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    Asuka Kato

    Asuka Kato

    MA Development Studies | 2007 - 2008

    The diversity of teachers and course-mates experienced in various countries and fields absolutely influenced my career choice. Exchanging views and discussing many topics with them led my current career for ODA. Read full profile…

    David Johnson

    David Johnson

    BA International Development | 2014 - 2017

    I studied in Ghana during semester two of my second year – one of the options of the International Development semester abroad. This was an incredible time and I think an almost unique study abroad destination. I had the time to travel throughout Ghana and the surrounding region, with a field trip to Burkina Faso as part of one module. Read full profile…

    Benjamin Sanbrook-Davies

    Benjamin Sanbrook-Davies

    BA Politics and Economics | 2014 - 2017

    With the breadth of topics, comes a breadth of specialities and knowledge from the staff in POLIS. The range of lecturers with different specialities is quite impressive. Read full profile…

    Iulian Andrei Biris

    Iulian Andrei Biris

    BA International Relations | 2015 - 2018

    If I was to choose the course and the university I wanted to study at again, I would still choose BA International Relations at the University of Leeds! Read full profile…

    Elinor Phillips

    Elinor Phillips

    BA International Development | 2014 - 2017

    I knew that I wanted to study at a campus university but I also wanted to be near/in a big city and Leeds strikes the perfect balance between the two. Read full profile…

    Riski Muda Farsyah

    Riski Muda Farsyah

    MA Global Development | 2016 - 2017

    The inter-related modules are what I like the most since it helps me to improve my research skills by connecting every module together and helps me be more critical in addressing certain issues and problems. Read full profile…

    Michael Siebert

    Michael Siebert

    MA Global Development and International Political Economy | 2016 - 2017

    The course has definitely surpassed my expectations. Read full profile…

    Lucky Niko

    Lucky Niko

    MA International Relations | 2016 - 2017

    The University of Leeds is the place to be for those looking for a once in a lifetime adventure! Read full profile…

    Lauren Jones

    Lauren Jones

    MA Global Development and Education | 2016 - 2017

    I have really enjoyed the course so far – the content is varied and it’s great that we are able to choose from a wide range of modules to suit our own interests. I can’t really believe how much I’ve learned in such a short space of time! Read full profile…

    Jonta Saragih

    Jonta Saragih

    MA Global Development and Gender | 2016 - 2017

    I could not ask any better. Anything that a student could think of needing during the study is available for students. Read full profile…

    Amy Nguyen

    Amy Nguyen

    BA International Relations | 2014 - 2017

    I took part in the “Leeds to New York Programme 2016” which was definitely the highlight of my time at Leeds. It was an incredibly week of learning about different forms of leadership, speaking with leading experts from various fields and exploring New York City. Read full profile…

    Annie-Rose Peterman

    Annie-Rose Peterman

    BA Politics and Parliamentary Studies (now Parliamentary Pathway) | 2013 - 2017

    I know that I will graduate with confidence about finding a good career, a better understanding of the world we live in, friends for life and countless happy and fun memories of my time at Leeds. Read full profile…

    Georgia Ellis

    Georgia Ellis

    BA International Relations | 2015 - 2018

    I chose Leeds to study International Relations largely due to the impressive size and diversity of the department which I felt would offer me a large range of module choice, which has proved to be the case! Read full profile…

    Alex Gray

    Alex Gray

    BA Politics and Parliamentary Studies | 2013-2017

    The course is very engaging and I am pleased with the level of choice I had when picking modules and my dissertation topic. The placement in my third year has given me the insight and skills needed to find employment after I graduate. Read full profile…

    Fredrick Kamwani

    Fredrick Kamwani

    MA Global Development and Africa | 2015 - 16

    For those thinking about MA Global Development, I would say “If you would like to know more about the socio-political forces and the regional relations which shape our global world, then MA Global Development is your answer” Read full profile…

    Grace Mutemi

    Grace Mutemi

    MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency | 2015 - 16

    I have loved the learning facilities and opportunities. I was recently able to attend a Security and Ethics Conference, which provided an opportunity to meet speakers from universities and security agencies. Read full profile…

    Ed Lack

    Ed Lack

    PhD and MPhil | 2016-2022

    Studying at Leeds has revitalised me after 20 years of work. The course has been stimulating and always enjoyable. Read full profile…

    Xuan Zhu

    Xuan Zhu

    MA International Relations | 2015-2016

    All my classmates are from different countries, so when we have discussions in the seminars it is just like a small UN meeting. Read full profile…

