The MPhil in Politics (Political Theory) is an advanced two-year (twenty-one months) postgraduate degree, which provides training in research techniques and methodology suitable for those who later wish to embark upon doctoral research and enables students to acquire substantive knowledge in this sub-area of the discipline.
The degree provides a range of educational experiences in a variety of learning environments to develop your written and oral communication skills as well as other technical skills. It will provide also you with a solid foundation for a wide range of careers, including academic, professional, commercial, diplomatic and governmental positions.
The MPhil thesis is a substantial piece of research presented in a 30,000 word thesis, which demonstrates a grasp of a particular sub-field, a set of design and methodological issues, and the ability to develop and sustain an independent line of argument. To give you an idea of the range of topics studied by MPhil candidates, below are some of the titles of recent successful MPhil theses:
Civil Disobedience; For Citizens Only?
Fraternity, Friendship and Love in Locke's Two Treatises of Government
Meditations on Violence and Liberation
Neoloberalism and the SAPping of Democracy: Structural adjustment, economic expertise, and the unfit public
On the Global Justice Responsibilities of Dominated States
Power, antagonism and the state: a critique of Chantal Mouffe's agonistic democracy
Restorative Justice as a Response to Human Rights Violations. Are Negotiations of Punishment Compatible with Human Rights?
The Ideal of Autonomy: Avoiding Individualism Through Recognitional Autonomy
Two Concepts of Autonomy: Exploring a Minimal Account
Why Choice-Sensitive Egalitarians Should be Desert-Sensitive, Not Responsibility-Sensitive
Courage: A Liberal Virtue Lost?
Democracy and the Liberal Organic State in the Political Theory of J. A. Hobson
Democracy or Deliberation: Jacques Rancière's Critique of Public Reason
Fichte's Concept of Right (Recht) as a Foundation for a Critical Theory of Justice?
Global Justice and Social Practices: A Relational Account of Global 'Right'
Global Justice, Democracy and Human Rughts: Towards a Habermasian Internationalism
Heidegger's notion of authentic world-disclosure as a solution to the structural problem alienation poses to Habermas's Theory of Communicative Action
Public Interest Obligations: Understanding Press Regulation through theories of Public Justification
Malign Markets: A Liberal Approach to the Moral LImits of Markets
The ethics of unmanned aerial vehicles in military warfare
The Liberalism of Fear and the Leviathan: Toleration and Limits of Sovereignty
The unpersuasive Socrates: On the Practice of Political Philosophy in Palot's Gorgias and Meno
Transformative Judging: Beyond Behaviour Change
Reasonably coercing the unreasonable? Investigating the challenge of unreasonable views to liberal political theory
A Critical Analysis of Corrective Justice
Culture and Choice: An Evaluation of Luck Egalitarian Approaches to Multiculturalism
The Legislator of the Classical Republican Tradition and its Bedevilling of Modern Republicanism
Fairness, Justice and International Trade Rules
A Liberal Ethics of Nation Building
Multiculturalism, Patriotism, and National Culture
Rescuing liberalism: Why William Galston’s account of liberalism based on a dual emphasis on virtue and pluralism proves philosophically sound and practically appealing
Isaiah Berlin, Pluralism, Liberalism and Truth
On Scepticism, Neutrality and the Social Contract
A Defence of Rawlsian Constructivism
H. M. Hyndman: Marxist Revolutionary – A Rereading and Reevaluation
Refugees as a Challenge to Political Theory
Freedom as an ‘Exercise Concept’
Immigration, Social Solidarity and Social Justice
Grounding Neutrality: The Normative Foundations of State Neutrality
Should the State cultivate Cheaper Tastes?
Creating a Constitutional People: Diversity, Democracy and Deliberation
Freedom in the Space of Equality: A Response to Certain Liberal Egalitarian Objections to Amartya Sen’s Capabilities Approach
Non-Majoritarian Democracy: Fairness, Lotteries and Equal Chances
Looking for Reasonable Agreement: A Comparison of the Place given to Pluralism in the Work of Mill, Hobhouse and Rawls
Democracy as Rational Choice: The Phenomenon of Pirate Compact