The beginning of the twenty-first century has witnessed a dramatic transformation of the global political landscape, with rapidly shifting regime change and new types of political actor transcending national borders.
This programme will provide you with a firm grounding in political analysis and a critical insight into the real politics behind the headlines. You will build a portfolio of in-depth study of many of the defining events and dynamics of modern society, across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, providing an understanding of the world that will prove invaluable in either further academic study or a range of professional careers.
Drawing on the unique range of country and conceptual expertise in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), you will be able to tailor your module selection to suit your interests, needs and career plans.
We aim to provide you with an intellectually rigorous and exciting environment in which to study, and an array of academic topics in which we possess expertise.
The Centre for Democratic Engagement (CDE) is the main research group linked to the MA in Politics. Academics in the CDE specialise in political engagement and democratic participation. The group aims to analyse and theorise changing forms of engagement in an unstable and unpredictable political environment. It encompasses a wealth of academic backgrounds and methodological approaches including staff with backgrounds in British politics, political theory, political economy and quantitative research methods.
Research within the Centre currently focuses on three key areas: the changing landscape of British politics in the aftermath of Brexit; the emotional, affective and symbolic dimensions of democratic engagement; and the politics of knowledge. The CDE also aims to promote dialogue between academics and practitioners, in order to facilitate greater understanding of formal and informal types of engagement. The research of members of the CDE is accessible through the optional modules, and, in addition, the School has a thriving research seminar series where staff and postgraduate researchers present papers from their own work.
All students on all our degree schemes, including international students, have access to hundreds of volunteering opportunities through the Leeds for Life scheme. In addition, our dedicated careers team and in-School employability champions can work with you to attain work experience opportunities during and after your course.