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Critical Theory and Politics, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #96 (QS) Nottingham, United Kingdom
Gain a thorough understanding of the close connections between critical theory and key contemporary political and social theories by taking the Critical Theory and Politics programme offered at the University of Nottingham. 
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Overview

Critical Theory is an immensely rich field of intellectual endeavour that has emerged from a continuous dialogue with theories of both society and politics.

This innovative Critical Theory and Politics programme offered at the University of Nottingham enables you to engage with this dialogue and its relevance to contemporary phenomena.

You will be equipped with an advanced knowledge of the most significant developments in the tradition of critique and contemporary political thought.

Teaching staff from the Department of Culture, Film and Media, the School of Politics and International Relations, and other participating schools offer expertise in areas such as social and political theory, international relations, philosophy and cultural studies.

Key facts

  • The department of Culture, Film and Media is one of the largest postgraduate operations within the Arts Faculty, with a population of 40 students in any one year, and providing a vibrant intellectual environment in an organised and informal way
  • The department also benefits from the input and close collaboration of the Centre for Critical Theory, the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice, as well as staff from the Centre for Post-Conflict Cultures, the Institute for Comparative Cultural Studies, the Institute for Middle Eastern Studies and other departments within the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies and in the Faculties of Arts, and Social Sciences
  • The department is strongly international and offers excellent opportunities for staff, postgraduate students and undergraduate students to benefit from its wide range of international collaborative arrangements
  • The School of Politics and International Relations was rated 24/24 for its teaching by the Quality Assurance Agency and ranked in the top ten of UK departments in the most recent Guardian Education guide

Careers and professional development

The postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers following their time in the school.

Conducting postgraduate work fosters many vital skills and may give you a head start in the job market. Studying at this level allows you to develop qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to employment in a wide range of different fields.

This course provides the theoretical training required if you wish to pursue an academic career or progress to a research degree in the humanities or social sciences.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Aesthetics and Politics
  • Tradition of Critique 
  • Theory at Work: Problematising the Present
  • Cultures, Languages and Area Studies Dissertation
  • International Political Economy
  • Terrorism and Insurgencies
  • Justice Beyond Borders
  • Toleration and Censorship

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • 2:1 (or international equivalent)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19170 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19170 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8010 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8010 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Nottingham

  • 583 - 980 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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