School of Social and Political Science

MSc International Political Theory

Find out more

Introduction

As part of the University-wide response to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the University did not offer this programme for entry in 2021. Applications for the next intake usually open in October.

Examine the rights and wrongs of international affairs and their global and economic consequences.

This programme aims to equip students with the intellectual skills to analyse contemporary international affairs from a philosophically informed perspective, with a particular focus on their ethical dimensions.

In the new and rapidly expanding field of international political theory, issues that relate to justice, rights, political obligation and forms of government have grown beyond their nation-state context, and now need to be examined in light of increasing global integration.

This political philosophy programme looks at these international issues with a particular focus on their ethical dimensions, examining the rights and wrongs of international affairs and their global political and economic consequences.

Aims

As well as delving into the history of political thought, you’ll be examining the issues of today, with particular emphasis on normative political theory, learning to analyse contemporary international affairs from a philosophically informed perspective.

Students who follow this programme will be able to:

  • extend and further develop their understanding of the main concepts and methods of political theory
  • understand how concepts of justice, rights and democracy apply in international and global contexts
  • assess critically how existing transnational institutions meet, or fail to meet, appropriate normative standards
  • apply analytical, critical and philosophical methods to the study of empirical problems in the field of international politics
Structure

Teaching will be by lectures, seminars, group work and guided independent study.

You will complete two compulsory courses and four option courses, after which you will work towards an independently researched dissertation.

With the agreement of the Programme Director, you may select option courses from elsewhere within the University.

 

Undergraduate contact

The School of Social and Political Science sits within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  All enquiries and applications relating to undergraduate admissions to the School are handled by our College. Please contact:

CAHSS Undergraduate Admissions
University of Edinburgh
57 George Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9JX

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565
Email: CAHSS.UGAdmissions@ed.ac.uk