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Postgraduate Research Opportunities in Global Development, Politics and International Relations & Security


  Faculty of Social Sciences


About the Programme

The School of Politics and International Studies 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. 

Our intellectual focus is on the politics of global challenges: the inherently political processes through which global challenges are created, understood, and mediated by the exercise and contestation of power in its various forms. It is through this lens that the School of Politics and International Studies and our research centres pursue our respective research agendas. 

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.

Our research is organised around the following themes:

  • Democratic Engagement
  • Global Development
  • Responsibility to Protect
  • Global Security Challenges
  • Contemporary Political Theory
  • Teaching, Innovation and Scholarship

We offer the following postgraduate research degrees:

  • PhD
  • MA by research

Find out more about postgraduate research in the School of Politics and International Studies by visiting our website.

Funding opportunities

The School of Politics and International Studies and the University of Leeds offer a number of scholarships for candidates interested in pursuing postgraduate research opportunities. You can find these by visiting our postgraduate research opportunities database.

Current funding opportunities include:

For full details of all funding and project opportunities, including eligibility criteria and application deadlines visit our postgraduate research opportunities database.


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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