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School of Politics and International Studies FACULTY OF EDUCATION, SOCIAL SCIENCES AND LAW

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES


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CONTENTS Why study Politics and International Studies at Leeds?

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Our research

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MA in The Politics of Global Insecurities

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MA International Relations

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MA Conflict, Development and Security

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MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency

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Global Development and Justice

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International Relations and Security

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MA Politics

Politics

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MA Politics (Parliamentary Studies)

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MA Politics (Political Theory)

Postgraduate research degrees

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Postgraduate taught degrees MA Global Development

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MA Global Development (Africa)

Student support Fees and funding Life in Leeds Entry requirements and how to apply

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MA Global Development (Education) MA Global Development (Gender) MA Global Development (International Political Economy) MA Global Development (Political Economy of International Resources)

For current information on courses and entry requirements please visit our website at

www.polis.leeds.ac.uk The information contained in this document was correct at time of going to press. LEGAL NOTICE Whilst the University endeavours to ensure that the information contained in this brochure is accurate at the date of publication the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies contained within it. Where circumstances change outside the reasonable control of the University, the University reserves the right to change or cancel parts of, or entire, programmes of study or services at any time without liability, even after students have registered at the University. Circumstances outside of the University’s reasonable control include, industrial action, over or under demand from students, staff illness, lack of funding, severe weather, fire, civil disorder, political unrest, government restrictions and concern with regard to the transmission of serious illness. The University’s contract with its students does not confer third party benefits for the purposes of the Contract (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

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WHY STUDY POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AT LEEDS? • Leeds is a member of the Russell Group of the top twenty four research intensive universities in the UK. • POLIS has internationallyrecognised research expertise that is truly global in its range and focus. • Our programmes in Politics, International Relations and Global Development have the benefit of a truly interdisciplinary nature. • The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) provides post-graduate training pathways for PhD study, with funding for 1+3 studentship awards. • Access to the training resources of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute and the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre.

The School of Politics and International Studies is a vibrant and innovative school where academic research informs and ignites our postgraduate teaching. Grappling with issues in politics, international relations and global development, our programmes can help you to change the world around you. Our interdisciplinary research includes expertise in Africa, North America, Asia, the Middle East, the UK and Europe. The research undertaken in POLIS is crucial to the ongoing process of rethinking how governments respond to the human and international security challenges posed by globalisation and its consequences. As well as offering taught postgraduate programmes in these exciting and relevant areas of study, we can also supervise postgraduate research students wishing to explore in depth an area of interest. The University has outstanding facilities available for the support of study at all levels and students will benefit from the additional support offered by the Faculty Graduate School. The LEAP training hub provides access to training and development opportunities for Arts, Humanities and Social Science PhD students. The ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre combines training expertise from three universities (Leeds, York and Sheffield) to offer new opportunities for skills development and flexibility in post-graduate study. POLIS graduates move on to take up exciting roles in politics and political activism, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local and central governments, the Civil Service, UN agencies and trade unions. Many graduates also go on to roles in the media and journalism as well as positions in the private sector. Our programmes also equip graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue a career in academia.

We look forward to welcoming you to the School of Politics and International Studies.

Kevin Theakston Professor of British Government and Head of School

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OUR RESEARCH GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AND JUSTICE

Research into global development at the School of Politics and International Studies concentrates upon the issues of entitlements, rights, responses and resistance in the study of global poverty and inequality. Our internationally-renowned academics represent a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and research expertise. A major strength of this research work is its inter-disciplinary nature; academics from across the University employ their specialist knowledge to research work in this area.

We also boast close working relationships with two well-established research centres: the Centre for Global Development and the Centre for African Studies. These centres highlight and promote our cross-disciplinary approach, and aim to explore and advance global development issues. We undertake research, advisory and consultancy work in many specialist fields. From rural livelihoods, gender and land reform to resource distribution, religion and community financial services, our global development research spans the social, economic, political,

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cultural, financial and environmental aspects of development issues and development policy. Our research centres are also very active, and hold many seminars, events and conferences throughout the year with high profile international speakers.

