The University of Sheffield
MA in Political Theory

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The MA in Political Theory is designed for students with an interest in contemporary political philosophy:  topics such as rights, global justice, war, democracy, as well as key figures in the history of political ideas including Plato, Rousseau, Kant, Hegel, Marx and Rawls. The course is taught jointly by the Departments of Philosophy and Politics, both leading departments in the UK with international reputations for teaching and research.

The most recent national Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 ranked the Philosophy Department third equal in the UK for the quality of its research.  The same Exercise rated the Politics Department equal first among politics and international studies departments in the country.

The MA in Political Theory has established itself as a successful and popular postgraduate programme, attracting a diverse group of accomplished students from the UK and abroad, many of whom go on to study for a PhD in political philosophy either at Sheffield or at other top-ranked institutions.

Some funding is available, both fees only (covering tuition) and fees plus maintenance (providing additional support for living expenses). Costs of living in Sheffield are relatively low: The culturally vibrant yet low-key city, conveniently located on the edge of the Peak District just two hours by train from London, has among the most affordable rents of any urban area in the UK.

The pages within this site provide information on the two available pathways and their modules, along with advice on applying, fees and funding and entry requirements.