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.

Module Information

Research Methods 1 Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches

This module is designed to equip students with theoretical, conceptual and practical research skills at an advanced level of study. The module will examine typical sociological, political science and psychological research questions in relation to the methodologies used to answer them. Students will explore the epistemological issues surrounding quantitative and qualitative approaches and the ways in which these considerations produce different types of knowledges which will be examined in the context of their theoretical traditions. The module will cover introductory methods training in tools such as ethnography, narrative, statistical and discourse analytical methods. Students will use SPSS and NVivo in the physical application of these analysis approaches. This model enhanced autonomous skill development and fosters the ability of students to make professional academic judgments about the application of research methods to their specific research question.

Research Methods 2 Advanced Research Methodology

Research Methods 2: Advanced Research Methodology aims to provide detailed and in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of: advanced quantitative and qualitative theoretical approaches to social research. Advanced research design, data collection, and data analysis tools within the social, psychological and political sciences will be the main focus. The module is designed to allow students to develop their MSc dissertation proposal by focusing on hypothesis and research question development, methodological issues, literature review, structural and content concerns, and the overall management of a larger piece of research in social sciences.

Advanced Principles of International Relations

This module will introduce students to key schools of thought, overarching concepts and definitions from within Politics and International Relations, and their practical application in international affairs. We will utilise theories and analytical frameworks which best aid our understanding of the concepts which are central to our discipline. Bringing together different topics such as climate change, populism and racism, and discussing these in light of leading theories within Politics and International Relations, the module will demonstrate how theories help to understand complex phenomena and therefore provide an analytical frame within the study of Politics and International Relations.

Critical Issues in Politics and International Relations: Shifting Perspectives

The aim of this module is to engage with contemporary political topics and discuss and analyse these through the lenses of different methodological approaches used in Politics and International Relations. Looking at a variety of contemporary debates in Politics and International Relations (for example, migration, minority rights, war and conflict, peace-building, morality and politics, political leadership), students will engage in discussions on the relevance of these themes for contemporary debates in the media and daily politics. The module engages in a multi-disciplinary approach, and brings together different perspectives and scholarship in Politics and IR.

Advanced Marxism (Specialised Module 1)

The module aims to provide students with a knowledge of key advanced debates in the study of Marxism, drawing on philosophy, political theory and the history of political thought. Starting with a discussion on the works of Karl Marx and his link to Marxism as a theory, the module discusses Marxist writing in light of wider (contemporary) debates, such as Marxism and Justice, and Marxism and Ecological concerns.

Radical Political Thought (Specialised Module 2)

The module aims to address a range of crucial political and philosophical themes and issues at the heart of contemporary radical political thought, including Marxism/post-Marxism and Anarchism/post-Anarchism. As such, the module draws on the discipline areas of political philosophy, and positive political theory as established in the study of Political Theory and International Relations. Attention will be given to the problem of economic determinism, the issues of ideology, revolutionary morality, strategy, democracy and ‘emancipatory knowledge’. Key thinkers to be explored include Althusser, Laclau and Mouffe, Geras, Badiou, and Žižek.

Dissertation

Students are required to complete a 18,000 word dissertation. The subject of the dissertation is chosen by the students, and they will be supported by a member of staff who will act as their supervisor throughout the writing process. The aim of the dissertation is for the student to apply their knowledge gained in the specialised modules to a specific topic, and demonstrate that they can apply the methodological debates from Research Methods 1 and 2 to a larger piece of individual research in social science.

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.

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.

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. 

I am Nigerian, with a background in English Literature and journalism. I have always worked in the Engineering sector as a business developer. I studied an MSc in International Relations with a Security focus at Canterbury Christ Church University, and completed my degree in 2019. The MSc served as a stepping stone for my career and opened me up to more diverse intercultural settings and helped with my critical thought. I currently work in an International aviation charity MAF where they have offices in over 20 countries and a fleet of over 140 planes. My current role is International Recruitment Officer with a focus on attraction, sourcing, and Talent acquisition. I manage all phases of full cycle recruiting, from initial sourcing and screening through offer negotiations, placement and on boarding.

