School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds
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School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds

The School of Politics and International Studies is a vibrant and innovative school where academic research informs and ignites our teaching. With over forty academics, our department is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

As a student within the School of Politics and International Studies, you will join a community of experts who are as passionate about your subject as you are. Our academics will challenge you and encourage you to explore, question and discover at every stage of your studies.

Our learning and teaching approach will allow you to succeed whilst offering you a range of opportunities to broaden your studies according to your interests and aspirations. Throughout your time with us, you will also be able to take advantage of our excellent study facilities, personal development opportunities, professional support and more.

You'll develop transferable skills such as critical thinking, team working and project management, as well as advanced research skills through your dissertation or final project. You'll also have access to ongoing career and development support.

Our graduates have gone on to have careers in politics, the Civil Service, the media, non-governmental organisations and international organisations such as the UN and World Bank, as well as roles in the private sector. Recent destinations have included roles in Parliament as well as public relations, teaching, management, and research and development positions.

Undergraduate programmes

An undergraduate degree from the School of Politics and International Studies offers you the best possible start to your career, providing you with valuable knowledge, skills and experience that will set you up for a successful future.

At undergraduate level, we specialise in the study of politics, international studies and international development, exploring real-world challenges which influence lives across the globe.

Our programmes are flexible, meaning you can choose degree modules that cross discipline boundaries and meet your interests and career aspirations. Our aim is to help you become a top class graduate — able to make a difference in society — having had an excellent student experience.

Discover our undergraduate programmes.

Times Good University Guide 2022 Ranking 15
Guardian 2022 Ranking 16/121
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  • Michael Siebert

    MA Global Development and International Political Economy

    I wanted my chosen course to be flexible enough to merge all my interests; from the dynamics of poverty to power relations in development. The Leeds syllabus seemed to offer everything whilst letting me chose from the broad range of topics to specialise, and the course has definitely surpassed my expectations.

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  • Lucky Niko

    MA International Relations

    The University of Leeds is the place to be for those looking for a once in a lifetime adventure!

    The staff are very friendly and approachable and will always do their best to assist you should you ask for help.

    The University also has state of the art facilities and I especially love the wide access to journal articles that the University offers - it comes in very handy when writing essays!

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