Research course

School of Politics and International Studies

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

Entry requirements

Good honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. An MA is normally required for PhD entry but relevant experience may be considered.

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

Large postgraduate student body including a large group of international students.

Fees and funding

University scholarships, ESRC, ORS.

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 6843
+44 (0) 113 343 4400