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

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

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).

Teaching and learning

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

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

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit 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 POLI70611 15 Mandatory
Philosophy of Politics Research POLI70771 15 Mandatory
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Mandatory
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60230 0 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantitative Methods SOST70511 15 Mandatory
Ethics PHIL60052 15 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World POLI60182 15 Optional
Rhetoric in Politics POLI60242 15 Optional
Using Documents in Social Research POLI60252 5 Optional
Biography and life-history in the social sciences POLI60332 5 Optional
Interviews POLI70022 5 Optional
Human Rights in World Politics POLI70492 15 Optional
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Optional
Democracy: Theory & Practice POLI70872 15 Optional
Personality in Politics POLI71132 15 Optional
Doing Interviews SOAN60201 5 Optional
Practising Participant Observation SOAN60892 5 Optional
Creative Methods SOCY60192 5 Optional
Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research SOCY60231 10 Optional
Internet Research SOST60232 5 Optional
Understanding Big Data For Social Research SOST60511 5 Optional
Qualitative Comparative Analysis and Fuzzy Sets SOST71021 5 Optional
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Facilities

School of Social Sciences students are supported by first-class resources, in addition to the networked study areas. You will also have access to the one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the country.

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