University of Leeds

University of Leeds


This programme offers a unique approach to the study of politics by drawing on and integrating the breadth of research expertise of the school; this enables the university to offer an unusually broad range of modules alongside the opportunity for students to construct a personalised programme of study that allows an in-depth concentration and specialisation in their specific area of interest; the course provides a firm grounding in political analysis and a critical insight into the real politics behind the headlines; students gain 1st-hand experience of participation in a community of research-active scholars and develop outstanding skills in research, team-working and presentation.

Entry requirements

Students should normally hold a good Honours degree in a social science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification; relevant experience will be taken into account; however, if students have a good degree in, say, the natural sciences, humanities or languages, they may also apply, particularly with appropriate work experience.

Course modules

Core modules: Advanced political analysis; politics dissertation; optional modules include: developments in British politics; parliamentary studies 1; conflict, complex emergencies and global governance; democracy and development; democratisation and multi-party politics in Africa; political economy of resources and development; capitalism and crisis; European defence and security analysis; the politics of the European Union; American foreign policy; contemporary politics of the Middle East; political transitions in South East Asia; contemporary international security; environmental politics and policy; international political economy; international politics and the environment; world politics and the environment; concepts and issues in political theory; democratic theory and political transformation; research methods.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

POLIS Postgraduate Office
Telephone number: 
0113 343 6843