Masters | Postgraduate Course - Political Thought MA Course Details within University of Exeter

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Political Thought MA

Study Details

MSc: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

The MA Political Thought gives you the opportunity to study the thinkers who have shaped the modern world – Locke, Hegel, Marx and others – as well as more recent debates in social and political theory. It draws upon the diverse interests of our lecturers; refers to both Anglo-American and ‘Continental’ literatures; and employs analytic and institutional approaches.

As a graduate of this programme you will have a broad knowledge of classic debates in the history of political ideas and of changing perceptions of money, work and commerce. You will also have the opportunity to take a wide range of options in subjects including philosophy of social science, science and technology studies, and theories of revolution.

Module details

Compulsory modules

  • POLM803 Sources of Modernity and Post-Modernity 30
  • POLM057 Understanding and Interpretation in Political Thought 30
  • POLM806 Topics and Texts in Social and Political Thought 15
  • POLM877 Dissertation 45

Optional modules
Politics PGT modules 2017-8

  • POLM002M Management and Governance:Comparing Public Administration around the World (MPA only) 20
  • POLM003M Policy and Politics: the theory and Strategy of Delivering Public Services MPA ONLY 20
  • POLM004M Public Sector Finance for Managers (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM005M The Politics, Policy and Practice of Sustainable Development (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM007M The new Public Management: Principles, Practice and Prospects (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM008M Policy Analysis and Evaluation (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM009M Regulation and Reform: Analysis and Policy (MPA ONLY) 20
  • POLM057 Understanding and Interpretation in Political Thought 30
  • POLM060 Global Security 30
  • POLM063 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 15
  • POLM073 Political Economy of Food and Agriculture 15
  • POLM074 Research and Knowledge Transfer for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture 15
  • POLM082 International Relations of the Middle East 30
  • POLM084 Conflict, Security and Development in World Politics 30
  • POLM085 Work Placement in Conflict, Security and Development 30
  • POLM086 Quantitative Data Analysis 30
  • POLM090 East Asian Regional Order 30
  • POLM105 The Politics of Global Capitalism 30
  • POLM140 Qualitative Methods in Social Research 30
  • POLM606 European Political Integration (Jean Monnet module I) 30
  • POLM651 State and Society in the Middle East 30
  • POLM803 Sources of Modernity and Post-Modernity 30
  • POLM806 Topics and Texts in Social and Political Thought 15
  • POLM809 Applied Quantitative Data Analysis 15
  • POLM014M MPA Applied Studies (MPA with Applied Studies ONLY) 60
  • POLM015M Behavioural Public Policy and Administration 20
  • POLM142 Europe in the Digital Age 30
  • POLM147 Political Psychology and Rational Choice Approaches to International Relations 30
  • POLM148 Brexit: Causes, interpretation, and implications 30
  • POLM150 Text as data 15
  • POLM502 International Relations: Power and Institutions 30
  • POLM021 Power and Society 30
  • POLM030 Mathematics and Programming Skills for Policy Analytics 15
  • POLM095 The Politics of Democracy in Latin America 30
  • POLM104 US Foreign Policy 30
  • POLM151 Great Power Relations between the United States and China 30
  • POLM152 Post-Conflict Human Rights and Transitional Justice 30

Philosophy PGT modules 2017-8

  • PHLM008 Mind, Body and World 30
  • PHLM010 Introduction to Philosophical Methods 30
  • PHLM006 Contemporary Ethics 30

Entry Requirements

Normally a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university. Appropriate subjects include Politics, Philosophy, History, and Sociology.

Non-standard applications will be considered on their merits and mature students are encouraged to apply.

We have a strong commitment to the widening participation remit and encourage applications from all sections of society, particularly from ethnic and religious minorities. We welcome applications from people with disabilities or special needs and will endeavour to provide all reasonable support for your study.

Programme Funding

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Masters programmes at the University of Exeter.

Student Destinations

You will develop a number of skills that are valued in professional and managerial careers: the ability to research and analyse information from a variety of sources along with written and verbal skills needed to present and discuss your opinions. The understanding you will gain of complex political and cultural issues, often in continually changing environments, can also be relevant to both business and public sector appointments.