    Marwa Farid

    Marwa Farid

    MA Security, Terrorism and Insurgency | 2015 - 16

    There is also a strong focus on quality academic writing, which significantly improved my skills. Most of the modules are instructed in a seminar format. I was always looking forward to the classes to listen to the different opinions in the rooms. Read full profile…

    Ashraf Abbas

    Ashraf Abbas

    MA Global Development and Education | 2015-2016

    This Masters will help you develop the professional skills you need if you want to work in the field, and it will give you the opportunity to meet a hugely diverse group of driven, intelligent people. Read full profile…

    Victoria Hayles

    Victoria Hayles

    BA Politics | 2013-16

    The POLIS society is incredible for making friends on the course. In my first year, I went on their trip to Amsterdam, not knowing anyone, and came back with life-long friends, who I now consider my closest in Leeds! Read full profile…

    Oscar Cooper

    Oscar Cooper

    Joint Honours

    I feel in a general sense that I am more aware of the complex issues that Governments face, and having more knowledge around the two subjects means I feel much more able to understand current affairs and big decisions that effect us all. Read full profile…

    Rachel Opadiran

    Rachel Opadiran

    BA International Relations | 2014 - 17

    I like the balance between work and leisure at the University as there are a number of places to eat and socialise with friends: the Hidden Café is a hot spot for both students and staff. Read full profile…

    Madihah Khan

    Madihah Khan

    Joint Honours | 2013-16

    The most obvious skill that I have accomplished through studying here is the ability to critically assess different political and philosophical texts. I am now able to see the implications of such ideologies and also link them to other material on the course. Read full profile…

    Ioana Ene

    Ioana Ene

    BA International Relations | 2014-17

    I have enjoyed my course since my first lecture. I was especially impressed by how open the teachers are and by how, even though they are all specialists in their fields, they take their time and guide us through the learning process. Read full profile…

    Crissy Hall

    Politics and Parliamentary Studies | 2014

    I’m a very active member of Leeds RAG (Raise and Give). Last year, I took part in Jailbreak dressed as a banana which was one of the funniest and most challenging experiences of my life. I love how you can take part in some amazing experiences and raise money for worthy causes. Read full profile…

    Chinyere Ogwe

    Chinyere Ogwe

    Joint Honours | 2012-16

    I chose Leeds because I really like the city and I love the university. The university has a campus feel but it’s in a city so I really wanted that experience. Plus, I wanted to become more independent and experience life outside of London. Read full profile…

    Elizabeth Bell

    Elizabeth Bell

    BA Economics and Politics | 2013-2016

    Being able to balance my work load between two courses means I never get bored of doing just one subject. Read full profile…

    Aaron Cohen-Gold

    Aaron Cohen-Gold

    | 2012-2016

    PPS appealed to me right from the beginning. The opportunities it affords students through its third year programme in Washington, Ottowa and Westminster are second-to-none. Read full profile…

    Alex Brodie

    Alex Brodie

    BA Economics and Politics | 2012-2016

    The course has been a highly relevant and engaging one. Its focus has been not just on policy but also on ethics and theory which has allowed me to engage critically with the material. Read full profile…

    Samantha Magnus

    Samantha Magnus

    | 2012-2016

    There really aren’t any other courses like it available, and I have had an amazing time on it. Read full profile…

    Elena Prokopiou

    Elena Prokopiou

    BA Politics | 2013-2016

    I have enjoyed my course particularly because of the range of modules available to me. I like that we have such a free range to choose to study what interests us individually. Read full profile…

    Ileyas Mogeh

    Ileyas Mogeh

    BA Politics | 2014-2017

    You get to apply what you’ve learned in the course to current political affairs, which is always interesting because you have a thorough knowledge of what is happening around you, globally, nationally and locally. Read full profile…

    Luke Downham

    Luke Downham

    BA Politics | 2012-2016

    The tutors are also fantastic in guiding students through assessments, with extra office hours and assessment workshops enabling students to really develop their arguments. Read full profile…

    Alexander Jackson

    Alexander Jackson

    MA Politics | 2014-2015

    If you’re interested in politics, either on a purely personal level or as a potential career path, this course is for you. Read full profile…

    Andrew Wilson

    Andrew Wilson

    BA International Development | 2012 - 2016

    My experiences while on study abroad have increased my exposure to the development sector in, which allow me to build contacts and experience living and working in a very different setting. Read full profile…

