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Politics postgraduate student in the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons
MA Political Science - Philosophy and Political Theory
Learn to connect philosophical arguments to political situations.

MA Political Science - Philosophy and Political Theory

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Arts
Duration
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Entry requirements

UK 2:1 (Hons) degree (or international equivalent) in philosophy, or a degree with philosophy as a component (eg PPE).

Please supply your degree transcript with details of the courses you have taken and marks obtained (if available).

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Useful information;

  • There is NO application fee.
  • International (non UK/EU) are advised to apply by 1 June.
  • UK/EU can apply up until 1 September.
  • We DO NOT require references, but please indicate the names of two referees on your form and we will request them if necessary.
  • Personal statement NOT required.
  • Writing Sample - ALL applications should be accompanied by a writing sample, which demonstrates that the candidate has the analytical capacities and writing skills required to undertake masters level research in Philosophy.  You may submit a normal-length essay that you have written for a philosophy module as your writing sample

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MA Y Y N N

Course overview

  • You are interested in politics and philosophy and the interactions between these disciplines
  • You want to learn in small, intensive, discussion-based seminar groups
  • You are interested in opportunities to connect abstract philosophical arguments to concrete political situations

Open days

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £9,000

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Telephone
0161 275 1296
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/politics
Academic department overview

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

UK 2:1 (Hons) degree (or international equivalent) in philosophy, or a degree with philosophy as a component (eg PPE).

Please supply your degree transcript with details of the courses you have taken and marks obtained (if available).

English language

IELTS - overall score of 7, including 7 in writing with no further component score below 6.0

TOEFL IBT - overall score of 100 with 25 in each section.

TOEFL code for Manchester is 0757

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.  For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).

The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online

Useful information;

  • There is NO application fee.
  • International (non UK/EU) are advised to apply by 1 June.
  • UK/EU can apply up until 1 September.
  • We DO NOT require references, but please indicate the names of two referees on your form and we will request them if necessary.
  • Personal statement NOT required.
  • Writing Sample - ALL applications should be accompanied by a writing sample, which demonstrates that the candidate has the analytical capacities and writing skills required to undertake masters level research in Philosophy.  You may submit a normal-length essay that you have written for a philosophy module as your writing sample

Advice to applicants

Points Based System (PBS) International applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK can obtain up-to-date information on the latest student visa advice and guidelines.

How your application is considered

Applications are initially assessed by the Admissions Team and referred to the Admissions Tutor when required.

Course details

Course description

  • You are interested in politics and philosophy and the interactions between these disciplines
  • You want to learn in small, intensive, discussion-based seminar groups
  • You are interested in opportunities to connect abstract philosophical arguments to concrete political situations

This new pathway offers a specialisation in political theory, while also deepening your knowledge in other areas of philosophy. Students must have some Philosophy in their undergraduate degree. It is particularly suited for students from PPE, Philosophy and Law, or Philosophy and Politics undergraduate programmes. This is a course taught by both philosophy and politics discipline areas for high quality students tapping into the exceptionally large and talented group of staff who work in political theory and in philosophy at The University of Manchester. 

Contact: Dr Stephanie Collins

Tel: +44 (0)161 276 8028

Email:  stephanie.collins@manchester.ac.uk

Teaching and learning

IMPORTANT NOTE ON PART-TIME STUDY

Part-time students complete the full-time programme over two years.  There are NO evening or weekend course units available on the part-time programme.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory modules and then select your optional modules to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your module choices during induction week with your Course Director

Course unit details

Why is this course for me?

  • You don't want to pick between Politics and Philosophy.
  • You want to focus on analytic political theory -- issues of justice, rights, freedom, and equality -- while also sampling other philosophy courses -- on aesthetics, emotion, action, and science.
  • You want to learn in small, intensive, discussion-based seminar groups.

See 'files to download' tab for further information.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Ethics PHIL60051 15 Optional
Metaphysics PHIL60061 15 Optional
Philosophy of Mind PHIL60072 15 Optional
Philosophy of Language PHIL60081 15 Optional
Thinking About Values in Aesthetics PHIL60282 15 Optional
Politics, Economics and Environment POEC61002 15 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World POLI60182 15 Optional
The Ethics Of Killing POLI60221 15 Optional
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Optional
Political Theory Research Training Seminar POLI70601 15 Optional
Debating Justice POLI70612 15 Optional
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70871 15 Optional
Displaying 10 of 13 course units

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk