Research course

School of Politics and International Studies

University of Leeds · School of Politics and International Studies
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

If you wish to apply for a research degree programme, you should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. You will also normally have already completed a Master's degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research into international development, international relations and political studies. We have area expertise in Africa, North America, Asia, the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

This expertise informs and defines much of our research work, and has led to our school developing the single interdisciplinary area of Security, Development and Democracy.

We believe research in this area is crucial to the ongoing process of rethinking how governments respond to the human and international security challenges posed by globalisation and its consequences

Department specialisms

Theories of Politics and Political Philosophy, Human Rights; Democratisation; British Government; European Politics; Africa; Europe; SE Asia; Developing Countries; Latin America; Comparative Politics; Local and Regional Politics, Industrial Politics, International Political Economy, Security and Conflict Resolution.

Information for international students

The School has a minimum requirement:

  • TOEFL score on the internet-based test: 92, with minimum scores of 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing.
  • A minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components.
  • PTE Academic score of at least 64 with not less than 60 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Applicants who have recently been educated at degree level in a country where English is the first language, for a minimum of two years continuous full-time study (within the last two years), will be regarded as having fulfilled the University’s English language requirements.

Fees and funding



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Qualification and course duration


full time
36+ months


full time
24 months

MA by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office
+44 (0) 113 343 8056