    Nataliya Mykhalchenko

    Nataliya Mykhalchenko

    BA International Development | 2013 - 2016

    Overall, the course has greatly exceeded my expectations. All of my modules have been academically stimulating and the fact that I could choose my modules meant that I could both specialize in a subject that interests me and try out something new. Read full profile…

    Alison Victoria Shepherd

    Alison Victoria Shepherd

    BA International Development with Politics | 2007-2010

    I loved that Leeds had so much going on, both academically with seminars and lecturers almost every day- given by experts from both inside and outside the university- as well as socially, with a variety of clubs and societies for all interests. Read full profile…

    Nick Luscombe

    Nick Luscombe

    BA Economics and Politics | 2011-2015

    A work placement helps you to develop your working skills: time management, organisation and relationship management. Coming back to University, I have a greater awareness of what is to come after I graduate and how I can prepare for that. Read full profile…

    Laura Sparks

    Laura Sparks

    BA Politics | 2011 - 2014

    BA Politics was the perfect combination of contemporary analysis of current affairs and of more theoretical approaches to political science. I found that I had a great deal of choice and support so that I was able to follow my own specific interests. Read full profile…

    Thomas Lydon

    Thomas Lydon

    The highlight has to be working in Parliament itself – the building and the history that comes with it, spotting the politicians and journalists and seeing them in action. Read full profile…

    Abbie Booker

    | 2011-2015

    "I have learnt a huge amount on both placements- I have developed my writing style, networking and communication skills. I also have some great experience to add to my CV." Read full profile…

    Elliot Kratt

    Elliot Kratt

    BA International Relations | 2012 - 2015

    International Relations at Leeds provides a large amount of freedom to develop academically, with staff specialising in multiple fields willing to share their expertise and passion. Read full profile…

    Dr Gabriel Botchwey

    Dr Gabriel Botchwey

    PhD (Politics and Development) | 2008 - 2011

    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, and are keen to snap it up. Read full profile…

    Dan Pritchett

    Dan Pritchett

    BA Politics | 2010 - 2014

    In my third year I spent a year in Ankara, Turkey. It offered me the opportunity to test myself, learn about a culture so vastly different from my own, and also allowed me to pursue a more diverse set of topics. Read full profile…

    Georgiana Epure

    Georgiana Epure

    BA International Relations | 2013 - 2016

    The library has become my favourite place on campus. There are so many resources to access and these are not limited to books. As a University of Leeds student, I have access to a wide range of journal articles and a special collection of rare books and manuscripts. Also, the IT facilities are very helpful. Read full profile…

    Gemma Turnbull

    Gemma Turnbull

    BA International Development with International Relations

    I would wholeheartedly recommend study abroad to others. It is such an amazing opportunity to see the world, with very little hassle - especially when you have the study abroad office helping you through all the tricky details of visas, accommodation etc. Read full profile…

    Evie Stannard

    Evie Stannard

    BA Politics

    I fell in love with Leeds as soon as I visited, and knew the city would make a great home and study location. In addition, the BA Politics degree at Leeds was unique in comparison to others, with lots of choice in modules and a variety of study avenues. Read full profile…

    Bethany Gooding

    Bethany Gooding

    BA International Relations | 2012 - 2015

    Lecturers respond to any queries you have promptly, and are always happy to discuss essay plans to aid you in getting the most you can out of your studies. Read full profile…

    Benjamin Roback

    Benjamin Roback

    BA International Relations

    I cannot recommend studying abroad enough. I would say that the best experience you will have would be at The George Washington University. It will supersede any expectation you have, and your only disappointment will be leaving. Read full profile…

    Rory Stewart

    Rory Stewart

    International Relations (with work placement year) | 2010 - 2014

    BA International Relations is a fantastic course and the POLIS department is incredibly supportive of all academic and personal issues. The key piece of advice I would give is to take advantage of everything Read full profile…

    Troy Hill

    Troy Hill

    BA Politics | 2009 - 2012

    I really liked the diversity of my course. I was able to shape my learning in a way that allowed me to develop knowledge from politics in the Middle East and the Far East in Asia to the mechanics and bureaucracy behind the British central government. Read full profile…

    Emily Spurrell

    Emily Spurrell

    BA Politics and Parlimentary Studies | 2006 - 2010

    The year spent working in Washington and London was a great opportunity and I learnt so much from being able to see things as they happened. It was so exciting to see Obama elected and see the inner workings of Parliament. Read full profile…

    Krystina Mawer

    Krystina Mawer

    International Development and International Relations

    I would recommend anyone with an interest or looking to study International Development to study abroad in Ghana because it’s such a great chance to gain experience in the field, and gain new perspectives on the country. Read full profile…

