must meet the University's entrance requirements
You must apply for admission to an eligible Masters course via the University's PG Apply online application system between 1 October 2014 and 1 August 2015.If you are made an offer, you will be asked to indicate your interest in the Sussex Graduate Scholarship when you accept your offer online.