Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This course offers advanced training in key issues and thinkers in contemporary political theory, from both Anglo'American and Continental perspectives. The Department's theory group has research and teaching interests in applied analytical political theory (with issues including immigration, citizenship and the politics of recognition), post'Nietzschean theories of identity and post'identity politics, democratic theory and pragmatist philosophy.

Course Modules

Core units: Political concepts; contemporary continental political theory; introduction to quantitative research methods in politics and international relations; introduction to qualitative methods in politics and international relations; foundations of contemporary political theory; research design in politics and international relations; dissertation (MSc only); elective course units: not all course units are available every year; China in the world; comparative political executives; culture and community; democracy and citizenship in Europe; democracy in comparative perspective; foreign policy of the European Union; human rights; identity, power and radical political theory; internet and new media politics; issues in United States foreign policy; media, war and conflict; the politics of ethnic multiculturalism; politics of forced migration; sovereignty, rights, and justice; theories of globalisation; Africa and international politics; biopolitics and security; political violence; transnational security and the law of targeting.

Course Additional Entry

UK upper second class Honours degree 2.1 or equivalent.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £14,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £6,550  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate)
1 year
Full Time
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