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

Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is a vibrant and innovative school within the Univeristy of Leeds where academic research informs and ignites our teaching.

We have over forty academics, and our department is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

Our open and friendly environment attracts people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Their diverse opinions and outlooks create an exciting environment for study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Undergraduate Students

Politics and International Studies is a unique department that brings together research and teaching in international, political and development studies.

We offer four degree courses for undergraduate students.

Our BA programmes are flexible. You can choose degree modules that cross discipline boundaries, and develop a degree structure that meets your interests and career aspirations.

All our lecturers are active researchers, and their expertise and understanding will inform and enlighten your study.

Postgraduate taught programmes

We offer taught MA degree programmes in the areas of Global Development, International Relations and Security, and Politics.

Postgraduate research programmes

We promote excellence in research in the core disciplines of politics and international studies, and we are particularly committed to promoting interdisciplinary research. 

In terms of defined interests, we can provide supervisory support across a wide range of specialisms and cross-cutting topics.

Postgraduate Scholarships

We have a number of scholarships available for UK/EU and international students wishing to pursue postgraduate study. Scholarships are available for both postgraduate taught and postgraduate research applicants.

Times Good University Guide 2019 Ranking 11
Guardian 2020 Ranking 11/121
Address University of Leeds, Social Sciences Building, Leeds, LS2 9JT View on Map
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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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