Social and Political Thought

University of Sussex

M.A. On Campus
12 months
18500 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Social and Political Thought degree offered at University of Sussex brings together social theory, political theory and philosophy. You learn about the history of social and political thought, and study political and social movements. Our course covers both historical traditions and contemporary developments.


Our research strengths include:

  • social theory (especially Marxism, Hegel, hermeneutics and critical theory)
  • recent democratic, socialist and environmentalist thought and practice
  • the history of political, social and economic thought
  • the philosophy of social science and the sociology of knowledge
  • contemporary political philosophy
  • cosmopolitanism.

Why choose this course?

  • Philosophy at Sussex is ranked 5th in the UK
  • Study on a genuinely interdisciplinary course that bridges subject boundaries, and uses both empirical and normative analysis, while benefiting from our specialised knowledge of selected areas in contemporary thought and the major European historical tradition.
  • Take the opportunity to get involved with our in-house journal Studies in Social and Political Thought.


Social and Political Thought degree offered at University of Sussex graduates have gone on to have successful careers in:
  • law
  • the media
  • non-governmental organisations
  • government and administration
  • teaching.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Capitalism and its Critics
  • Hegel and Marx
  • Postcolonial and Decolonial Epistemologies
  • Religions, Cultures and Civilisations in International Relations
  • The Frankfurt School and Critical Theory
  • War, Terror, Violence and International Law
  • Women and the Political

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

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IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
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Other requirements

General requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. 

  • Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a humanities or social sciences subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year for full-time students


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Social and Political Thought
University of Sussex


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