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 from the Colleges and Institutes of the University as a whole in the fields of the history of political thought and intellectual history. The programme 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.
The MA also provides students with essential grounding in the various methods and approaches associated with the study of the history of thought that has developed over the past quarter-century in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. Members of staff are drawn from Departments of History, Law, Modern Languages and Literature, Philosophy, and Politics within the University of London.
The MA consists of the core module: Method and Practice in the History of Political Thought and Intellectual History, a selection of modules chosen from the below, and an individually supervised dissertation.
Below is a typical sample of modules that may be offered in a given year:
Democracy: Ancient and Modern, Richard Bourke (Queen Mary)
Ideology and Propaganda in the Roman Republic, Valentina Arena (UCL)
Political Thought in Renaissance Europe, Angus Gowland (UCL)
Early-modern Theories of the State, Quentin Skinner (QMUL)
Nationalism, Patriotism, and Cosmopolitanism in Political Thought, 19th-20th Centuries, George Varouxakis (QMUL)
Selfhood, Sensibility and the Politics of Difference in the European Enlightenment (c. 1660-1800), Adam Sutcliffe (KCL)
Crisis and Future in Nineteenth-Century European Thought, Axel Korner (UCL)
The Public Sphere in Britain, 1476-1800, Jason Peacey (UCL)
From Hume to Darwin: God, Man and Nature in European Thought, Niall O'Flaherty (KCL)
In The Shadow of the French REvolution: Political Thought 1790-1890, Gareth Stedman Jones (QMUL)
Theories of Empire: From Enlightenment to Liberalism, Maurizio Izabella (QMUL)
Modules are assessed by coursework, examination and a dissertation.
Students with relevant degree qualifications within the broad field of the Humanities are welcome to apply. We actively encourage applications from students who have developed an interest in any aspect of the history of political thought, intellectual history, or the history of philosophy. Normally, the requirement is a first degree with first or upper second class honours, or the equivalent in History, Politics, Law, Philosophy, Modern Languages and Literatures, or a cognate discipline. If English is not your first language, then this degree requires a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS or an equivalent qualification. Mature students are encouraged to apply.