Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

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School of Politics and International Studies
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MA by research

About the MA by research

If you have a longstanding interest in a particular political or international studies field, possibly related to your occupation or other significant experience, then an MA by Research may be suitable for you.


  • Full-time: one year.
  • Part-time: two years.


This type of study works through close one-to-one supervision, tailored specifically to the needs of the project and the student. You research and write a thesis of approximately 30,000 words on a subject of your choice. The School offers no broad research training for students that register for this degree. MA by Research candidates are not eligible for transfer to MPhil or PhD.

Leeds Doctoral College

Leeds Doctoral College brings together the support and enhancement opportunities available to you as a postgraduate researcher. Such opportunities include training, dedicated study spaces, language support and career development.

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Research Student Profiles
If you want to find out more about the research topics being undertaken by our current PhD students, why not take a look at our research student profiles.

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