For further information on research into global development, please visit www.polis.leeds.ac.uk/research/ Our taught programmes in Global Development and Justice include: MA Global Development (page 8) MA in The Politics of Global Insecurities (page 10)


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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND SECURITY Research into International Relations at the School of Politics and International Studies embraces normative approaches to understand contemporary security challenges, and explores such specialised themes as ‘energy security’, global politics and the environment, nuclear proliferation and strategy, British and US foreign policy, terrorism and torture, urban insurgency, security governance in fragile states, post-Cold War conceptions of international society and liberal conceptions of political violence.

Many of these research themes also inform the study of particular regions which include area specialisations in the politics and security of the UK and Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South East and East Asia. This praxis between the conceptual and empirical underpins an interdisciplinary approach towards the study of International Relations in POLIS and in turn, informs how we can best understand and interpret the threats and opportunities posed by the process of globalisation in an ever changing global security environment. The research group is very active, and holds many seminars, events and conferences throughout the year with high profile international speakers.

For further information on research into international relations and security, please visit www.polis.leeds.ac.uk/research/ Our taught programmes in International Relations and Security include: MA International Relations (page 11) MA Conflict, Development and Security (page 12) MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency (page 13) 05


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POLITICS “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, European, US, Middle Eastern, African, East and South East Asian politics.� Tim Page, PhD graduate Our staff conduct internationally recognised research in the areas of British politics, European and EU politics, South East Asian politics, politics of the Middle East and North American politics. This collaborative research into politics is centred around two research themes; Leadership, Parties and Institutions and Political Theory.

Leadership, Parties and Institutions Research into Leadership, Parties and Institutions fosters new intellectual dynamics and collaborative processes, and draws on established strengths in British, European Union and South East Asian politics. This includes the: n Centre for British Government n Centre for European Politics n Political Leadership Specialist Group

Political Theory This group is an active centre for research in political theory and philosophy, and encompasses scholars with expertise in a wide range of areas of social and political thought. We host a regular programme of research seminars that provides a lively forum for the exchange of ideas among staff and research students. Particular areas of research strength include political ideology and social activism; democratic theory and practice; nationalism; political ethics; liberal political theory and feminism. This also includes the: n Centre for Democratisation Studies

For further information on research into politics, please visit www.polis.leeds.ac.uk/research/ 06

Our taught programmes in Politics include: MA Politics (page 14) MA Politics (Parliamentary) (page 14) MA Politics (Political Theory) (page 14)


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POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH DEGREES Research opportunities within the School of Politics and International Studies are hosted within the three research groups, each of which has a successful and thriving research community.

Research community and environment By studying for a research degree within the School of Politics and International Studies, you will become a key member of this academic research community, experiencing a supportive, vibrant, stimulating and challenging research environment which will enable you to pursue your interests and achieve your potential. Each year, our postgraduate research students run the Botany House Seminar Series, a series of stimulating sessions which provide a friendly forum for research students and staff to present their own work, fostering a lively research community in the school.

Impact and quality of research Through working alongside internationally-leading and world class academics you will have the opportunity to contribute more broadly to issues around politics, international relations and international development, challenging societies around the world. Our research students have also run a series of conferences with both national and international speakers hosted in the School of Politics and International Studies.

Research training and development You will be offered personal and professional skills development that will equip you with the competencies you need to help you succeed. You will be provided with high quality supervision by two academics who are trained and experienced supervisors as well as experts in the field of research and you will also be provided with formal research methods training. Students are also encouraged to take an active part in their research groups which includes attending seminars and conferences and possibly undergraduate teaching.

