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:
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