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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

This MA is an intercollegiate University of London programme, jointly administered by University College London and Queen Mary University of London. The MA 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 and 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 Twenty-First Century. Studying the history of political thought is relevant to understanding the political change in the world today. The programme is administered from Queen Mary, so you register as a Queen Mary student. Once you complete the programme, your degree will be a joint University of London-UCL MA.

Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability. Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life. Modules are assessed by coursework, examination.

Our masters programmes aim to produce highly skilled, intellectually rigorous graduates. Whether you decide to pursue a career or further study, we will give you the skills required to flourish. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, working in research or policy in government or the private sector. Others work in areas including education, publishing, journalism, museums, law and finance. A significant proportion go on to PhDs in history or related subjects, and have been successful in attracting funding for these projects either at Queen Mary or other universities.

Different course options

Full time | Mile End | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The core course is convened each year by one of the MA programme directors, but several members of the MA's academic staff also make additional specialist contributions throughout the year. Specific topics and figures covered by the core course include: hermeneutics, ideology critique, the contextualist method in intellectual history, natural law, enlightenment, socialism, Aristotle, Hobbes, Marx, Nietzsche.
Dissertation (60 Credits)

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 an upper second class first degree within the broad field of the humanities (or overseas equivalent). Applications from students who have developed an interest in any aspect of the history of political thought, intellectual history, or the history of philosophy are welcomed.