Postgraduate open day

Join us on Friday 7 February to discover how you can deepen your knowledge, enhance your career prospects, or take a new direction in life.

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Leeds Doctoral Scholarships

Access PhD funding with a Leeds Doctoral Scholarship

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Access PhD funding with Leeds Doctoral Scholarships
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Research degrees

Join our postgraduate research community

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

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Politics and international studies Research Degrees

Research degrees

When studying for an MA by Research or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) within the School of Politics and International Studies, you become a key member of an impactful academic research community. You'll experience a supportive, stimulating and challenging research environment which will enable you to pursue your interests and achieve your academic aspirations.

Our research

We bring together academics from across the disciplines of politics, international relations and development — with much of our work making an impact on a global scale.


in the UK for research impact

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Our research centres

Research activity is largely organised into centres, take a look at the research centres now.

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Discover our postgraduate students' research

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Ed Lack
Student | PHD
“Staff in the department have been so helpful and friendly. The academic staff are obviously incredibly knowledgeable about their area, but they have never been intimidating in their approach to teaching and guidance.”