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Webinar: PhD scholarships for applicants from UK Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities

Join us on Wednesday 19 January or Tuesday 15 February and find out more about our new doctoral scholarship initiative in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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Our school vision

Structures of power and responsibility are key to addressing the global challenges we face. We research and study in order to make a difference in the politics of global challenges.

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Research and expertise

Our experts advise governments, provide commentary to the media, work with non-governmental organisations and engage with communities around the world.

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Talk to an international student

Link to Leeds gives international students the opportunity to talk directly to some of our current international students.

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School of Politics and International Studies

The School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is a vibrant school where academic research informs and ignites our teaching. We provide the academic tuition and theoretical training to explore the current challenges of our global society.

Studying with us

Find your bachelor programme in international development, international relations, or politics and discover our opportunities to expand your horizons with international study and work experience.

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We offer Masters courses in the main areas of global development, international relations and security, and politics for you to further develop your skills and interests.

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During your PhD you can experience a supportive, stimulating and challenging research environment alongside academics who share your passion for your subject.

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Our reputation

Top 40

in the world for development studies

QS World University Rankings, 2021

Top 20

in the UK for politics

The Complete University Guide 2022

Top 5

targeted UK university by graduate recruiters

High Fliers report, The Graduate Market in 2021

Coronavirus (covid-19)

The health and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors are our priority. We know that many people are understandably anxious about the current coronavirus outbreak, and we are taking further measures to address your concerns, to protect your health and wellbeing, and to ensure that learning can continue. Please visit our coronavirus website for the latest updates and information. If you're an applicant or offer holder please visit our coronavirus information FAQs tailored to you.