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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.

Top reasons to study here

  • The School brings together a diverse community of academics with different backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Our staff are actively involved in shaping policy, advising on issues which can make a difference in the world.
  • Our work is highly international in orientation, and our academic expertise spans the globe.

Master's Programmes

Social Sciences (3)



The School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is home to a vibrant learning and research community.

When you join POLIS you'll be supported and inspired by the expertise of our academic staff. You'll also have access to a wide range of opportunities — all designed to expand your degree according to your interests and aspirations.


Within most years of study you can choose a number of specialist optional modules from across the school, allowing you to tailor your degree to your own interests and career ambitions.

You’ll also have the opportunity to explore modules beyond your degree subject. We offer hundreds of possibilities organised into ten themes, including: language and intercultural understanding; media, culture and creativity; and mind and body. These discovery modules are a great way of pursuing your interests in addition to exploring something new. Discovery modules are subject to timetabling, availability and eligibility.


The School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research into international development, international relations and politics. Our international focus means we have expertise covering Africa, North America, Asia, the UK, Europe and the Middle East. 


Work experience can help you to explore your career options and gain a real-world insight into working life. During a work placement, you’ll develop professional skills with practical experience, increasing your future employability in the graduate job market.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

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Housing services

Living in University accommodation is a great way to experience student life, make new friends and feel part of our student community. We have an impressive range of accommodation from modern, purpose-built apartments to converted mansions both on and off campus.

We understand how important your accommodation is when you're new. We know starting at University might be the first time you've lived away from home and this can be daunting as well as exciting. We're committed to making that transition as easy as possible for you and we'll help you every step of the way.  

Leeds, England, United Kingdom