This Masters programme aims to provide you with the expertise and skills required to pursue a fruitful career within an international organisation and their member states, or a non-governmental organisation operating within global politics. You will gain training in the practices, institutions, and processes that address the key global challenges of our time: security and conflict, climate change, migration, gender equality, humanitarian assistance, health, poverty, economic stability, development and education.
Throughout the programme, you will gain a deeper understanding of the governance regimes that seek to address global challenges and will develop knowledge of the diplomatic practices of states operating in these regimes and the politics underpinning such practices.
You will also benefit from the research expertise and experience of staff contributing to the programme. Our staff have experience working with major international bodies such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, UNICEF, the United Nations (UN), Joint Office for Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), the G7, the Global Fund, and the World Bank.

Course content

Compulsory modules will introduce you to the governance regimes that regulate and inform practice related to the global challenges and will allow you to develop the skills required to conduct everyday tasks within the diplomacy of international organisations, their member states and related civil society organisations.

Your dissertation will then allow you to critically examine an issue related to international practice.

The range of optional modules will allow you to gain specialised knowledge of particular global challenges and the related governance structure and diplomatic practices.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time.


Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Diplomatic Practice
  • Global Governance
  • POLIS MA Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Engaging the Modern City: The Civic Researcher
  • Global Governance through Law
  • Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
  • Education in Development
  • Gender, Globalisation and Development
  • Global Inequalities and Development
  • International Relations and the Environment
  • Global Justice

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Honours) or a non-UK equivalent in social sciences.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.


For the latest information regarding fees, please see our website: https://courses.leeds.ac.uk

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.

Career opportunities

This course provides students with the skills, experience and expertise required to pursue a fruitful career within international organisations and their member states, or non-governmental organisations.

Careers Support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.

Program taught in:
  • English

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