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MAGlobal Justice

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Debates surrounding global justice have recently moved to the centre of both political theory and political practice.

The moral and practical questions it raises are some of the most pressing issues facing humanity. They have to be confronted. And Sheffield is leading the debate.

On this course you’ll be encouraged to question your beliefs and intellectual assumptions surrounding topics of global justice such as human rights, justice war theory, global distributive justice, abject poverty, global health and environmental justice.

The course is closely aligned to the activities of the Centre for Political Theory and Global Justice, and students will benefit from seminars, workshops and the annual Warrander Lecture that are run through the centre.

We’ll give you training in research methods. You’ll use those skills to research and write a dissertation on an aspect of global justice that you’re passionate about.

Programme structure

Core modules

Global Justice
Dissertation in Global Justice

Plus one of the following modules:
Human Rights
Political Thought and the Rights of War and Peace
Global Politics of the Environment and Climate Change
Wars, New Wars and the Liberal State
Research Methods in Politics
Philosophy and Methodology of Political Research

Optional modules

Two from the following:
The Political Economy of Globalisation
The Politics of International Law
Contemporary Ethnic Conflict
The Politics of Global Migration


All taught modules (not the dissertation) are taught in seminars.


You’ll be assessed continuously through essays.

To complete the MA successfully you must earn a total of 180 credits. Most core and optional modules count for 30 credits each. Your dissertation, produced over the summer after the taught element, counts for 60 credits.

For the module assessments and the dissertation, you’ll need a mark of 50 per cent or above. If you don’t complete the dissertation, achieving 120 credits in taught modules will get you a Graduate Diploma.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States