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

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

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. The School is ranked in the UK top 20 in the Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

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 lively research groups and centres include:

  • Global Development and Justice (including the Centre for Global Development and the Centre for African Studies)
  • International Relations and Security (including European Centre for Responsibility to Protect)
  • Politics (including Centre for Democratic Engagement, Leadership, Parties and Institutions and Political Theory and Cultural Values)

We offer three kinds of research degree for postgraduate students.

  • PhD
  • MPhil
  • MA by research

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


The School of Politics and International Studies and the University of Leeds offer a number of scholarhips for UK/EU and international students interested in pursuing postgraduate research opportunities. Find out more by visiting our website:

What our students say...

"The University of Leeds and the School of  Politics and International Studies have a very good reputation in Sudan. Many of my best university lecturers in Sudan graduated from Leeds and spoke very highly about the City of Leeds and the University. When I came to Leeds I was never disappointed. I learned so much and enjoyed the city and its friendly and easy life."  Dr Ahmed Mukhtar Gamal Eldin, The management of internal displacement in Sudan

"The department has leading international experts in every conceivable area of politics, from domestic and international political theory and international security, to internationally renowned specialists on British, US, Middle Eastern, East Asian, African, West and East European, and Central Asian politics. The nature of the expertise in the department - with established political theorists and country specialists - makes research at POLIS much more interdisciplinary and broader in scope than is arguably the case at many other universities." Dr Tim Page, Redefining state roles and identities amongst post-cold war security

"The University of Leeds is unique. It offers an atmosphere for direct critical engagement with your own assumptions about yourself as researcher, to challenge your views and to consider all possible interpretations of your observations as researcher. Finding a job after my studies was not the key issue for me; the problem was which job to accept. I think employers understand the value of a research degree from Leeds."  Dr Gabriel Botchwey, PhD Politics and Development

Funding Notes

The School of Politics and International Studies is pleased to offer scholarships for students undertaking full-time or part-time study towards a PhD degree within the school, starting in September 2018.

For further information and how to apply, visit our website:
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Application deadline: 1 June 2018, 23:59 GMT

How good is research at University of Leeds in Politics and International Studies?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 24.00

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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