Social and Applied Sciences

MSc Politics (Radical Political Theory)

Year of entry

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

The world is a violent, unequal place, and social change is rapid.  ‘All that is solid melts into air’, as one famous philosopher remarked.

As global inequality marches on we are forced to confront the following question: ‘Is an alternative to the current global distribution of power and resources possible?’ We have seen the rise of left and right wing forms of populism as a response to processes of global change. But there may be other responses which we are yet to imagine.

The Politics programme will provide you with the critical research tools with which you can address these issues and questions. The specialism in Radical Political Theory will orient your thinking to the possibility of a new and alternative future – grounded in a firm knowledge of our shared past.

  • Do you have a passion for radical politics?
  • Are you interested in how political theory and philosophy relates to the practice of politics?
  • Can you imagine a world beyond the vastly unequal one we are presented with today?

Then this MSc is for you! The MSc in Politics (Radical Political Theory) at Canterbury Christ Church University is established upon a firm foundation of research-led teaching, innovative and blended learning methods, expertise-driven insights, as well as a clear commitment to guiding and supporting student development at the postgraduate level. The programme provides students with the opportunity to gain both comprehensive conceptual knowledge and an indispensable practical understanding of research and practice in the area of radical politics.

Offered both full and part-time, Canterbury Christ Church University’s innovative MSc in Politics (Radical Political Theory)  will help you tackle ‘big issues’ with confidence and curiosity, equipping you for career paths in local, national, and international arenas thanks to innovative modules and a thesis in an area that you are interested in.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

Established on a firm foundation of research-led teaching, this MSc programme enables you to develop a firm understanding of advanced research methodologies in politics, with a key focus on radical political theory. The programme will interrogate such key issues as:

  • Is capitalism the only viable economic system in the world today?
  • Are social hierarchies necessary to the reproduction of wealth and stability?
  • Are states necessary units of human organisation?
  • How does the current distribution of global power privilege men of a certain social class background?

These questions will be addressed through engagement with radical political theories (including de-colonial perspectives, feminism, anarchist, and post-anarchism),with a particular focus on Marxism.

As a ‘movement’ Marxism has been embedded in a range of political movements throughout the world. Moreover, Marxism’s impact on global politics – from Russia to China – has been enormous. In the West, the end of the Cold War seemed to mark the end of the project of Marxism. More recently – following the global financial crisis of 2008 – Marxism has again become a subject of academic and political interest. The programme will explore key historical and contemporary debates in Marxism scholarship – including theories of ideology, of global political economy and of historical development. You will also have an opportunity to analyse politics in general and radical political theory in particular in all its complexity.

Modules are comprised of formal lectures on key themes of Politics and Radical Political Theory, and interactive seminars which use a robust range of teaching and learning styles to deconstruct this complex and fast changing subject area. Students are encouraged to produce work in the form of briefing notes, blogs and pieces of advocacy, all focusing on contemporary challenges in the political arena. This will ensure students completing the MSc in Politics (Radical Political Theory) graduate with an advanced knowledge of their chosen area through the most contemporary academic styles. 

You will study a number of core modules, which provide a comprehensive foundation for the pathway as a whole. The modules are taught to all graduate students within the Politics/International Relations programmes, introducing you to basic concepts, working approaches, research methodologies and current political dilemmas that help link the scholarly subject matter of International Relations, Politics and European Politics to real-world issues.

  • Research Methods 1, and Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives (Autumn term)
  • Research Methods 2, and Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations (Spring term)
  • The MSc Dissertation (Spring and Summer terms)

All of these graduate modules have been carefully and methodically laid out in a clear and comprehensive fashion, to prepare you in the most thorough and engaging way possible both to manage your accompanying specialism modules, and to then undertake the graduate dissertation that completes the totality of the degree pathway.

Designed in a thoroughly interdisciplinary manner with colleagues from across the School of Psychology, Politics, and Sociology, the two Research Methods modules are specially designed to introduce graduate students to the fundaments of graduate study, and the subject-specific background and research requirements appropriate for International Relations, Politics, Radical Political Thought, and European Politics.

The working practices and methods laid out in the two Research Methods modules provide students with the historical and theoretical foundations of the study of politics and society, and then move on to examine the full range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, including analytical, methodological and writing skills. The objectives of these two core courses are reinforced in the two associated core modules: Critical Issues: Shifting Perspectives, and Advanced Research in Politics and International Relations, in which students gain a truly interdisciplinary understanding of both International Relations, and the security specialism of their degree. Both these core modules are multi­disciplinary in their construction, allowing students to gain a genuinely multi-dimensional perspective of the classic theories, and contemporary thought that comprise the world of politics, and the particular challenges of their specialism.

Attention is paid to developing transferrable skills in all five of these core modules, generating a variety of viable research skills and techniques, a range of written outputs, and increasing confidence in giving oral presentations. From this foundation of 80 credits, you then take another 40 credits of taught modules, deepening your political theory specialism, and further preparing you for your selected dissertation topic.

You will also study two pathway specific modules:

Radical Political Thought addresses historical and contemporary developments in radical political thought. There will be a focus on specific ideologies and developments – including anarchism, post-anarchism, Marxism, post-Marxism, de-colonisation, and radical feminist thought. The focus will be on repurposing radical political thought for the twenty-first century.  

Marxism: Advanced Debates will explore key historical and contemporary debates in Marxism scholarship – including the theory of ideology, of global political economy and of historical development. This module be taught by a range of world leading Marxism scholars. It is led by Professor David Bates, the co-ordinator of the UK Political Studies Association Marxism Specialist Group, who has published extensively on this topic. It will also engage expertise from academic scholars of Marxism across the globe, including scholars in China.  Indeed, the module content is designed in such a way as to engage UK and Chinese Marxism students and scholars alike.