The Degree schemes

HOW TO APPLY Please contact the Postgraduate Office at polispg@leeds.ac.uk

or +44 (0) 113 343 6843 for further information or visit the School of Politics and International Studies website

www.polis.leeds.ac.uk

The following schemes are available: • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – three years full-time or five years part-time • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) – two years full-time or four years part-time • Master by Research (MA by Research) – one year full-time or two years part-time

Entry requirements The entry requirements for all schemes are that applicants must normally possess an upper second class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants with professional qualifications or substantial professional experience are also encouraged to apply, as they bring a particularly valuable outlook to the student population. In addition, MPhil and PhD applicants are also usually required to hold a Master’s level qualification at an appropriately high standard. 07


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POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT DEGREES

MA GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT MA Global Development offers a detailed engagement to the cross-disciplinary field of global development. It introduces theoretical approaches to the analysis of development, and examines their differing policy and practice implications, with a particular focus on low and mid-income country contexts. The programme offers debate and insight into topical issues in a rapidly changing field. It provides an opportunity to learn about and analyse the major socio-economic and political changes that have characterised global development in recent decades. It combines conceptual analysis with detailed discussion of how development theories and strategies affect people and impact on poverty and well-being in specific local contexts. As well as examining how global inequalities arise, are reproduced and can be tackled, you will learn development research skills, whether from a programme or advocacy perspective, and explore the principles of project management.

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You will learn practical skills such as how to run a focus group, undertake a stakeholder analysis, write a project proposal, develop a monitoring and evaluation framework, and prepare a budget. This well-established, interdisciplinary course attracts a large and diverse group of international students. Many are midcareer professionals seeking time out to reflect, bringing applied expertise for sharing and analysis; others seek the disciplinary expertise they need to take up a career in development – perhaps within a government department, the non-government sector, the agency world or activism.


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KEY FACTS Programme Director: Dr Caroline Dyer Duration: Full-time 12 months, part-time 24 months Entry requirements: A good honours degree in a related discipline or non-UK equivalent or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will also be taken into account. IELTS a minimum of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

Specialising your programme We have created the opportunity for students of MA Global Development to specialise, by choosing the option of MA Global Development with a specialist pathway. These pathways reflect the particular research strengths of our teaching team. If you choose this option, the specialist pathways are: n Africa n Education n Gender n International Political Economy n Political Economy of International Resources Along with events run by the Global Development and Justice research group, you can also attend events organised by the interdisciplinary Centre for Global Development and Leeds University Centre for African Studies.

Careers This programme provides an excellent opportunity for those seeking to launch or enhance their career in development. Many of our graduates pursue careers in government departments, NGOs, in UN agencies or activism. Others have gone on to high-profile careers in politics, the media, the Civil Service, as well as achieving further academic honours as PhD students.

Core modules The Global Development MA and its associated pathways all contain the following core modules: Global Inequalities and Development provides you with an understanding of why and how the world’s inequalities produce advantages and disadvantages in development. You will cover economic, social, and political inequalities to lay the foundation for discussions about poverty, dispossession, food, environment and aid. You will also explore how social movements in the global south claim rights and thereby challenge global inequalities. Global Development Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a

particular topic in development studies through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.

Each pathway contains its own additional core module/s as follows: Global Development (no pathway): Development Management Techniques/Research Methodology for Development Africa: Africa in the Contemporary World Education: Education in Development Gender: Gender, Globalisation and Development International Political Economy: International Political Economy Political Economy of Resources and Development: Political Economy of Resources and Development

Optional modules Students will also choose an additional two modules from the wide-ranging list below: n Africa in the Contemporary World n Capitalism and Crisis n Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance n Democracy and Development n Development Management Techniques n Education in Development n Environmental Politics and Policy n Gender, Globalisation and Development n Global Justice n International Political Economy n Political Economy of Resources and Development n Political Transitions in South East Asia n Research Methodology for Development n Rural Development: Theoretical and Policy Issues n The EU and the Developing World n The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict *Applicants should note that the availability of optional modules varies from year to year.