    David Ahluwalia

    David Ahluwalia

    BA International Relations | 2009 - 2013

    I would highly recommend studying abroad, it really is as brilliant as everyone who goes makes it out to be, if not just for delaying graduating and heading out for the ‘real world’, but also for the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and meet students from around the globe. Read full profile…

    Alex Smethurst

    Alex Smethurst

    BA Politics and Parlimentary Studies | 2008 - 2011

    PPS really is a unique course and there’s nothing like it. I wanted experience in Parliament as I wanted to be working there after I graduated, so Leeds gave me a great step in the right direction. Read full profile…

    Richard Corbett

    Richard Corbett

    BA International Development with International Relations | 2011 - 2014

    The course so far has been great. I forget how much I’ve learnt until I start thinking about it, and realise that I have absorbed quite a lot of information and improved many skills. Read full profile…

    Robbie Scott

    Robbie Scott

    MA Global Development | 2011 - 2012

    The POLIS department has played a major role in securing me both paid and voluntary work as employers know that Leeds graduates have a reputation for adding value wherever they go. Read full profile…

    Gilberto Algar-Faria

    Gilberto Algar-Faria

    BA International Relations | 2008 - 2011

    My experience at University was an undoubtedly positive one, and probably the most important three years in my development so far. I loved my course and the way in which my degree has helped with my chosen career has been quite direct insofar as I am now pursuing academic research. Read full profile…

    Andrew Gunn

    Andrew Gunn

    PhD

    In September 2011, as part of the Research Mobility Programme, Andrew visited Professor Michael Mintrom in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Auckland. Read full profile…

    Danguole Kleinaityte

    Danguole Kleinaityte

    BA International Development with International Relations | 2008 - 2011

    My course was well structured. It helped me gain a broad understanding of international development and international relations related issues. POLIS staff were always helpful, attentive and well qualified. Read full profile…

    Ellen Care

    Ellen Care

    BA International Relations | 2009 - 2012

    I chose Leeds because the course was varied and covered a wide range of areas, with plenty of choice to follow my particular areas of interest. One of the highlights of my course was the opportunity to study abroad, which increased my independence and confidence. Read full profile…

    Denis Kovalento

    Denis Kovalento

    MA Development Studies | 2010 - 2011

    The course was great and very helpful for me in my professional development. I felt that no single day went to waste and realise that it was probably one of my best years so far. Read full profile…

    Sam Mohr

    Sam Mohr

    BA International Relations | 2010 - 2013

    The variety of modules and expertise of academics allows you to make the course your own and do whatever you want with it! Leeds is also a fun city to live in and the size of the university means there is something for everyone to get involved in. Read full profile…

    John Obiechina

    John Obiechina

    MA Global Development | 2011 - 2012

    It feels like a privilege to identify myself with the University and all it has to offer; the outstanding lecturers, the great facilities and the wonderful union. Read full profile…

    Richard Vale

    Richard Vale

    BA International Relations (European) | 2008 - 2012

    I like being able to switch on the news and apply what I’ve learnt in lectures and seminars to contemporary events – it’s always good to have a reminder that what you’re studying is relevant to everyday life. Read full profile…

    Chris Calland

    Chris Calland

    BA Political Studies (Politics) | 2002 - 2005

    I am now a Senior Account Director at London and Brussels-based PR and lobbying agency Hanover Communications, working with and for a host of clients on issues ranging from generating positive press coverage, to handling media relations, to advising on corporate reputation management and relations with Government and other stakeholders. Read full profile…

    Donna Quinn

    Donna Quinn

    Politics and Parliamentary Studies | 2009 - 2013

    I am now in the third year of my Politics and Parliamentary Studies degree and have spent the last semester on a placement in the United States Senate, working for Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland which has been the most incredible opportunity and amazing experience. Read full profile…

    Emily Harrisson

    Emily Harrisson

    BA International Development and Politics | 2008 - 2012

    During my sandwich year, I was an Inquiry Manager for the International Development Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee at the House of Commons. Read full profile…

    Samuel Barratt

    MA Politics (Parliamentary) | 2010 - 2011

    The opportunity to work in the Westminster Office of an MP allowed me to gain real experience which has helped my application stand out when applying for jobs. Read full profile…

    Emma Darkins

    Emma Darkins

    MA Politics (Parliamentary) | 2010 - 2011

    I am now, following the internship completed as part of my MA, working full time as a Parliamentary Assistant for Heather Wheeler MP for South Derbyshire. I work in her Westminster Office as her only member of staff based in London. Read full profile…