The dissertation is the culmination of the postgraduate learning experience in Radical Political Theory, drawing upon the wide range of intellectual skills developed throughout the degree pathway, and providing an opportunity for you to undertake extended independent work, display individual thought, and take responsibility for the management of your own learning.

An MSc in Politics (Radical Political Theory) will provide you with a wide knowledge base, allowing you to command both the organising principles and nuanced specifics of research and practice in contemporary politics. 

This innovative and relevant degree will equip you with a refined understanding of politics as a whole, as well as the role and application of your Radical Political Theory specialism.

In order to complete this demanding degree, you will develop your ability to thoroughly and expertly use a wide range of sources and forms of information to critically assess contemporary politics, its various distributions of power and influence, and forms of authority and governance.

Throughout the year, you will be provided with curriculum based expertise informed by the research activities and policy specialisms of the staff. This promotes a depth of intellectual inquiry and a practical quality to the debate amongst other students within and beyond the classroom, which you will subsequently convert into concise and clearheaded thinking in future roles. You will also emerge with the tools to operate in a culturally and socially sensitive learning and working environment.

Further transferable graduate skills obtained include comparative, analytical, research and writing based tools facilitated by the curriculum requirements, as well as the opportunities to fine­-tune skills in oral presentation, group work and sustained individual research.

The MSc in Politics (Radical Political Theory) programme utilises a wide range of innovative teaching and learning methods, including:

  • Interactive lectures
  • Practical classes
  • Workshops
  • Virtual learning environments
  • Seminars
  • Simulation games
  • Problem based learning group work

Tutorials with supervisors, where graduate students will study in an informative, engaging, stimulating and participative environment.

The MSc in Politics (Radical Political Theory) will assist you in developing a range of communication skills, helping you to then tackle the disciplinary content of your pathway, develop your confidence in the advanced management of a wide range of information (i.e. comprehension, analysis, description, critical thinking) and improve your overall range of understanding and knowledge.

Modules themselves, both core and specialism, comprise formal presentations by core and guest lecturers, with a wide range of interactive Q&A, individual presentations, group­ work, simulation games and workshop methods designed to allow students to get the very most out of each weekly session.

In­-course contact hours are supplemented by a wide range of module ­based support on the Blackboard VLE used by CCCU, which will allow you to engage in blended learning beyond the classroom, whilst still receiving support and direction by your module convenors. Weekly office hours are offered by all course moderators, while individual support from module convenors, thesis supervisors and university support staff ensures students receive support at all phases of their graduate development.

Graduate modules are generally four hours in duration per week, with three modules offered each semester. Taught modules (both core and specialist) are offered during Autumn and Spring terms, for a duration of 12 weeks, comprising an average of 50 teaching hours, and 200 hours of independent student learning (e.g. 4 hours of independent preparation for each hour in the classroom).

Students can also expect to have assessment returned, with thorough, relevant and personalized feedback within a maximum of three weeks of submission, via the Blackboard VLE. Subsequent discussions are then encouraged in order to ensure a positive trajectory in terms of student performance, within and across the core and specialist modules.

Core and specialist lectures and seminars are delivered by Politics/IR staff; Guest lecturers are drawn in from other departments and faculties across the university; Doctoral students are occasionally invited to share their perspective on their research.

The vast majority of teaching on all three of our graduate pathways is provided by our fully ­accredited and full­ time Politics/IR staff.

Students of the MSc in Politics (Radical Political Theory) will be assessed through a range of methods, including essays, briefing notes, book reviews, portfolios, individual and group oral presentations, action research, political role play, simulations, standard examinations, as well as a sustained piece of academic work in the form of a thesis, all of which take account of two key interdependent aspects:

  • The acquisition of relevant knowledge and understanding in the area of Politics
  • The development of academic style and practical skills in the area of Politics with a Radical Political Theory focus

Accordingly, assessment procedures are designed to test the acquisition and needs of graduate students in terms of their newly attainment and management of broad areas of knowledge and understanding in their chosen subject area, as well as the various transferrable skills by which that knowledge is acquired.

Fees

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time  £7,700 £12,420
Part-time  £3,850  N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £10,906 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can  email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948.

Read more about  postgraduate masters student loans.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Our standard offer for accepting students onto the MSc in Politics is a 2:2, preferably in directly relatable subjects within the social and political sciences, although cognate subjects including history, law, comparative studies, or the broader range of sociology and psychology, and English will also be considered providing undergraduate marks obtained are robust enough. This is in addition to two letters of recommendation, and a brief personal statement outlining interest and areas of specialism being considered, as well as a complete CV.

The University has a well-established Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) structure in operation. Students without previous qualifications may be accepted as part of this process. If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate please contact us directly: ppspostgraduate@canterbury.ac.uk

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MSc In Politics (Radical Political Theory) apply
Canterbury 1 year full-time September 2020
MSc In Politics (Radical Political Theory) apply
Canterbury 2 years part-time September 2020

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

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UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • Our standard offer for accepting students onto the MSc in Politics is a 2:2 or above, preferably in directly relatable subjects within the social and political sciences, including previous study in the area of politics, although cognate subjects including history, law, comparative studies, or the broader range of sociology and psychology will also be considered providing undergraduate marks obtained are robust enough.

    This is in addition to two letters of recommendation, and a brief personal statement outlining interest and areas of specialism being considered, as well as a complete CV.

    If you are unsure whether your qualifications are appropriate please contact us directly: ppspostgraduate@canterbury.ac.uk.

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