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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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Autumn Open Days 2022

Saturday 10 September and Saturday 8 October

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Masters Online Subject Talks

Hear from our academic staff and find out more about what you’ll study, the skills you’ll develop, and how your passion for your subject can help you further your career.

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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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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 50

in the world for development studies

QS World University Rankings, 2022

Top 25

in the UK for politics

The Complete University Guide 2023

5th

most targeted university by the UK’s top graduate employers

High Fliers report, The Graduate Market in 2022

Coronavirus (covid-19)

We understand that you may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and your plans to study with us at Leeds. It’s important to us that you have every opportunity to engage with student life at Leeds, so we’re working hard to make sure you receive the high-quality academic experience you would expect.

Please check our Coronavirus webpages for up-to-date information.