    Ruyi Dai

    Ruyi Dai

    Politics Erasmus

    One of the things that I'm most enjoying about my time here is all the activities organised by LUU (Students' Union). Read full profile…

    Frances Haycock

    Frances Haycock

    BA International Relations | 2009 - 2013

    I am currently working as a Sandwich Student in the Department of Chamber and Committee Services at the House of Commons. I think that the knowledge that I am developing on the work of Parliament will be applicable in my final year when I write my dissertation as I am certain that I will choose a topic that will relate to it. Read full profile…

    Alexandra Ablett Craven

    Alexandra Ablett Craven

    BA International Relations | 2009 - 2012

    I'm really looking forward to taking the module on Israel, as I have a particular interest in the Middle East in particular the Arab-Israeli conflict. I'm thinking about doing my dissertation on something related to that topic. Read full profile…

    Grace Wright

    Grace Wright

    MA Politics and Parliamentary Studies | 2010 - 2011

    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. Read full profile…

    Arian Nikkhah

    BA French and International Relations | 2009 - 2012

    Arian tells us about his experience on his study abroad year in Belgium and his time during his internships at the UK Mission to the United Nations, Geneva (Foreign & Commonwealth Office). Read full profile…

    Jonathan Groves

    Jonathan Groves

    International Relations

    During term I also got involved helping at a boy’s refuge in the Grahamstown Township, which was a thoroughly rewarding experience and a great insight into the diversity of culture and wealth that exists in South Africa. Read full profile…

    Charlotte Taylor

    Charlotte Taylor

    BA Political Studies (Politics) | 2008 - 2012

    I’d definitely recommend doing a placement to other students; it opens so many doors and allows you to meet contacts for the future. Read full profile…

    Hatem Efe

    Hatem Efe

    European Defence and Security | 2009 - 2010

    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. Read full profile…

    Will McDonald

    Will McDonald

    BA Politics and French | 1996 - 1999

    My degree gave me a base to build on when I came to joining the jobs market – even a decade later as a Special Adviser in Government I was drawing on some of the lessons I took from Leeds. Read full profile…

    Keith Yaxley

    Keith Yaxley

    BA Political Studies (BA Politics) | 2008 - 2011

    My internship gave me first-hand experience of what it's like to work for an international NGO and gave me a chance to see in practice some of the theoretical frameworks I had been studying during my degree. Read full profile…

    Vera Georgieva

    Vera Georgieva

    BA International Relations | 2007 - 2010

    Since graduation, I succeeded in an open competition organised by the European Personnel Selection Office of the EU and was offered a permanent post in the Directorate General of Internal Policies of the European Parliament. Read full profile…

    Sarah Fisher

    Sarah Fisher

    MA International Studies | 2004 - 2005

    I’m currently working as a Research & Communications Officer for Population and Sustainability Network, a network of international organisations promoting closer collaboration between development, environment and reproductive health organisations on population issues Read full profile…

    Josh Aulak

    Josh Aulak

    Politics and Parliamentary Studies | 2009 - 2013

    During the 2011/2012 academic year I will be working in the Canadian Parliament and the Westminster Parliament as part of my placement year. Read full profile…

    Adanna Ifeoma Egwuatu

    Adanna Ifeoma Egwuatu

    MA Global Development and Africa | 2010 - 2011

    I chose Global Development and Africa to get myself equipped for future responsibilities with regards to development in my country. Read full profile…

    Sidig Eltoum

    Sidig Eltoum

    MA Development Studies (Global Development) | 2009 - 2010

    I am currently working as consultant engaged in several developmental projects in the rapid changing geopolitical landscape of Sudan Read full profile…

    Lisa Steciuk

    Lisa Steciuk

    MA Conflict, Development and Security | 2009 - 2010

    Whilst studying for my MA I was accepted as a research intern in one of DIA’s partner organisations, Seva Mandir in Udaipur, India. Read full profile…

    Calum Inverarity

    Calum Inverarity

    BA International Development with International Relations | 2008 - 2012

    There have been many engaging and intellectually stimulating aspects to my studies in Leeds, in particular, modules in globalization and development practice have been especially interesting. Read full profile…

    Sarah Playfair

    Sarah Playfair

    Politics and Parliamentary Studies, Ottawa, Canada

    My time in Ottawa was unquestionably the best experience of my life. Ottawa is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to, and it was amazing to be able to live, work and have fun in such a wonderful place with such wonderful people. Read full profile…

