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Social and Political Thought - MA, PGDip (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

‘One of the hardest tasks for students and teachers today is to think clearly and imaginatively about the social and political challenges that confront us. This MA programme offers you a sense of what those challenges are, and some of the tools with which to meet them. 

You will be guided, firstly, through the labyrinth of classical social and political thought, exploring the ways in which key thinkers confronted the problems of their own time, and thinking about if and how their ideas still resonate today. You will then be taken through one major substantive theme: the relationship between capitalism, neoliberalism, the modern state and crisis. Following this our modules will allow you to both pursue classical themes in greater depth and to tackle more contemporary problems head on, including consumerism, biopolitics, posthumanism, memory and history, culture and politics, as well as the intellectual debates and controversies they have spawned.’

Core Modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Politics and Social Theory
  • Capitalism, State and Market

Optional Modules:
This programme has optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award. At a research led institution, optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. For the optional modules available in this department please visit the department website.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Each of our MA courses has specified core modules which will be studied alongside a range of optional modules. All our MA courses follow a consistent structure meaning that you will follow a programme of taught modules making up 120 CATS (academic credits), followed by a 15,000 word dissertation worth 60 CATS. Our modules are generally 20 CATS, so you will cover 6 modules - although your exact pathway will depend on the programme you choose and your selection of optional modules. So, alongside your courses core modules (and your dissertation), you will be required to select a number of optional choices. Each course has different requirements for this. Some allow you free choice across the department, and some will require you to select a number of modules from relevant lists.

For MA Social and Political Thought you’ll be required to choose four optional modules from our departmental list. You will have a personal tutor who will be able to advise you on your academic progress as well as discuss aspects such as which modules are best for you.

Taught modules are assessed through written assignments. Providing you successfully complete the taught components of the course, you will then focus on completion of your MA dissertation in the summer months of July and August.


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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band B

Department of study


Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £19,300 per year

Part-time: (Part-time fees are charged over the first 2 years of study)
Home/EU: £4,290 per year
Overseas: £9,650 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.