Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £9,835 (FT) £4,890 (PT)
- £17,250 (FT) £8,755 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 31 July 2015
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.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Advanced
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
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.
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).
- Meanings of Liberty: Applied Methods in Political Theory (30)
- Seminars in Political Theory/Colloquium in Legal Philosophy and Peer-Assisted Learning Sessions (30)
- Choose modules worth a total of 45 credits from the following:
- Contemporary Political Philosophy I: Authority, Obligation & Democracy (15)
- Contemporary Political Philosophy II: Social Justice and Equality (15)
- Equality, Justice and Difference (15)
- Republicanism and Liberalism (15)
- Global Ethics (15)
- Global Justice and Human Rights in an International Order (15)
- Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarian Tradition I (15)
- Jeremy Bentham and the Utilitarian Tradition I and II (30)
- Jurispudence and Legal Theory I & II (30)
- Public Ethics
CHOOSE A FURTHER 15-CREDIT MODULE FROM A LIST AVAILABLE AT:
- The following are suggestions:
- Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice (15),
Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development (15),
War, Peace and Human Rights (15)
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 primarily through long essays, course work and the dissertation.
Past students on the programme have been awarded prestigious scholarships such as AHRC and UCL graduate studentships.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- UK, EU, Overseas students
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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 degree
- Team Assistant, Goldman Sachs (2010)
- Legal Researcher, TLC Solicitors (2010)
- Research and Policy Assistant, Centre Point (2011)
- Web Strategist, Yahoo (2011)
- Project Assistant, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL Political Science is recognised as a centre of excellence in the field and 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.
Student / staff ratios › 29 staff › 378 taught students › 37 research students
Department: Political Science
Application and next steps
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.
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.
- All applicants
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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