“The course is well designed and the modules are carefully outlined to equip you with the knowledge and techniques needed for global development. Most importantly, POLIS is well experienced in delivering the necessary qualifications to those who want to embark on a career of sustained development work.” Sidig Eltoum, MA Global Development 09


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*This programme is subject to approval Programme Director: Professor Ray Bush Duration: Full-time 12 months, part-time 24 months Entry requirements: A good honours degree in a related discipline or non-UK equivalent or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will also be taken into account. IELTS a minimum of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

MA IN THE POLITICS OF GLOBAL INSECURITIES

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This innovative new programme will interrogate new approaches to the problem of (in)security in the 21st Century. Moving beyond the limits of state-centric approaches, it will encourage students to critically re-evaluate the political and social implications of security discourses and practices that increasingly focus on human and planetary concerns. The MA explores conceptions of the insecure to examine why and how the concept of security is essentially contested. This will be achieved by drawing upon the latest academic debates and empirical studies which encourages students to address the political, ethical and socio-economic stakes that underpin political insecurities. The programme will positively re-evaluate the connections between forms of endangerment, security practices, relations of power, and the problems of war and violence in the contemporary world.

Careers This course can lead to a career in government agencies or NGOs concerned with development, post-conflict reconstruction and humanitarian issues. Many of our graduates pursue careers in government departments, the non-government sector (NGOs), UN agencies or activism. Others have gone on to high profile careers in politics, the media, the civil service as well as achieving further academic honours as PhD students.

Core modules The Politics of Global Insecurities explores the different and interconnected dimensions to contemporary patterns of global insecurities. It does so by documenting competing perspectives on political insecurity and locates these in a range of international case studies. Topics include understanding and locating insecurities; gender and violence; insecurity and resources; insecurity and foreign policy; insecurity and liberation; insecurity and modernity. 10

Politics of Global Insecurities Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in development studies through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.

Optional modules • Africa in the Contemporary World • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance • Democracy and Development • Global Inequalities and Development • Political Economy of Resources and Development • The EU and the Developing World • Research Methods • Contemporary Politics of the Middle East • Political Transitions in South East Asia • The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict • Contemporary International Security • Global Justice • International Political Economy • Policing Post-Conflict Cities • Contemporary International Security *Applicants should note that the availability of optional modules varies from year to year.


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MA INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS KEY FACTS Programme Director: Professor Christoph Bluth Duration: Full-time 12 months, part-time 24 months Entry requirements: A good honours degree in a related discipline or non-UK equivalent or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will also be taken into account. IELTS a minimum of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

This course will shape your understanding of global politics in the contemporary world, by introducing you to a wide range of theories, approaches and stimulating debates surrounding international politics and relations.

International Relations Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in international studies through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.

You will analyse topics central to the functioning of the international system and explore contemporary and historical approaches, focusing on country-specific, regional and international processes.

Optional modules

Our emphasis on international studies invites an interdisciplinary approach and reflects the broadening nature of the subject beyond the confines of inter-state relationships. You will have the opportunity to develop expertise in a specialist area of interest to you, whilst working with leaders in the IR field. As well as enhancing your knowledge in international relations and the complex and contradictory forces that shape the global agenda, this course will equip you with excellent research skills, methodologies and approaches.

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Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance European Defence and Security Analysis Contemporary Politics of the Middle East Political Transitions in South East Asia The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict Contemporary International Security Contemporary Issues in Nuclear Non-Proliferation and WMD • International Law and Ethics in the War on Terror • International Politics and The Environment • Policing Post-Conflict Cities • World Politics and The Environment • Global Justice *Applicants should note that the availability of optional modules varies from year to year.

Careers This course provides you with an ideal preparation for a career in the international political arena. Many of our students go on to high profile careers in politics, the civil service, the media, with NGOs, within international organisations such as the UN and World Bank, as well as roles in the private sector. Many graduates achieve further academic honours as PhD students.

Core modules Theoretical Approaches in International Relations introduces you to the relationship between the struggle for power and the struggle between ideas. You will investigate some of the ideological and philosophical movements that have shaped, and continue to shape, the international system, and you will examine a variety of competing positions with reference to events in the real world.

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KEY FACTS Programme Director: Professor Christoph Bluth Duration: Full-time 12 months, part-time 24 months Entry requirements: A good honours degree in a related discipline or non-UK equivalent or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will also be taken into account. IELTS a minimum of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

You will analyse the ways in which security, development and humanitarian agents adapt to instability. You will also examine the significance of globalisation for the emergence of internal conflict, and for the development of trans-border economics and the political dynamics they may support. This unique programme gives you the opportunity to study regionally differentiated responses to conflict in, for example Africa and Afghanistan, and to discuss issues relating to humanitarian conditionality, containment and the role of international organisations and NGOs. In analysing the relationship between aid and politics in ‘new’ wars, this interdisciplinary programme draws upon the School of Politics and International Studies’ rich diversity in approach and experience.

