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MA Political Science - Political Theory Pathway (Research Route)
A degree designed for a research career in political economy.

MA Political Science - Political Theory Pathway (Research Route) / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

  • You want the chance to study a range of interesting and important political problems and questions - and develop strong skills in logic and reasoning
  • You would like a course that has consistently proved an excellent stepping stone for a PhD in political theory
  • You are interested in studying in one of the largest and most active political theory research groups in the UK

There has been a long tradition of specialising in the study of political theory at Manchester. Between them, those teaching on this pathway cover a wide variety of fields of interest: from the major debates in contemporary political philosophy (around topics of rights, justice and political morality).

Programme Director: Dr Stephen Hood

tel +44 (0)161 306 6929

email:  mailto:tom.porter@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 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
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Mandatory
Political Theory Research Training Seminar POLI70601 15 Mandatory
Debating Justice POLI70612 15 Mandatory
Philosophy of Politics Research POLI70771 15 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Governing in an Unjust World POLI60182 15 Optional
The Ethics Of Killing POLI60221 15 Optional
Archival Research POLI60251 5 Optional
Biography & Life History in the Social Sciences POLI60331 5 Optional
Interviewing Activists POLI70021 5 Optional
Critical Approaches to International Political Economy POLI70311 15 Optional
Human Rights in World Politics POLI70492 15 Optional
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70871 15 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60892 5 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Narrative Analysis SOCY70722 5 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60512 5 Optional
Displaying 10 of 19 course units

Facilities

The School of Social Sciences is now based in a brand new purpose-built building which allows 24/7 access.

Dedicated area in the atrium with computer terminals

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