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Political Science - Political Theory Pathway (Research Route)

The University of Manchester

12 months
22000 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Political Science - Political Theory Pathway (Research Route) course is offered at The University of Manchester.There has been a long tradition of specialising in the study of political theory at Manchester. 


Between them, those teaching on this pathway cover a wide variety of fields of interest: from the major debates in contemporary political philosophy (around topics of rights, justice and political morality).

Teaching and learning

Part-time students complete the The Political Science - Political Theory Pathway (Research Route) course at The University of Manchester over two years. There are no evening or weekend course units available on the part-time route.  

You must first check the schedule of the compulsory units and then select your optional units to suit your requirements.  

Updated timetable information will be available from mid-August and you will have the opportunity to discuss your unit choices during induction week with your course director.

Career opportunities

A number of our recent graduates have gone onto undertake a PhD in political theory. Others have gone into careers that require advanced research skills in areas such the civil service, think-tanks and the public, private and voluntary sectors.

As a School of Social Sciences postgraduate at Manchester, you will have access to a wide range of careers support tailored to your career or further study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dissertation Research Design
  • Political Theory Research Training Seminar
  • Debating Justice
  • Philosophy of Politics Research
  • Dissertation
  • Foundational and advanced perspectives on qualitative research
  • Governing in an Unjust World
  • Rhetoric in Politics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • UK 2:1 (Hons) degree (or international equivalent) in any subject.
  • Please supply your degree transcript with details of the courses you have taken and marks obtained (if available).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.

MA (part-time)

  • UK students (per annum): £6,250
  • International, including EU, students (per annum): £11,250

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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