Global Social and Political Thought (MLitt) 2020 entry
On the MLitt in Global Social and Political Thought you will explore the history and influence of social and political ideas. You will develop an interdisciplinary understanding of global thought traditions as well as learn applied skills in comparative analysis and cultural evaluation.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Letters (MLitt).
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
One year full-time; part-time study is not currently offered.
- A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- The MLitt in Global Social and Political Thought welcomes applicants from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including, but not limited to:
- cultural studies
- international relations
- media studies
- English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £9,450
Applications should be submitted as early as possible and no later than 12 August 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- A CV or résumé. This should include your personal details with a history of your education and employment to date.
- A personal statement explaining:
- why you have applied for this course
- how it relates to your personal or professional ambitions
- how your academic and professional background show you have the skills needed to work effectively at postgraduate level.
- Two original signed academic references on headed paper.
- Academic transcripts and degree certificates.
- Evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of modules offered at St Andrews, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
Each semester is organised around compulsory modules exploring the history and influence of social and political ideas
- Global Concepts: provides a broad-based study of political thought and argument from ancient times to the present; it looks at the ancient and modern traditions associated with major states and empires as well as the influence of world religions on political concepts.
- Global Politics: explores the origins of current controversies in politics - such as the nature of the state and its law, justice and property, gender, toleration and persecution, activism and the environment, and trade and peace.
- Global Theory: examines philosophies that have had and continue to have a global impact - ranging from many of the great international religions, to philosophies ancient and modern, including Aristotelianism, Machiavellianism, Marxism, Liberalism, Populism, Orientalism and Wahhabism.
- Special Topic: allow students to explore a specific topic in depth and develop research and analytical skills needed for the end of degree project.
The final module of the MLitt is the research project. The project takes the form of a period of supervised research where you will explore a global thought topic in depth. The project is an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to plan and manage research work and to apply appropriate research techniques. It therefore provides excellent preparation for careers requiring research skills, whether in academia or other contexts.
You can choose to present your research project as:
- A written dissertation that emphasises your ability to plan and execute academically rigorous research, or
- A multi-media portfolio that emphasises your ability to present global thought concepts in exciting and engaging ways.
If students choose not to complete the project requirement for the MLitt, there are exit awards available that allow suitably qualified candidates to receive a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma. By choosing an exit award, you will finish your degree at the end of the second semester of study and receive a PG Cert or PGDip instead of an MLitt.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.