University of Leeds, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences, and Law

Introduction

Welcome to the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law.

We are one of the largest faculties in the University of Leeds.

Our wide range of research-informed courses encompass undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research degree programmes, as well as online and professional development courses.

The Faculty's research in the social sciences is internationally rated. We host major research and interdisciplinary centres. Our students and staff also benefit from excellent links with key international organisations and institutions.

With the support of our dedicated and highly-reputed staff, we can help you to achieve your full potential. We know that you will enjoy your time at Leeds and look forward to working with you.

Professor Jeremy Higham, Dean of Faculty

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MA Gender Studies

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

If you choose an MA in Gender Studies, you will engage with challenging, cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of developments within contemporary thought. [+]

MA Gender Studies Gender Studies is an exciting area of scholarship. Drawing insights from across many academic disciplines, Gender Studies explores the dynamics of relations between women and men in the past, present and future. If you choose an MA in Gender Studies, you will engage with challenging, cutting-edge ideas at the forefront of developments within contemporary thought. Our MA in Gender Studies is distinctive in the wide range of disciplines and theoretical and methodological perspectives that contribute to the programme, and in the number of options available to you as a student. By the end of the course, you will have an advanced understanding of the nature of gender studies, its interdisciplinary frameworks and the range of theoretical perspectives and methods. You will also have the ability to analyse social and cultural phenomena through the lens of gender in a way that appreciates a range of disciplinary perspectives. You will have specific knowledge of some aspects of gender studies, both theoretical and applied, and the ability to conduct a piece of individual research, using appropriate conceptual frameworks and methods, on an aspect of gender studies. Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Studies Available on a 12-month full-time or 24-month part-time basis, the Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Studies covers similar ground to the MA, but does not include the dissertation module. On the basis of a good performance in a full-time student's first semester, or a part-timer's first year, students initially registered for the Diploma may be transferred onto the corresponding MA.... [-]

MA Global Development

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

MA Global Development is an introduction to the cross-disciplinary field of global development. It provides an overview of alternative theoretical approaches in the analysis of development. [+]

MA Global Development MA Global Development offers you ... a flexible, cross disciplinary programme critical perspectives on theories and practices in global development research-led teaching by staff who are practically engaged in their field of study and have extensive experience of teaching postgraduates the stimulation of studying with a diverse group of students from around the world. If you want to … examine issues of global poverty and injustice critically debate topical development issues challenge and contest mainstream ideas on global development combine theoretical discussions with learning practical skills in development research and management ... then consider MA Global Development. MA Global Development is an introduction to the cross-disciplinary field of global development. It provides an overview of alternative theoretical approaches in the analysis of development, and examines their differing policy and practice implications, with a particular focus on low and mid-income country contexts. The course is an opportunity to learn about and analyse the major socio-economic and political changes that have characterised global development in recent decades. It offers debate and insight into topical issues in a rapidly changing field, combining theoretical analyses with detailed discussion of how theories and strategies affect people and impact on poverty and well being in specific local contexts. You will learn development research skills, whether from a programme or advocacy perspective, and explore the principles of project management. 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... [-]

MA International Educational Management

Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

The course provides a deeper understanding of education management and leadership theory and practice from an international comparative perspective. [+]

MA International Educational Management This specialist programme is suitable for experienced educators, including teachers, school leaders, lecturers, governors, ministry officials, administrators, school inspectors, and students of development, or officials from international contexts with current, or prospective, management responsibilities in schools, further or higher education. If you work in a senior educational leadership role, or aspire to such a position, the MA International Educational Management will help you address the issues central to the management and leadership of schools, colleges and higher education institutions in national policy contexts. As the programme includes participants from across the world, we are able to make use of such varied student expertise and knowledge to enrich the learning experience of the whole group. Academic study is further enriched through educational visits to government departments and local schools. An emphasis is placed on the critical application of contemporary education theories to practical challenges and case studies relevant to students’ own cultures and workplace environments. The course provides a deeper understanding of education management and leadership theory and practice from an international comparative perspective. Students will develop conceptual insights essential to effective leadership and management practice, along with academic skills in educational research and academic writing as a foundation for further study at doctoral level. The diversity of the group also facilitates the development of intercultural competency and communication skills, essential to educational leaders in a globalised world. Why study with us? There are several MA degrees offered in Educational Leadership at various higher education institutions throughout... [-]

MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

This distinctive Masters programme directly addresses the complex nature of the Politics and International Relations of the Middle East. [+]

MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East *For 2015 entry* MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East offers you … an advanced understanding of the issues of security, economy and society across the Middle East a comprehensive analysis of the ever-changing dynamics of this complex region an interdisciplinary programme drawn from an international relations and comparative politics perspective If you want to … examine the pressing contemporary issues facing the Middle East gain an insight into the internal dimensions of the region and their links with regional and extra-regional relations a programme which is both academically cutting-edge and policy relevant at a time when the middle is undergoing radical change … then consider MA International Relations and Politics of the Middle East. "This is a fascinating programme that offers an in depth analysis of this vital region, delivered by an expert academic team." Dr Alan Craig This distinctive Masters programme directly addresses the complex nature of the Politics and International Relations of the Middle East, enabling you to gain an insight into the internal dimensions of the region and their links with regional and extra-regional relations. Covering a range of approaches from the disciplines of Politics, Comparative Politics and International Relations it addresses the security, economic, identity and political dynamics of the region. The programme is of interest to students/practitioners wishing to study these issues in more depth and to make comparisons across the region. Career Possibilities There is a growing market from employers for graduates... [-]

MA Politics

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

MA Politics offers a thorough understanding of contemporary political issues with some of the most cutting edge, research-led teaching on offer. [+]

MA Politics MA Politics offers you ... a firm grounding in political analysis a critical insight in the defining events and dynamics of modern society a rigorous grounding in the dominant paradigms of political science an ability to personalise your programme. If you want to ... study in an intellectually vigorous environment participate in a dynamic research atmosphere access expertise in electoral and representative politics or regional specialisms ... then consider MA Politics. "MA Politics offers a thorough understanding of contemporary political issues with some of the most cutting edge, research-led teaching on offer." David Seawright, Politics Academic Group Leader. The early 21st century has witnessed a dramatic transformation of the global political landscape, with rapidly shifting regime change and new types of political actor transcending national borders. MA Politics draws on the unique range of country and conceptual expertise in the School of Politics and International Studies to provide a programme which builds on core political analysis to allow you, with the support of staff in the School, to tailor your academic module selection to suit your expectations of the qualification. On graduation, you will have built a portfolio of in-depth study of many of the defining events and dynamics of modern society, across Europe, North America, Africa and Asia, providing an understanding of the world that will prove invaluable in either further academic study or as professional knowledge in the relevant postgraduate career. You will study Advanced Political Analysis, which provides a rigorous grounding in the dominant paradigms... [-]

MA Social Research

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

The programme covers a wide range of social research philosophies, strategies, techniques and issues, and is based on the integration of theory and practice. [+]

MA Social Research Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Our MA in Social Research provides the training that all ESRC-funded PhD students must undertake in Year One. If you want... a critical understanding of social research strategies… familiarity with the relationships between research, practice and policy… to develop specialist knowledge in quantitative and qualitative methods… to create a portfolio of 'hands-on' methodological skills and competencies… embark upon academic PhD research or policy-focused research in a social research institute or government agency… …then MA Social Research is the programme for you. MA in Social Research at Leeds provides in-depth academic training in social research. The programme covers a wide range of social research philosophies, strategies, techniques and issues, and is based on the integration of theory and practice. It provides access to a good range of relevant transferable skills in social research, and includes the production of a research dissertation. In the last decade, there has been enormous growth in the social research enterprise. Although different research environments, such as academic departments or governmental agencies, have distinctive research cultures, there is an increasing emphasis on the production of high quality, rigorous and meaningful research by professionally trained researchers. We designed the MA in Social Research to provide such training, and the course will interest people pursuing, or enhancing, a research-related career in a wide range of settings. Key Information Start Date: September Duration: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time Entry requirements: A good honours degree in a social... [-]

MA TESOL

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 United Kingdom Leeds + 1 more

One of the UK’s most respected TESOL programmes, in one of the biggest TESOL departments, the programme has helped students develop their professional careers for nearly three decades. [+]

MA TESOL One of the UK’s most respected TESOL programmes, in one of the biggest TESOL departments, the programme has helped students develop their professional careers for nearly three decades. MA TESOL is a one year full-time, or two years part-time, programme for experienced TESOL professionals, such as teachers, teacher trainers, language school directors, curriculum developers, inspectors, lecturers and materials writers. Most students leave the course feeling professionally confident and competent, and many are able to find more responsible, higher status work with their MA qualification. Why study with us? The MA TESOL offers a comprehensive programme of academic and professional development. Because we’re a large department we can provide a particularly wide range of courses, and our staff have experience of working in many different global TESOL contexts. We’re also known for our excellent academic and social support, which means students can quickly settle into life in Leeds, feel part of a welcoming, lively learning community, and form lasting friendships with colleagues from around the world. The programme effectively has three parts: in Semester 1, students study two core modules, while also doing a practice assignment, academic skills training, and taking part in a weekly TESOL forum with all other TESOL students. In Semester 2, students do various optional modules, and also study research methods. From June to August, students will be mainly working on their dissertation (critical study) with the support of a tutor; this is usually a research project on a topic of particular interest. During term... [-]