    Calum Inverarity

    Calum Inverarity

    International Development with International Relations

    To try and summarise six months in a sentence, I would recommend anyone to do just as I have done! My passion for studying and learning has been stoked from my time in Ghana. Read full profile…

    Jaimini Patel

    Jaimini Patel

    BA Politics

    Without a shadow of a doubt I would recommend everyone who has the opportunity to study abroad to grab the chance with both hands. The experiences, friends and knowledge I gained from being out of my comfort zone were irreplaceable; I learnt so much more about everything and most importantly myself. Read full profile…

    Josh Saxby

    Josh Saxby

    BA Political Studies | 2008 - 2011

    I have really enjoyed being able to choose from a wide area of subjects, we are very lucky in POLIS to have such a wide area of academia to choose from. Read full profile…

    Simon Manda

    Simon Manda

    MA Global Development | 2010 - 2011

    The MA Global Development fits very well into my work and my personal aspirations. I have always wanted to become an expert, researcher, and Lecturer in development related issues. Read full profile…

    Victor Chambayika Mhango

    Victor Chambayika Mhango

    MA Development Studies | 2009 - 2010

    The guide throughout my studies and during dissertation writing was exceptional. Staff members are exceptionally warm hearted and always willing to help. Read full profile…

    Kator Abaagu

    Kator Abaagu

    MA Global Development | 2010 - 2011

    I look forward to every lecture I have. I appreciate the intellectual exchange that the course provokes, and the way the lectures are competently handled with each lecturer having a different approach to enhance student participation. Read full profile…

    Andrew Sutherland

    Andrew Sutherland

    MA Conflict, Development and Security | 2007 - 2009

    Andrew studied BA International Relations in Nottingham until 2006, then in 2007 started a part-time MA Conflict, Development and Security here in POLIS. Read full profile…

    Rabih Elkhodr

    Rabih Elkhodr

    MA Development Studies | 2008 - 2009

    Meeting and interacting with a wide range of fellow international students on the course was truly special; I would have never imagined making friends from Nigeria, Honduras, Hong Kong, Greece... Read full profile…

    Kim Harris

    Kim Harris

    BA International Development with Economics (Period Abroad) | 2006 - 2009

    BA International Development is a challenging, thought provoking course that's interesting and enjoyable at the same time. It provides you with a solid grounding and understanding of Development, which you can then use as you go into your chosen career. Read full profile…

    2nd Lt. Atle Ravndal

    2nd Lt. Atle Ravndal

    MA Security and Defence Analysis | 2001 - 2002

    What impressed me most was the dedication of the lecturers. They were always very helpful and full of inspiration, with a long list of publications and experience in their field. Read full profile…

    Abiodun Oluwaseun Bello

    Abiodun Oluwaseun Bello

    MA Development Studies | 2008 - 2009

    I was attracted to the MA in Development Studies because of the interdisciplinary focus in understanding the processes, and nature of development. It is an exciting course and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a career path in Development Studies. Read full profile…

    Habila Makanumeso Istifanus

    Habila Makanumeso Istifanus

    MA International Studies | 2008 - 2009

    I chose to study at POLIS as the course fits very well with my ambition. It covers many different international issues and provides the experience of interacting with people from different diverse backgrounds. Read full profile…

    Dawn Jackson

    Dawn Jackson

    MA Democratic Studies | 2005 - 2006

    If you like to explore ideas about how state and society organises itself and political representation then MA Democratic Studies is an excellent course to take. Read full profile…

    Fraser Buffini

    Fraser Buffini

    MA European Politics: Defence and Security Analysis | 2007 - 2008

    MA European Politics: Defence and Security Analysis has helped my career immensely. I am now interning with the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe's Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. I hear I was chosen over the other candidates very much due to my MA degree. Read full profile…

    Rebecca Robinson

    Rebecca Robinson

    MA Democratic Studies | 2005 - 2006

    MA Democratic Studies more than met my expectations, I still think that it was one of the best decisions I ever made! Read full profile…

    Ashley Connick

    Ashley Connick

    BA European Parliamentary Studies | 2006 - 2009

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my course – I expected it to stretch me, to increase my understanding of how the political world works, and to enjoy learning about politics in general. It has certainly lived up to all of these! Read full profile…

    Roger Tyers

    Roger Tyers

    MA Democratic Studies | 2007 - 2008

    If you have an interest in democracy, its historical evolution as well the contemporary dilemmas associated with 'spreading' or 'encouraging' democracy in the wider world, MA Democratic Studies is ideal. Read full profile…

