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Social and Political Thought - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2019 Entry)

This MA programme provides you with a thorough grounding in the classics of Social and Political Thought, and a deep and varied engagement with their 20th and 21st century offshoots. It addresses key concepts and ideas that are central to the analysis of contemporary society, politics and culture. These include debates over the basis of contemporary capitalism, neoliberalism, biopolitics, ideology, and the fundamental question of what it means to be ‘social’ and/or ‘human’.

Related Degrees:

Core Modules:

The course consists of two core modules, if you would like to view the modules in greater detail, please click on each module title:

Optional Modules:

Previously, a selection of the following optional modules have been offered:

  • Gender, Imperialism and International Development
  • Capitalism, State and Market
  • Social Research for Social Change
  • Religion, Militancy and Terror
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice

You'll find optional module lists for Sociology modules on our 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. You’ll be required to choose four optional modules from our departmental list. All our MA courses follow a consistent structure meaning that you will follow a programme of taught modules, followed by a 15,000 word dissertation.

Contact Hours:

Each module will consist of at least 20 hours of teaching. You will also have contact hours available at your own disposal for dissertation supervision, etc.

Class Sizes:

Class sizes can range from 6 to 30 students, dependent on each module.


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.

Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Civil Service
  • Nielsen
  • OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
  • Porter Novelli

They have progressed into roles such as:

  • Business Consultant
  • Charity Outreach Worker
  • Speech and Language Specialist

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Essential information

Course Code



Full-time: 1 year

(September 2019 - September 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(September 2019 - September 2021)

Entry Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

Band B

IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

Department of Study


Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

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Sociology Departmental Scholarship - £5,000 for full-time applicants and £2,500 over 2 years for part-time applicants. 10 awards available: 5 for home and EU candidates, 5 for overseas candidates.

Additional Course Costs

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.