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MA in Politics and Philosophy

This interdisciplinary programme is designed to allow students to undertake sustained and focussed study in the disciplines of politics and philosophy. In addition to core and optional modules in politics and philosophy, a 20,000 word dissertation gives students opportunity to undertake an extended project which focuses upon one or a number of dimensions relating to the interface of politics and philosophy.

Core Modules

  • PPR400: Theory and Method in Postgraduate Studies
  • PPR410: Major Approaches to International Relations
  • PPR450: What is Philosophy? Methods, Aims, Debates

Elective Modules

Please note that the availability of elective modules varies from year to year. For currently available modules, please check the course handbook.

Politics and International Relations

  • PPR401: Independent Study Module
  • PPR411: Approaches to Peace Studies
  • PPR412: International Organisation and Foreign Policy
  • PPR413: Globalisation, the State & Democracy in the Third World
  • PPR414: US Foreign Policy
  • PPR415: International Political Economy and the 'Digital Age'
  • PPR416: States, Markets and Globalisation
  • PPR417: The European Union
  • PPR418: Politics & International Relations of the Middle East
  • PPR419: Conflict Transformation and Resolution
  • PPR420: Conflict Management and Contemporary Conflicts
  • PPR421: Comparative Defence Policy
  • PPR422: Security and Modernity
  • PPR423: Globalisation: Its Meanings, Causes and Consequences
  • PPR424: Conflict, International Intervention & Global Governance
  • PPR425: Theorising Security and War
  • PPR426: Political Theory and Modernity: Order, Value, and Critique
  • PPR427: Politics and Policymaking in the UK
  • PPR428: Gender, War and Security in International Relations
  • PPR429: Politics and Policy-Making in Liberal Democracy
  • PPR430: Theories and Concepts in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • PPR431: Issues and Practice in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
  • PPR433: Social Capital: Making Democracy Work
  • PPR434: Diasporas and Minorities of the Middle East
  • PPR435: International Relations and Politics of South Asia


  • PPR401: Independent Study Module
  • PPR451: Philosophy of Mind and Psychology
  • PPR452: Doing Contemporary Philosophy
  • PPR454: Foundations of Bioethics
  • PPR455: Children and Health
  • PPR456: Paternalism, Autonomy and Consent
  • PPR457: Social and Ethical Issues in Human Genetics
  • PPR458: Public Health and Ethical and Legal Issues
  • PPR459: Ethics and Governance
  • PPR460: Issues in Environmental Philosophy
  • PPR461: Existentialism
  • PPR462: Issues in Philosophy of Science
  • PPR463: Issues in Practical Philosophy


Funding Opportunities

MA Bursaries of £1000 each now available for 2015 entry.

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