    Jonathan Woodthorpe

    Jonathan Woodthorpe

    MA Democratic Studies | 2007 - 2008

    I had a great time at Leeds and, if I had the opportunity, I would do it all again. Read full profile…

    Cllr Ben Chastney

    Cllr Ben Chastney

    MA Democratic Studies | 2005 - 2006

    I would certainly say studying for the MA Democratic Studies has advanced my career. The skills of debating and critical analysis developed during this course would be helpful to anyone and I certainly find them of consistent use. Read full profile…

    Stefano Stortone

    Stefano Stortone

    MA (RES) Democratic Studies | 2006 - 2007

    The whole MA was fantastic as I had the perfect balance between theoretical and methodological courses. Read full profile…

    Laura Wilkinson

    Laura Wilkinson

    MA European Parliamentary Studies | 2007 - 2008

    I would highly recommend MA European Parliamentary Studies for anyone wanting to pursue a political career in Brussels. The placement enabled me to develop skills vital for working in a political office and I was then able to secure a permanent post within the Parliament. Read full profile…

    Alisher Karimov

    Alisher Karimov

    MA Democratic Studies | 2005 - 2006

    My expectations of MA Democratic Studies were completely matched not just in term of academic experience but also in terms of interaction with my course mates. Read full profile…

    Anna Shepherd

    Anna Shepherd

    MA Democratic Studies | 2005 - 2006

    Anyone considering the MA in Democratic Studies should jump at the chance. We should all have the opportunity to have the time and space to develop our own ideas and opinions under the support of inspirational subjects and tutors, which this MA gave me. Read full profile…

    Andrew Sutherland

    Andrew Sutherland

    MA Conflict, Development and Security | 2nd (Part-time)

    I get to sit in Seminars with people from all around the world and their viewpoints are illuminating and enriching. Read full profile…

    Manuela Honga

    Manuela Honga

    MA European Union and Development Studies | 2007 - 2008

    What amazed me the most was the libraries, full of books that you could never imagine you will find, the library online as well really useful : simply brilliant! Read full profile…

    Chris York

    Chris York

    MA Conflict Development and Security (part time) | 2007 - 2009

    "The course content is challenging and really interesting and because of the nature of international relations it is constantly evolving." Read full profile…

    Simon Peter Okoshi

    Simon Peter Okoshi

    MA Conflict, Development and Security | 2005 - 2006

    I strongly recommend POLIS, given the experienced teaching staff, well-stocked libraries and outstanding alumni that the school has produced over the years. Read full profile…

    Brenda Peter

    Brenda Peter

    MA European Union and Development Studies | 2008 - 2009

    "Its been two weeks into the course and I am amazed at the wealth of knowledge Leeds University offers, I am getting more than I had expected." Read full profile…

    Chris Wylde

    Chris Wylde

    PhD | 2005 - 2009

    "I chose Leeds due to the fact that I had some personal contact with some of the tutors prior to coming here, and felt that this, combined with their expertise, would provide the best team given my PhD proposal." Read full profile…

    Georg Vogt

    Georg Vogt

    Erasmus Student | 2007 - 2008

    "I have really enjoyed the intensive communications with lecturers." Read full profile…

    David Clements

    David Clements

    BA Politics and Parliamentary Studies | 2004 - 2008

    I got a really good vibe from the University and POLIS. I knew this was my first choice if they accepted me, which luckily they did! Read full profile…

    Georgina Curtis

    BA Political Studies | 2005 - 2008

    I would definitely recommend studying Politics at Leeds. Not only is there huge variety in the modules you can choose but the POLIS staff are amazing. They were always there to help and very approachable. Read full profile…

    Sophie Carter

    BA International Relations | 2005 - 2008

    I thoroughly enjoyed the course, it exceeded all my expectations. Read full profile…

    Juliette Gerstein

    Juliette Gerstein

    BA Politics and Parliamentary Studies | 2004 - 2008

    I really enjoyed my dissertation. I liked the freedom to have a really in-depth study of something that I was really interested in. Read full profile…

    Nuran Torun

    Nuran Torun

    Erasmus Exchange Programme | 2007 - 2008

    I loved my modules and module teachers, friends, and discovering the UK. I feel that it was one of my best decisions to come and have that experience both in academic and general life terms. Read full profile…

    Rene Priess

    Rene Priess

    MA International Political Economy | 2007 - 2008

    I really enjoyed the great mix of people and the great access to academic staff. Read full profile…

