Legal and Political Theory MA
This MA provides students with key analytical skills to study the ethical dimensions of public policy. The programme, drawing on three areas of excellence at UCL, is a unique mix of politics, law and philosophy, centred on the normative evaluation of public policy at both the domestic and international levels.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £9,550
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,750
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The programme explores the moral quality of the decisions citizens and professionals take, and the justice of the legal and political structures within which they operate. Students develop the ability to analyse important modern political theories, and justify their position on issues concerning the relationship between politics, law and society.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field. Britain's only department focused exclusively on graduate teaching and research, it offers a uniquely stimulating environment for the study of Legal and Political Theory.
Weekly interactive seminars offer students an unrivalled opportunity to meet and engage with some of the leading figures in the field.
The Legal and Political Theory MA benefits from the interdisciplinary research culture of the School of Public Policy, as well as from the participation of UCL Philosophy and UCL Laws.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (60 credits), optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
All MA students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching for all courses takes the form of seminars where time is dedicated both to introducing knowledge and materials, and allowing students to test their understanding, knowledge and evaluative skills, through discussion, criticism and debate. Assessment is through unseen examinations, long essays, course work and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Past students on the programme have been awarded prestigious scholarships such as AHRC and UCL graduate studentships.
Scholarships available for this department
For female prospective full-time Master's students in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or the Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. Successful applicants are normally required to hold or expect to achieve a UK first-class honours undergraduate degree or equivalent. This award is based on academic merit.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a political theory or related discipline from a UK university, a GPA 3.3 or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Advanced
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for students with a background in Law, Philosophy, Economics, History, or European Studies, who wish to develop their understanding of major issues in legal and political theory, for further research or a career in this field.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Legal and Political Theory at graduate level
- why you want to study Legal and Political Theory at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- if you have NOT formally studied Political Theory before, how does your personal, academic and professional background meets the challenges of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
This MA provides an excellent foundation for further research in political theory, or a wide variety of careers in this field.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- UK Parliament: Researcher for MP
- Nacro: Resettlement Plus Helpline Information Officer
- Medway Council: Political Assistant
- English Speaking Union: Publicity Officer
- London Sustainable Business Forum: Research
- Vault Europe: Business Journalist
- Centre Forum: Research Intern
- Stephen Rimmer and Co Solicitors: Trainee Solicitor
- Legal & Constituency Ltd: Underwriter
- City University: Graduate Diploma in Law
Top career destinations for this programme
- Goldman Sachs, Team Assistant, 2010
- TLC Solicitors, Legal Researcher, 2010
- Centre Point, Research and Policy Assistant, 2011
- Yahoo, Web Strategist, 2011
- Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Project Assistant, 2011
Students of the MA in Legal and Political Theory acquire advanced analytical transferable skills exposure to cutting-edge legal and philosophical work - problem-solving, logical skills, combined with deep understanding of challenges of contemporary world - as a result our students have excellent record of employability in top professions - law, consultacy, politics, journalism and academic careers.
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"London is a great world city, a source of intellectual inspiration in its own right. Being in London has enabled me to adopt a broader approach to my subject. In particular, it has enabled me to interact with, and learn from, leading legal practitioners and judges."
Professor John Tasioulas
Quain Professor of Jurisprudence
Subject: Law, Faculty: Laws
"I was able to develop my research interests into a more focussed package, which then helped me enormously when drafting my PhD research proposals."
PhD Candidate, UCL School of Public Policy, 2011
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