Careers This course can lead to a career in government agencies or NGOs concerned with post-conflict reconstruction and humanitarian issues. Many of our graduates also go on to high profile careers in politics, the media, the civil service and the private sector, as well achieving further academic honours as PhD students.

Core modules Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance examines the economic and political elements of contemporary internal and regionalised conflict. You will examine humanitarian, developmental and security policy responses and investigate the organisational adaptations that are emerging among state and non-state actors in relation to such instability.

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MA CONFLICT, DEVELOPMENT AND SECURITY

Conflict, Development and Security addresses the convergence of security and development issues, and its implications for analysing the reconstruction of war-affected societies. The programme bridges the themes of conflict, liberal styles of governance and aid policy.

Conflict, Development and Security Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in development studies through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.

Optional modules n Africa in the Contemporary World n Democracy and Development n Gender, Globalisation and Development n Political Economy of Resources and Development n European Defence and Security Analysis n The EU and the Developing World n Contemporary Politics of the Middle East n The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict n Contemporary International Security n Contemporary Issues in Nuclear Non-Proliferation and WMD n Environmental Politics and Policy n Insurgency n International Law and Ethics in the War on Terror n International Political Economy n International Politics and The Environment n Policing Post-Conflict Cities n Terrorism n World Politics and The Environment n Global Justice n Research Methods *Applicants should note that the availability of optional modules varies from year to year.

"I loved my time at Leeds. My favourite elements were being able to learn from world-class academics, being in seminar groups with people from all over the world and helping to put on lectures for the International Affairs Forum, where we were able to bring leading academics, journalists and NGO workers to come and talk to students." Conflict, Development and Security graduate


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KEY FACTS Programme Director: Professor Christoph Bluth Duration: Full-time 12 months, part-time 24 months Entry requirements: A good honours degree in a related discipline or non-UK equivalent or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will also be taken into account. IELTS a minimum of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

Drawing on our research strengths in international security, sub-state conflicts and terrorism and insurgency, this programme addresses the phenomenon of terrorism in the 20th and 21st centuries. It will introduce you to the history of terrorism, from state sponsored terror in the Cold War period and urban terrorists in Western Europe to the emergence of radical Islam and Al-Qaeda. You will explore the dilemmas of preservation of democratic liberties whilst developing counterterrorism strategies and assessing the necessity and effectiveness of anti-terrorism legislation in the UK, the US and beyond. You will consider the wider political context and causes of radicalisation and terrorist violence, including the analysis of situations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq as well as an in-depth study of the geo-politics of the Middle East.

Careers This course provides you with an ideal preparation for a career in the international political arena. Many of our students go on to high profile careers in politics, the civil service, the media, with NGOs, within international organisations such as the UN, in addition to roles in the private sector. Many graduates achieve further academic honours as PhD students.

Terrorism introduces theoretical approaches to the study of and historical experience of terrorism. You will acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of the history of terrorism since World War II, of modern insurgency and other sub-state conflicts. Security, Terrorism and Insurgency Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in terrorism and security through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.

Optional modules n Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance n European Defence and Security Analysis n Contemporary Politics of the Middle East n The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict n Contemporary International Security n Contemporary Issues in Nuclear Non-Proliferation and WMD n International Law and Ethics in the War on Terror n Policing Post-Conflict Cities n Theoretical Approaches in International Relations n Global Justice Applicants should note that the availability of optional modules varies from year to year.

