Challenge yourself and become an expert in your field at a world-top 100 university (QS World University Rankings 2020). Join us and you’ll be part of a thriving research community, with more than 3,000 talented postgraduate researchers at its heart.
Established in 1904, we are a founding member of the Russell Group and in the UK top 10 for research power (REF 2014). We are a global institution, attracting students, researchers, academics and research partners from all over the world and are one of the 40 most international universities in the world (Times Higher Educational World University Rankings 2019).
Whatever your field of interest, as a postgraduate researcher you’ll be part of a community of researchers at the forefront of their subject who will challenge, inspire and support you.
Work with leading thinkers, push the boundaries of knowledge and contribute to research that matters. We’re engaged in world-class research across a wide range of disciplines. Our postgraduate researchers are an integral part of this, helping push back the boundaries of knowledge in new and exciting ways.
The world faces large and complex problems. Here at Leeds we bring together researchers from different disciplines and backgrounds to combine excellence and create an environment where world-leading research can flourish. Our research tackles the big issues affecting today’s world. Imagine chemotherapy treatment with fewer side effects, self-repairing cities, and easing global water scarcity. We work collaboratively with local, national and international partners from business, local government, charities and other institutions to pool expertise and push the boundaries of knowledge.
Our outstanding facilities provide an excellent platform for your research and enhance your academic experience, whatever your specialism. Some of the UK’s leading research centres are based at the University and we’re investing heavily to realise the potential of new technologies. We are home to the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, Centre for Cultural Value, the Centre for Immersive Technologies and the M&S Company Archive to name a few. Our Special Collections are a unique resource for primary research we are the only library with five collections awarded ‘designated status’ by Arts Council England. Our excellent academic study facilities, including one of the UK’s leading academic research libraries, will support you during your research.
Share your research and connect with experts. Build your profile, networks and skills to shape your future. We offer connections and training opportunities to help you realise your professional goals, whatever you decide to do next. As a researcher at Leeds, you can make connections, develop a range of professional skills and knowledge that can be useful in your career, through specialist raining including high-level transferable skills, helping you stand out in the job market.
When you come to Leeds you’re joining a vibrant and welcoming community of researchers from around the world. You’ll find a host of opportunities to connect with others academically and socially, and there’s help on hand if you need it. Our dedicated Leeds Doctoral College supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.
Leeds has all you can expect from a major city and is surrounded by beautiful, accessible countryside. Our campus is located just a few minutes’ walk from Leeds city centre, giving you all the benefits of studying at a campus university and living close to a lively cosmopolitan city.
We have a number of postgraduate scholarships available to home, EU and international students: we recommend you visit the funding section of our research opportunities directory to find out more.
We also have a number of externally funded research opportunities including our Doctoral Training Partnerships and Centres for Doctoral Training.
If you’re a former student of the University of Leeds you could be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary.
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The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures brings together a range of disciplines from the traditional arts and humanities subjects to the visual and performing arts. As one of the largest and most diverse arts and humanities faculty in the UK, our research projects range widely by period, geography and theme but are united by their focus on innovation, academic rigour and global reach.
-School of Design
-School of English
-School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
-School of History
-School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
-School of Media and Communication
-School of Music
-School of Performance and Cultural Industries
-School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science
-Institute for Medieval Studies
-Inter-disciplinary Ethics Applied
The Faculty of Biological Sciences (FBS) at the University of Leeds (www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk, and www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/research) is one of the largest in the UK, with over 150 academic staff and over 400 postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students. The Faculty is ranked 4th in the UK (Nature Journal, 457 (2009) doi :10.1038/457013a) based on results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). The RAE feedback noted that "virtually all outputs were assessed as being recognized internationally, with many (60%) being internationally excellent or world-leading". The feedback also commended the quality of postgraduate training. FBS offers superb facilities and a high quality research training environment for all areas including agriculture, animal and plant sciences, biochemistry and molecular biology, bioinformatics, ecology and evolution, genetics, microbiology, neurosciences, pharmacology and physiology, and structural molecular biology. Its research grant portfolio totals some £60M and funders include charities, research councils, the European Union and industry.
FBS is made up of three schools (Molecular and Cellular Biology; Biomedical Sciences; Biology). There are also a number of Research Centres (the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology, the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation, and the Centre for Plant Sciences) and major research groupings that cover such diverse areas as Biomembranes, Biomechanics and Comparative Physiology, Infectious Diseases/Molecular Microbiology, Ecology, Evolution and the Environment, Molecular and Cell Biology, Muscle, Neurosciences, Plant Research (including Agriculture) and Structural Biology. There are strong interdisciplinary connections between the constituent Institutes and Centres and with the research schools within the Leeds General Infirmary and St James' University Hospital.
