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Whether you want to enhance your employability, change career direction or deepen your knowledge of a subject you are passionate about before pursuing a research degree, our Masters can help you on your journey.

You'll enhance your transferable skills such as critical thinking, team working and project management, as well as advancing your research methods. You'll also have access to career and development support which has helped our alumni progress into a variety of rewarding careers.

Career destinations

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.

Continuing into research

Our Masters degrees are also an ideal foundation for a PhD and many graduates who have a real passion for their subject have gone on to pursue careers in research or academia both in the UK and abroad.

Find out more about research degree opportunities.

Careers support

A Masters can help you to stand out in today’s competitive job market. Helping you recognise and communicate your development, our award-winning Careers Centre is on hand to support you from day one, with services and resources including:

  • career guidance appointments
  • support with your CV
  • mock interviews and advice
  • careers fairs and employer presentations
  • access to a vacancy database advertising local, national and global vacancies.

Once you graduate you will still have access to the University of Leeds Careers Centre services.

For those graduates who can't visit the Careers Centre in person, but need advice, then you can ask your questions using the e-guidance service. Alternatively, you can contact the Careers Centre on +44 (0) 113 343 5295 or email:

You can register for a graduate log in to access the exclusive MyCareer database of local, national and international job opportunities, as well as many student and graduate internship opportunities. 

You will also have access to the Leeds Network — an online careers networking tool where you can find out about career opportunities from our alumni across the globe.

Ida Jakobsen MA Global Development and Africa

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“I finished my Masters degree in early September and started an internship with UN-Habitat the same month at the global headquarters in Nairobi. I am working for the Safer Cities Programme, where I further get to explore my interest and knowledge in urban development challenges. An internship with the UN is a great opportunity to learn and grow, but also to expand my network”.
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