This MA is an inter-collegiate programme, which draws on the expertise of academic staff in the fields of the history of political thought and intellectual history from across the Colleges and Institutes of the University of London. The MA Course as a whole 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 twentyfirst century. It also provides students with essential grounding in the various methods and approaches associated with the study of the history of thought developed over the past quarter-century in Europe and the United States. Taught jointly between Queen Mary, Birkbeck, The Institute of Historical Research, King’s, LSE, Royal Holloway, UCL, University of London. Course contentThe MA consists of the core course Method and Practice in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History, three course units chosen from the list of one-course units and half-course units below, and an individually supervised dissertation. Part-time students take the core course and one course unit in the first year and two course units and dissertation in the second year.
Option courses may include (subject to
Thought and Action in Aristotle’s Political Theory (half)
Ideology and Propaganda in the Roman Republic (one)
Democracy: Ancient and Modern (half)
Psychology, Ethics and Politics in the late Renaissance (one)
The Theory and Practice of Golden Age Kingship (one)
Hobbes and the English Revolution (one)
Infamous Writings: Controversies and Receptions in the History of Political Thought in Early Modern Europe’ (half)
Political Thought in the British Atlantic World, c. 1660–1801(half)
Republicanism and Liberalism: Historical and Analytical Perspectives (half)
The Historian and the Concept of Time (one)
Republicanism in Nineteenth-Century French Thought (half)
Political Thought on Nationalism and Cosmopolitanism since the French Revolution (half).AssessmentCourses are assessed by coursework and students are expected to complete four course units of coursework and a dissertation by the end of the programme of study.Entry requirementsAn upper-second class first degree within the broad field of the Humanities (or overseas equivalent). We actively encourage applications from students who have developed an interest in any aspect of the history of political thought, intellectual history, or the history of philosophy. Students whose first language is not English will be required to achieve at least 7.5 in IELTS language tests. Mature students are encouraged to apply.