Leeds University Business School was ranked ninth in the UK for the quality of its business research in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), with 82% of the research submitted judged to be either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. As part of a Russell Group university, innovative and challenging research is at the heart of what we do.
As a postgraduate researcher you will be asked to challenge thinking and contribute fully to the advancement of knowledge within the Business School. In return we will encourage you to undertake research training, help you publish your findings, and give you the support you need to complete your dissertation or thesis.
We are part of the ESRC-accredited White Rose Doctoral Training Centre in partnership with the Universities of Sheffield and York; delivering excellent supervision, first class training and access to a vibrant network of researchers.
We are among only 1% of business schools globally to have achieved the prestigious 'triple accreditation' from the world's leading accreditation bodies: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. We are also accredited by the CIPD, BPS and IOE.
The School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering is ranked number 3 in the UK after Cambridge and Oxford (2008 RAE); an impressive 80% of our research activity rated internationally excellent or world leading.
Over the last seven years our research income has totalled over £36 million, this has been matched with over £9m for infrastructure development also £9.9m funding in addition to research income. Strongly interdisciplinary in nature we have strong collaborative links with other University of Leeds schools and departments, as well as with other academic institutes and industry around the world.
Research within the School is carried out in three major research institutes and we also contribute to work in the interdisciplinary Centre for Computational Fluid Dynamics and the Nanomanufacturing Institute. The core of our research centres on the exploitation of chemical and physical processes in the sustainable conversion or transformation of raw materials into either energy resources or into commercially-relevant high value-added products, serving the needs of the consumer, energy, healthcare and transport market sectors.
Energy and Resources Research Institute
Our research centres around helping to create cleaner, greener, sustainable future energy and is dynamically involved in many areas of energy and resource systems and applications. Research ranges from sustainable energy and future fuels, sustainable resource management, conventional and novel combustion processes, pollution monitoring and refinement, to developing biomass and waste resources and processes for use in tomorrow's technologies. Fire research is also a strong component of our research portfolio.
Institute for Materials Research
Our research covers a wide-range of advanced inorganic and metallic materials, with a specific focus on the developing application-specific materials through control of the interactions between processing, microstructure and properties. The focus of our current work is in functional materials (electro-ceramic, carbon, fibre optic and photonic materials) and structural materials (steel, carbon and refractories) together with characterisation using electron optics and modelling of materials structure and processes.
Institute of Particle Science and Engineering
Our research is involved with fundamental and applied research into particles and particulate systems through studies involving modelling, measurement and manufacture. Work has rapidly expanded from its base in chemicals, mineral and process engineering into emerging areas such as pharmaceutical engineering and nanotechnology. We addresses the following general themes: colloid and interfacial engineering, multi-scale and systems modelling, pharmaceutical and fine chemicals processing, mineral and waste processing, powder and formulation engineering and in-process measurement and control of process systems.
The School of Chemistry has a strong, internationally-renowned research activity, supported by top-class facilities. Ranked 4th equal in the UK for research impact in the 2014 REF the School currently has over 30 research-active staff, over 50 postdoctoral fellows and over 100 research students.
The Postgraduate Studies page provides details of how to apply for a studentship in the School.
Research in the School is carried out in six main research groups;
Atmospheric and Planetary Chemistry
Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
Colour and Polymer Science
Computational Chemistry and Chemical Physics
Crystallisation and Directed Assembly
Process Research and Development
Membership of the groups cuts across the traditional teaching sections - Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry - in the School. The research themes of these groups are all at the disciplinary interfaces of chemistry with: physics, geology and biology; biology and medicine; physics and mathematics; materials science and medicine and chemical engineering.
As one of the largest Civil Engineering schools in the UK we have an established track record in the field. With 40 academic and research staff and nearly 700 students we are a major player in the field of civil engineering, educating students in the areas of civil, structural and environmental engineering, architectural technology, project management, infrastructure and asset management and waste management.
We have long established links with industry and other international organisations, both in the UK and overseas. Staff have conducted research in the UK with, for example, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); The Department of Health, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and internationally with the Department for International Development; and for a number of the Directorates of the European Union.
Our research is organised into two research institutes and includes research in the areas of structures, materials, geotechnics, construction management, architectural engineering, environmental engineering and healthcare.