Core modules Insurgency introduces theoretical and empirical approaches to the study and experience of insurgency and counter-insurgency. You will look in depth at recent developments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"After I graduated, I started my internship at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. I believe my MA degree was one of the main reasons I was selected for this traineeship." Hatem Efe, MA graduate

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MA POLITICS KEY FACTS Programme Director: Dr Christine Harlen Duration: Full-time 12 months, part-time 24 months Entry requirements: A good honours degree in a related discipline or non-UK equivalent or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will also be taken into account. IELTS a minimum of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

The beginning of the twenty-first century has witnessed a dramatic transformation of the political landscape of our world. This programme will provide you with a firm grounding in political analysis and a critical insight into the real politics behind the headlines. Our unique approach to the study of politics allows you to draw upon the breadth of research expertise in the School of Politics and International Studies. We offer an exciting and broad range of modules, alongside the opportunity for you to construct a personalised programme of study which allows in-depth specialisation into your specific area of interest. You will gain first-hand experience of participation in a community of research active scholars, contributing to our lively research culture, developing outstanding skills in research, team-work and presentation. You can either take the MA Politics as a single subject or you can opt to take it with one of the below specialised pathways.

Specialising your programme Drawing on our particular research strengths, we have created the opportunity for students of MA Politics to take an optional specialisation in one of the following pathways: n Politics (Parliamentary) n Politics (Political Theory) The general programme in Politics centres on choice and flexibility giving you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge on the dramatic transformation of the political landscape in the twenty-first century. The Parliamentary pathway includes a semester-long internship in a Member of Parliament’s office and the Political Theory pathway provides an insight into political thought and practical application of political ideas.

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Core modules All three options contain the following core modules: Advanced Political Analysis introduces you to the dominant paradigms in political science and is designed to equip you with the tools to study the key ways in which analysts construct understandings and explanations of political phenomena. Politics Dissertation leads you through the process of developing a deeper understanding of a particular topic in politics through independent research and the preparation of an extended piece of writing. You agree a research topic with your supervisor and write a 12,000 word dissertation that demonstrates your research skills, your ability to assess information, and appraise relevant concepts and theories.


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Each pathway contains its own additional core module/s as follows:

Politics (Political Theory) Concepts and Issues in Political Theory Global Justice

Optional modules Students on the Politics and Politics (Political Theory) will also select a number of the following optional modules: n Capitalism and Crisis n Concepts and Issues in Political Theory n Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance n Contemporary International Security n Contemporary Politics of the Middle East n Democracy and Development n Developments in British Politics n Environmental Politics and Policy n European Defence and Security Analysis n Global Justice n International Law and Ethics in the War on Terror n International Political Economy n International Politics and The Environment n Political Economy of Resources and Development n Political Transitions in South East Asia n Research Methods n The EU and the Developing World n The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict n World Politics and The Environment *Applicants should note that the availability of optional modules varies from year to year.

MA POLITICS

Politics (Parliamentary) Parliamentary Studies One (preparation from Parliament) Parliamentary Studies Two (Parliamentary placement, January – May)

“I’m now working as a Parliamentary Assistant to a Shadow Minister in the Commons. It’s my ideal first full-time job, and my earning it was directly related to the experience the course offered; I was asked to stay on full-time following my internship”. Grace Wright, MA Politics (Parliamentary)

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STUDENT SUPPORT

Personal Tutors All taught students will be assigned a personal tutor from among the academic staff. The personal tutor’s role is to provide general advice and support to students where necessary, including advice on academic development and module choice as well as discussing any difficulties which may be affecting a student’s studies.

MA Programme Directors The MA Programme Directors in the School have overall responsibility for co-ordinating your MA programme and will be the first point of contact regarding your studies or if you wish to transfer modules.

The Student Support Team The Student Support Team is a small and friendly team of dedicated staff who can assist you with every stage of the application process, from your first enquiry about studying for one of our postgraduate programmes to your final decision to accept the offer of a place. We are then available throughout your time here for support and advice until we join you to celebrate your graduation. We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds.

Find out more at www.leaptraining.leeds.ac.uk/ We work closely with workshop and seminar providers across the University to give you access to courses where you can gain transferable skills and enhance your career prospects. These events also provide the opportunity for you to meet, collaborate and socialise with students working in other Schools.