Kemi Akinjare, MSc in International Relations, 2018/19

I chose to study an MSc degree in International Relations with a Security Studies Specialism at Canterbury Christ Church University for various reasons: it’s innovative teaching methods, the excellent research skills it provides, and the dedication and enthusiasm of its lecturers. After completing a first-class thesis with the support and guidance of the academic staff at the Politics and International Relations office, I gained a place on the school’s PhD programme. In addition to my formal studies, in October of 2019, I was lucky to be accepted onto the GenerationUK programme run by the British Council. This programme allowed me to intern in China, Shenzhen, for two months at an Organisation called Captivating International whose main aim is to end poverty for women and girls in Western China. A month after coming back from China, I was employed by Migrant Help as a Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Advisor, part of the government’s Scheme which aims to resettle vulnerable Syrian refugees.

I work closely with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), and the Home Office to resettle Syrian Refugees presently in Lebanon and Jordan into the UK.  I believe these opportunities would have been difficult to achieve if it was not for the support and excellent teaching, I received during my time at CCCU. My modules were structured in such a way that they were able to equip and guide my career choices. The staff provide an amazing support network. I urge prospective students that are hoping to join CCCU to take every opportunity and challenge that comes their way. Do not be afraid by setbacks, enjoy and gain as much experience as you can.

Kumba Kruballye, MSc in International Relations, 2018/19

I enrolled on the full-time masters course in European Politics (MSc) in September 2018, and graduated in January 2020 with a distinction. Prior to my enrolment on the course I completed my undergraduate degree in Politics at CCCU. I decided to apply for a masters in European Politics as during my undergraduate degree I developed a keen interest in this subject area. My undergraduate dissertation focussed on the Eurozone and the performance of the Euro as a single currency, I thoroughly enjoyed researching policy within the European Union and I wanted to further develop my academic skills as well as my knowledge base by continuing my study in this area. The course enabled me to rigorously engage with topics through a variation of assessments such as extended essays, simulations and blog posts. I am currently working as an administrator at the University for post-graduate programmes, covering Psychology, Politics and Sociology as well as Human and Life Sciences. I plan to study for a PhD in the near future, focusing on European policy integration.

Fennel Wellings, MSc in European Politics, 2018/19

After completion of a bachelor's degree in English and French language, I pursued further studies in the Master's degree programme 'European Politics with Diplomacy Specialism' at the CCCU (year of graduation, 2017). It was an opportunity to develop myself beyond my engeneering skills as well as to study, interact and share knowledge with world renowned experts in politics. One of the many benefits of studying in the UK was the language itself. Currently, I am developing a career in the field of diplomacy as an officer at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.

Lucia Bačová, MSc in European Politics, 2016/17

I embarked upon my academic journey at Canterbury Christ Church University in September 2013 pursuing the esteemed BSc Policing (Hons) programme. The fundamental reasons for undertaking this degree were to fill an academic void in my education, to enhance my career prospects and as a result of being told that I was incapable of doing it. Being awarded the most developed student on the programme on achieving this qualification served to bolster my yearning to further my studies. I developed an appetite for acquiring more knowledge and a better understanding of the role of power and influence.  I had a burning desire to understand how the international political stage plays out, including factors alluding to decisions taken on the world stage.  This drove me to the next phase of my academic development.

In 2017 I found my academic niche in the MSc International Relations with specialism in Security Studies. Embarking upon this programme with the aim of injecting my policing experience and previous studies has been tremendous. However, this qualification has not been achieved without its challenges. As a family man, fulltime worker and a carer, some perseverance was required. Furthermore, with all my commitments, as during my undergraduate programme, I could only study part-time, earning a respectable Merit in two years and graduating in January 2020. Nevertheless, the expert management of the programme coupled with an excellent support system did not only make it possible but enjoyable as well. This MSc programme has widened the scope of my policing career and the future is very promising.

Culbert Garraway, MSc International Relations (Security Studies), 2018/19

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  £7,970 £13,000
Part-time  £3,985  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 £11,222 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2020. 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 2020

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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