MA Political Science - Philosophy and Political Theory / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

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Course description

This pathway offers a specialisation in political theory, while also deepening your knowledge in other areas of philosophy. Therefore, you must have studied some philosophy in your undergraduate degree.

It is particularly suited for those of you who are from PPE, philosophy and law, or philosophy and politics undergraduate courses. 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. 

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
Philosophy of Mind PHIL60072 15 Optional
Philosophy of Language PHIL60081 15 Optional
Aesthetics PHIL60282 15 Optional
Philosophy of Medicine PHIL60371 15 Optional
Theoretical Approaches to Political Economy POEC61011 30 Optional
Governing in an Unjust World: Justice and International Relations POLI60182 15 Optional
The Ethics Of Killing POLI60221 15 Optional
Dissertation Research Design POLI60312 15 Optional
Human Rights in World Politics POLI70492 15 Optional
Political Theory Research Training Seminar POLI70601 15 Optional
Debating Justice POLI70611 15 Optional
Theories of Rights POLI70722 15 Optional
Dissertation POLI72000 60 Optional
Philosophy of Decision-Making: Ethical and Legal Aspects of Moral Dilemmas RELT71211 15 Optional
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Facilities

You will be supported by first-class resources, in addition to networked study areas.

You will also have access to the John Ryland's University Library , with over 4.5m books and vast archives of historical material and rare volumes, it is 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