The Careers Centre Taught postgraduate degrees are becoming much more widespread, with some jobs now requiring a Masters as standard. The high level personal and analytical skills you develop as a postgraduate student are increasingly sought after by employers. The University Careers Service can help you market yourself to employers by showing your skills and personal qualities in their best light. As well as a dedicated Careers Consultant for students in the School of Politics and International Studies, the Careers Centre offers support through a drop-in service, CV help, recruitment fairs and their database of thousands of graduate and work placement opportunities.

The Graduate School The Graduate School provides support for all students studying in the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law. The School provides the support and facilities you need during your studies with us. We aim to draw together the different nationalities, interests and expertise within the Faculty to make a vibrant community of researchers, academics and students. We offer all Graduate School students the opportunity to undergo further training to enhance their skills and knowledge and the new LEAP Training Hub offers skills development opportunities to PhD students working in the Social Sciences.

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For more detailed information on careers strategies for postgraduate students, please see the Careers Centre website at

http://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk


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FEES & FUNDING Postgraduate fees The table below shows the provisional postgraduate fees for 2013/14. Full details of fees are included in offer letters. For more information and the most up-to-date fees, please see our website www.polis.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduates Student status

Full-time study

Part-time study

£6,000 £13,100

£3,000 £6,550

Postgraduate taught UK/EU International

The postgraduate research fees for 2013/14 are not confirmed at the time of printing this brochure. As a guide, the 2012/13 fees were £3,828 for UK/EU students and £12,500 for international students. For the most up-to-date research fees, please see our website www.polis.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduates

Scholarships and bursaries Postgraduate taught awards The School of Politics and International Studies is offering one full fees award to a UK/EU student taking one of our taught postgraduate programmes.

ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) White Rose Doctoral Training Centre

Postgraduate research awards

The ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre combines training expertise from three universities (Leeds, York and Sheffield) to offer new opportunities in postgraduate study.

The School of Politics and International Studies is offering one fees plus maintenance (£7,000) scholarship to UK/EU students taking a postgraduate research programme (PhD) in the areas of British Politics; Comparative Politics; European Politics or Political Theory.

The School of Politics and International Studies is involved in the cluster of training pathways within the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre.

We are also offering one fees only scholarship to UK/EU students taking a postgraduate research programme (PhD) in an area of their choice. The School is also offering one full fees only award to an international student studying on a postgraduate research programme (PhD) in an area of their choice. *Applicants should note that all scholarships are extremely competitive and are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and not financial hardship.

Partial fee bursaries for students with sponsors There are a number of partial awards available to UK/EU and international students commencing study on any of the School’s postgraduate taught and research programmes on a full-time or part-time basis. Small amounts may be rewarded to excellent candidates who have arranged funds from elsewhere who may have a small shortfall.

In each of these clusters, students will have access to high quality training and supervision at their host institution and opportunities for engagement with students at other institutions within the pathway, through special events and other kinds of joint provision such as summer schools. These clusters of pathways offer a range of training opportunities on a 1+3 (MA +PhD) and +3 (PhD) basis depending on the particular pathway.

Full details can be found on the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) website www.wrssdtc.leeds.ac.uk/

University of Leeds scholarships The University also has a number of scholarships and is able to provide full and partial awards to UK/EU and international students.

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LIFE IN LEEDS

The University of Leeds is one of the UK’s top universities, in the heart of a vibrant and student friendly city. Established in 1904, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, formed by 24 leading research universities. It is acclaimed worldwide for the quality of its teaching and research, and degrees from Leeds are well respected by employers and universities throughout the world. The University is one of the largest single site universities in the UK. It has all the advantages of a campus university with the bonus of being just a ten-minute walk from the city centre and a twenty minute drive from open countryside.

The award-winning Leeds University Union (LUU) is one of the biggest and best Student Unions' in the country. One of the most active in the UK, it has over 300 sports clubs and student societies, from the United Nations Society to the Netball Club, from Leeds Raising and Giving (RAG) to the Rowing Club; there is something for everyone.

University facilities At the University of Leeds you will enjoy first-class facilities, including an internationally acclaimed university library comprising almost 3 million items, many of which are in electronic format for you to access – when you want, where you want. We provide an extensive network of support services to assist you with academic and personal matters during your time here, including a comprehensive range of computer facilities. These resources create a stimulating and supportive environment for you to pursue your postgraduate study.

