School of Politics and International Studies
The School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is one of the largest academic departments of its kind in Britain, covering four inter-related fields of study: politics, international studies, development studies, and European studies.
The great strength of POLIS lies in its range and diversity, affording students the opportunity to benefit from the cross-cutting expertise of our staff; a typical MA class has students from a range of backgrounds and national origins. Around 50% of our postgraduates are from overseas, typically from around 30 different countries in any one year.
POLIS was formed in August 1999 from the merger of the Department of Politics and the School of International, Development and European Studies. With over thirty members of staff, POLIS is one of the largest academic departments in the field of politics and international studies in the UK, providing an exciting environment for study at BA and postgraduate levels.
Through strong in areas such as British politics and political theory, the School of Politics and International Studies is much more than a traditional UK Politics department: we celebrate a rich variety of interests and approaches. Much of our work is highly international in orientation, and staff expertise covers Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the post-Soviet world, and South and South East Asia . We have more than 25 nationalities among our current research students, and a number of backgrounds and nationalities among our teaching staff.
POLIS brings together academic specialists in four areas: Political Studies, International Studies, European Studies, Development Studies.
We aim to promote excellence in teaching and research in the core disciplines of politics and international studies, and are particularly committed to promoting interdisciplinary degree schemes and research.
What you study
This is an innovative programme that allows students to combine an academic programme of study with work placements in the European Parliament or a body dealing with it.
Students take modules in the Making of Modern Europe and The Politics of the European Union. During their placements they will be required to keep a log of their work on which they are assessed. The MA also involves a dissertation, a 12,000 word in depth study which is supervised on an individual basis in the School.
How you study
Students spend the first semester in Leeds and the second semester in Brussels, where they carry out the work placement and conduct research for their dissertation.