This is a well-established and popular programme, taught jointly by Theology and Religious Studies and the Centre for Development Studies.
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
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.
School of Theology and Religious Studies
The department offers a vibrant and challenging environment for postgraduate study and training in Theology and Religious Studies. Its staff are nationally and internationally renowned scholars committed to the idea of studying religion from a variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches. Drawing upon both the humanities and social science, these include: theology, philosophy, textual and historical studies, sociology and anthropology.
A distinctive and coherent research identity is being developed in the Department, especially in the area of religion and public life. Staff are playing a leading role in drawing attention to the part that religion continues to play in apparently secularising societies across the globe.
The department is home to the Institute for Religion and Public Life and the Community Religions Project, two centres for research on religion in contemporary society that are unique in UK higher education.
At the most recent teaching quality assessment in British universities, the Department was also recognised as a centre of excellence in learning and teaching. Leeds is joint sponsor of the Philosophical and Religious Studies Subject Centre of the Higher Education Academy, one of 24 Subject Centres covering all university disciplines taught in the UK.
What you study
This is a well-established and popular programme, taught jointly by Theology and Religious Studies and the Centre for Development Studies. It aims to foster critical reflection on the religious dimensions and theological and ethical implications of development for human flourishing. It will be of interest to those working, or intending to work, in the varied professional disciplines of development studies.