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POLIS is one of the largest academic departments in the field of politics and international studies in the UK, providing an exciting environment for study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Why consider Leeds
The School of Politics and International Studies at Leeds is a unique department in the UK, bringing together research and teaching in the areas of Security, Development and Democracy. Part of one of the Russell Group top twenty research led universities in the UK, the School has a thriving postgraduate community with over 200 students studying on postgraduate programmes, and over half of these coming from overseas. Staff will help you grapple with the important issues of the day with passion and intelligence, utilising the expertise gained through their research work.
Politics and International Studies at Leeds
The work of the School covers a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary subjects, areas and agendas within the fields of politics, international relations, international development and European studies. Much of our work is international in orientation and staff expertise covers Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, American foreign policy, the post-Soviet world, and South and South East Asia.
The School is home to four major research centres, specialising in Global Justice and Development; International Relations and Security; Leadership, Parties and Institutions; and Political Theory and Democratisation.
We offer taught MA programmes in the following areas:
We offer the MA Global Development as well as MA Global Development with specific named pathways in: Africa; Gender; Education; Politics of Interntional Resources; and International Political Economy.
We offer the MA Politics as well as 2 specific named MA Politics pathways in Political Theory and Parliamentary.
International Relations and Security:
In this area we offer 3 named MA Programmes:
MA Conflict, Development and Security
MA International Relations
MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency
We now also offer a unique, collaborative MA programme that allows you to study in both the UK and China: MA Public Administration
Research degrees at MPhil and PhD are also available within the areas covered by the School’s four major research centres. For more details see the School website.
Scholarships and bursaries
We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries. Scholarships are usually awarded on academic merit. Please contact us for more information.
The Graduate School
The Graduate School is here to provide support for all students studying in the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law.
We are here to help you navigate your way onto the right postgraduate path, and provide the support and facilities you need while you study. We aim to draw together the different nationalities, interests and expertise within the Faculty to make a vibrant community of researchers, academics and students.
International student entry
Both the School and the University have an abundance of experience admitting and successfully teaching students from countries around the world, and can provide expert guidance on admission requirements. Demonstrating our commitment to international students, Leeds has offices in several countries where applicants can obtain advice about the application process and pre-departure information. For the latest details go to www.leeds.ac.uk/international.
Excellent student support
With around 5,000 students from outside the UK studying at the University, student support services are excellent. With pre-departure briefings in many countries, meet-and-greet schemes at local stations and induction programmes on arrival, we do everything we can to help new students settle into university life. The University also provides a comprehensive range of welfare and support services to assist you during your time at Leeds.
If you are a single student from outside the European Union, the University will guarantee you a place in University accommodation, provided you return your accommodation application form and your deposit before the relevant deadlines. If you want accommodation for yourself and your partner or family, we do have some suitable accommodation, but places are limited. However, assistance can be provided via the Accommodation Office and Unipol Student Homes. For more information, visit www.leeds.ac.uk/accommodation.
Leeds has recently been voted the best value for money student city in the UK, and boasts a reputation as a student-friendly location. Whether you want to see theatre, galleries, restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes or stunning countryside close by, Leeds has got it all.
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This interdisciplinary programme addresses the convergence of security and development issues, and its implications for analysing the reconstruction of war-affected societies. Read more
This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies – with a focus on key contemporary debates about Africa's politics, culture, society and sustainable development. Read more
This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies – with a focus on education in development. Read more
This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies – with a focus on gender issues in development. Read more
This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies – with a specialist focus on how globalisation, international economic interdependence and the internationalisation of political structures and processes are changing politics globally. Read more
Our MA Global Governance and Diplomacy provides the expertise and skills required to pursue a fruitful career within an international organisation and their member states, or a non-governmental organisation operating within global politics. Read more
This programme will shape your understanding of global politics in the contemporary world by introducing you to a wide range of theories, approaches and stimulating debates surrounding international politics and relations. Read more
If you have a longstanding interest or connections in a particular political or international studies field, perhaps related to your professional occupation or other significant experience, then an MA by Research may be suitable for you. Read more
The MSc Political Science will allow you to apply theories, methods, techniques and concepts to a range of substantive problems, as well as developing analytical skills in key areas of political science research. Read more
Drawing on the School’s research strengths in international security and sub-state conflicts, this programme addresses the phenomena of terrorism and insurgency in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Read more