Queen Mary, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme offers advanced training in intellectual history, the history of political thought and the history of philosophy, spanning the period from the ancient world to the 21st century. The programme also provides students with grounding in the methods and approaches associated with the study of the history of thought developed over the past quarter'century in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.

Course Modules

Core module: Method and practice in the history of political thought and intellectual history; optional modules may include: theories of the early'modern state: Machiavelli, More, Hobbes, Locke; nationalism, patriotism and cosmopolitanism in political thought, 19th'20th centuries; democracy, ancient and modern; Adam Smith and the state; from Hume to Darwin: God, man and nature in European thought; political thought in Renaissance Europe; selfhood, sensibility and the politics of difference in the European enlightenment; paradoxes of enlightenment; Latin America in global intellectual history; ideology and propaganda in the Roman republic; in the shadow of the French revolution: political thought 1790'1890; the public sphere in Britain, 1476'1800; theories of empire: from enlightenment to liberalism; enlightenment and revolution: political ideas in the British Isles, 1688'1800; signs, mind, and society: early modern theories of language; visions of capitalism; crisis and future in nineteenth'century European thought; languages of politics: Italy 1250'1500.

Course Additional Entry

Students with relevant degree qualifications within the broad field of the humanities are welcome to apply. The programme encourages applications from students who have developed an interest in any aspect of the history of political thought, intellectual history, or the history of philosophy. Normally, the requirement is a first degree with 1st or upper 2nd class Honours, or the equivalent in history, politics, law, philosophy, modern languages and literatures, or a cognate discipline.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,250  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,755  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,650  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time
MA (Postgraduate) £4,400  Academic year. First year home fees