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History of Political Thought and Intellectual History MA

History of Political Thought and Intellectual History MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Economic / Political History Political Philosophies

Course type


Course Summary

Our MA provides advanced training in intellectual history, the history of political thought and the history of philosophy, spanning the period from the ancient world to the 21st century.

  • Benefit from the expertise of outstanding academics across London in this joint intercollegiate programme
  • Create a bespoke, specialist degree that follows your intellectual interests
  • Learn from distinguished staff who are world-leading scholars
  • Option to learn a modern European language or Latin
  • Access to outstanding research facilities across the University of London’s institutions


  • Our new Graduate Centre: purpose-built study spaces and a roof-top common room with a terrace
  • Fortnightly research seminars at the Institute of Historical Research
  • Access to Queen Mary's libraries on all our campuses
  • Access to the University of London’s outstanding research facilities and collections
  • Access to a wide range of online resources (including journals, books, databases and media)

Career paths

Many of our graduates have done or are currently doing PhDs or are in academia– both in London and at a variety of other institutions from Oxford and Cambridge to Berkeley and Yale. These include:

  • Dr Signy Gutnick Allen, LSE Fellow in Political Theory and former Associate Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of York
  • Dr Paul Sagar, Lecturer in Political Theory, King’s College London

Students have also gone on to work:

  • at the BBC
  • in publishing, at prestigious academic presses like Polity Press
  • as political advisers in Westminster, the European Parliament, and on
  • congressional campaigns in the US
  • at NGOs like Global Witness
  • as researchers
  • in finance
  • in teaching.

Different course options

Full time | Mile End | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This course provides an essential grounding in modern intellectual history and political thought. It introduces students to the most important kinds of methodology practised in the field of intellectual history since the nineteenth century, and some of the most influential thinkers and themes in the history of political thought since antiquity. It is divided into two parts, corresponding to semesters one and two respectively. The first part covers a variety of key philosophical, historical, political and sociological theorists whose work has inspired a range of approaches in the history of ideas in Anglo-American and European scholarship. The second part involves in-depth exploration of the thought of a selection of major authors and thematic concerns in the history of European political thought, considering them in the light of the different methodologies surveyed in the first part.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in a Humanities subject.