    Ralueke E. Atusiubah

    Ralueke E. Atusiubah

    MA Theatre and Development Studies | 2007 - 2008

    If you are coming from a country where the system of education is different just be determined to excel and I assure you, you will make it. Read full profile…

    Marios Erotokritou

    Marios Erotokritou

    MA European Parliamentary Studies | 2007 - 2008

    The Brussels placement with an MEP helped me to realise the importance of the knowledge I gained whilst at the University of Leeds. Read full profile…

    Milcah Lalam

    Milcah Lalam

    MA Theatre and Development Studies | 2007 - 2008

    I chose POLIS because it is well recognized for its strong research background in development issues and has experienced renowned lecturers. Read full profile…

    Neil Todd Bulleyment

    Neil Todd Bulleyment

    MA Terrorism and Security | 2007 - 2008

    I looked at many different courses which had either an international relations/ terrorism/ security angle and settled upon this at Leeds due to its location and reputation. Read full profile…

    Tim Page

    Tim Page

    PhD student: Redefining state roles and identities amongst post-cold war security | 2006 - 2010

    "POLIS 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, Central Asian and Russian politics." Read full profile…

    Dr Ahmed Mukhtar Gamal Eldin

    Dr Ahmed Mukhtar Gamal Eldin

    PhD: The management of internal displacement in Sudan | 2000 - 2004

    Many of my best university lecturers in Sudan graduated from Leeds and spoke very highly about the University. This encouraged me, and when I came to Leeds I learned so much and enjoyed the city and its friendly and easy life." Read full profile…

    Alexandra Marsh

    Alexandra Marsh

    BA International Relations | Graduated 2005

    I most enjoyed getting to extensively learn about topics you are genuinely interested in and having the professionals around you to help with that. Being around lecturers with the same passion for subjects as you was great. I also liked the intimate feeling you got from POLIS – felt a bit like school. Read full profile…

    Saoirse Townshend

    Saoirse Townshend

    BA Politics and Parliamentary Studies | Fourth Year

    The year abroad was definitely the best bit – meeting new people, working in political institutions on policy work and travelling America was so much fun! Read full profile…

    Min-Hyoung Park

    Min-Hyoung Park

    PhD student | 2006 - 2010

    There are a few Professors who are experts on security fields in some universities, but my first Supervisor, Professor Christoph Bluth, is an expert on Korean Security in the UK. Thus, I made up my mind to study at Leeds. Read full profile…

    Calum Carson

    Calum Carson

    BA Political Studies | 2005 - 2008

    A university ethos is focused on self-motivation and ensuring yourself that you meet deadlines for work. It takes some getting used to, but it makes for a much relaxed atmosphere, and provides you with key organisational and time-keeping skills that you will need after university. Read full profile…

    Ruth Leather

    Ruth Leather

    BA International Development | 2005 - 2008

    Picking a course and a university is a very stressful time and I would like to help make that decision easier for students by answering any questions they might have that only current students can answer. Read full profile…

    Rosemary Page

    Rosemary Page

    BA Political Studies | 2005 - 2008

    When I came to look round, I loved the atmosphere around campus. I liked the course because it is so flexible and the modules appealed to me. Read full profile…

    Jack Gardener

    Jack Gardener

    BA Political Studies | 2005 - 2008

    There are loads of societies, events, elections, committees and sport teams to get involved with and you can organise brilliant parties and meet loads of people. Read full profile…

    David Horsfall

    David Horsfall

    BA Geography and Politics | 2005 - 2008

    Leeds was a really reputable university that offered a wide range of courses that interested me. It is a big university and a vibrant city, yet it seemed informal and approachable. Read full profile…

    Charlotte Snelling

    Charlotte Snelling

    BA Political Studies | 2005 - 2008

    The course also appeared well organised with a clear structure, which gave me a good idea of what I would actually be doing if I came to Leeds. Read full profile…

    Avnish Raichura

    Avnish Raichura

    BA International Relations | 2006 - 2009

    Dr David Hall-Matthews teaches my Government and Politics of India module. He has the ability to explain the most complicated issues in the simplest way. Read full profile…

    Joe Barnsley

    Joe Barnsley

    BA Politics and Parliamentary Studies | 2006 - 2009

    The new thing this year is to get the political societies involved. Every week, we're going to interview a chair or spokesperson for a society that wants to get their message out – profile them, so to speak. Read full profile…

    Richard Wiltshire

    Richard Wiltshire

    BA International Studies | 1993 - 1997

    BA International Studies offered so much. It was a very stimulating course in itself but made even more so by the exciting political events of the period. Read full profile…

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