City life With over 200,000 students living in the city, Leeds has become a vibrant, thriving and lively place to live and learn, come here and it won’t be long before you’re calling it home. At the heart of Yorkshire, Leeds is the second largest business, legal and finance sector in the UK and is one of the country’s fastest growing cities. Rich in culture, history, arts and entertainment – it really is the place to be. Because of our fantastic location, we can enjoy excellent communication and transport links which can take you all over the UK. With London and Edinburgh just two and a half hours by rail, and Leeds Bradford airport providing regular flights to major international destinations, nowhere is ever too far. One of the UK’s top shopping destinations, Leeds boasts over two miles of traffic-free shopping with over one thousand shops. Home to the exclusive Victoria Quarter, Harvey Nichols and every high street store you can think of, there is something for everyone. The city hosts an eclectic mix of entertainment, with music and nightlife to suit all tastes. From street cafes to nightclubs, from stylish bars to awardwinning restaurants, it won’t disappoint. Bursting with culture, Leeds is home to Opera North, The Grand Theatre, the Royal Armouries and a plethora of museums and art galleries – all this in one of the greenest cities in Britain, so close to the Yorkshire Dales. 18

Leeds is also the second largest employment centre in the UK outside of London, which means that there are many opportunities after graduation.

Visit us The Graduate School hosts open days designed to give prospective students and applicants the chance to come along and talk to staff from the School, get more information on what programmes are available, and explore the campus. These open days usually take place in February and May each year. You are welcome to do this either before or after you have applied.

For the latest information on when these open days are taking place, please contact us or visit the Graduate School website

www.essl.leeds.ac.uk/graduate-school


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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS & HOW TO APPLY Taught postgraduate programmes You should normally hold a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline, or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will be taken into account where appropriate. If you hold a good degree in, for example, the natural sciences, humanities or languages, you may also apply, particularly if you have appropriate work experience. Candidates who have narrowly missed securing an upper second result may be considered on their merits.

Postgraduate research degrees You should normally hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (upper second class or first class) in a Social Science discipline or an equivalent professional qualification. You will also have normally completed a Masters’ degree at an appropriately high standard.

English language requirements For anyone applying whose first language is not English, you will need to attain the following minimum standard of English: • TOEFL score on the internet-based test: 94, with minimum scores of 21 in listening, 23 in reading, 23 in speaking and 24 in writing. • A minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components. • PTE Academic score of at least 64 with not less than 60 in listening, reading, speaking and writing. Anyone who just fails to make this standard may still be able to be offered a place dependent on completion of a pre-sessional English language course offered by the University’s Language Centre. For more information on these courses see our website www.leeds.ac.uk/languages

How to apply for our MA programmes There are no deadlines for making an application for a place, although it is advisable to apply before the end of July. If you intend to apply for funding you should submit an application for a place at least one month

before any specific scholarship deadline. All applications are considered by the School who will make a decision based on degree results, references, other relevant information and in some cases an interview. If you do not know your degree result before you apply, we will make offers to such candidates conditional on their degree results.

How to apply for a postgraduate research degree The majority of research students begin their studies in October at the start of the academic year. We accept applications at any time of the year, but it is best to submit them well before the summer vacation begins (mid-June) if you wish to commence study in October. Applicants should also note that PhD applications should be submitted much earlier than the closing dates for any departmental or university scholarships. We make our decision on the basis of the draft research proposal, the potential fit between your topic and our expertise, supervisors' interest in being involved, referees' reports, degree results, School resources, and an interview by phone, Skype or in person. You will also be asked to submit a draft outline of the proposed research.

For further details of how to apply, to download an application form, or to apply online please see our website www.polis.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduates/researc h-postgraduates/apply.php

Please contact us if you have any questions. Postgraduate Office School of Politics and International Studies University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Tel: + 44 (0)113 343 6843 Email: polispg@leeds.ac.uk Follow us on Twitter: @POLISatLeeds

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