Institute of Resilient Infrastructure (iRI) includes the following research themes:
• Optimisation and reliability in structural design
• Characterisation and application of smart materials, low carbon materials, recycled and reused materials
• Sustainable use of materials
• Knowledge management within management within the construction industry
• Holistic design of a sustainable built environment
• Environmental geotechnics
• Construction processes
Pathogen Control Engineering Institute (PaCE) includes the following research themes:
• Water supply and sanitation in developing countries
• Aerobiology and Infection Control
• Solid waste management
• Water and wastewater engineering
• Contaminated land and ground water
Research activity takes place across many different countries and we have a strong reputation for our pioneering work in developing countries - ranging from the treatment of waste and wastewater in tropical climates and the development of energy centres in India, to the design of low-cost housing in Malaysia and Brazil. Research is funded by government departments, international and national organisations and industry. We have also championed the development of interdisciplinary research with, for example, the School of Chemistry, the Faculty of Biological Sciences, the School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering Materials, the Institute of Transport Studies (ITS) and the School of Earth and Environment.
All academic staff are research active and have extensive knowledge and expertise accumulated over time, many of whom are leading experts in their chosen fields of specialisation. There are currently approximately 60 research students within School.
The School of Computing is ranked in the top 10 computing departments in the UK based on the quality of its research (2008 Research Assessment Exercise); an impressive 80% of our research activity rated as internationally excellent or world-leading.
We have an established track record of high quality research in the foundations of computer science and in a variety of applied and multidisciplinary settings, with particular expertise in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Biological Systems and Computational and Systems Sciences.
With 70 academic and research staff and over 400 students we are a major player in the field of computer science.
Research in the School is funded to the level of several million pounds per annum. We are funded from a variety of sources including UK Research Councils, the European Union, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other industrial sources.
As well as conducting research in the foundations of computer science, we also undertake research in a variety of applied and multidisciplinary settings. We have excellent connections with many other disciplines including Biology, Mathematics, Earth Sciences and Modern Languages, as well as links with industry (for example, Shell, British Telecom and Rolls-Royce).
Research activity in the School of Computing is organised into two research institutes:
Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Biological Systems including research in Biosystems, Computer Vision; Medical Imaging; Knowledge, Representation and Reasoning; Natural Language Processing, Scheduling and Constraints.
Institute for Computational and Systems Sciences including research in Algorithms and Complexity, Distributed Systems and Services, Scientific Computation, Visualization and Virtual Reality, Web Science.
The School of Earth and Environment has one of the largest research clusters of Earth, environmental and social scientists in the UK and internationally. Our research mission is to combine world-class Earth and environmental sciences with environmental social sciences in both fundamental and applied research. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise (REF 2014) our peers confirmed our place as one of the best research establishments in Earth and environmental science and praised our world leading publication record in many areas.
Each year we recruit over 50 highly motivated and able graduate students who are committed to becoming independent researchers. If you have, or are expecting to graduate with a First or Upper Second Class degree (or equivalent), we would welcome an application from you. We are also particularly interested in applications from Masters students.
The School has a very stimulating, diverse, and cosmopolitan research community within a large research-led University; over a third of our students are international or from other countries within the EU.
The School is ranked number 1 in the UK (2008 Research Assessment Exercise); with an impressive 80% of our research activity rated as internationally excellent or World leading. And with 50 academic staff and over 400 students from around the world we are also one of the UK’s largest (research-led) Electronic and Electrical Engineering schools.
Founded over 100 years ago, the School has a wide multi-racial and multi-cultural student body, and our philosophy is to strive for excellence in both research and teaching within a supportive, student-centred environment. We pride ourselves in having recruited the best academics in the world to Leeds. Their international reputations mean that we can attract millions of pounds for research funding. We use this money and expertise not only to direct cutting-edge research programmes but also to enhance the most relevant and innovative postgraduate taught courses.
We therefore welcome the very best postgraduate students (taught and research) from around the globe, and while our standards are very high, if you think that you might be up to the challenge then we encourage you to join us here at Leeds.
As a research-led School, our core philosophy is to ensure that top quality research informs and enhances the learning and teaching experience. Our research activities are extremely well funded with an annual research expenditure of over £6m.
We receive significant financial support from government research councils such as the EPSRC, the European Commission, the Royal Society and charities such as the Wolfson Foundation. Other major sources of research funding include private industry, where we have developed very strong links over many years with a number of global companies including Agilent Technologies, Filtronic Plc and Pace Microtechnology Ltd.
With a rolling programme of investment in the latest state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and the very best research staff, we attract the most talented research students from around the world, of whom there are currently nearly 100.
Research in the School is organised within two Institutes and one smaller research group:
Institute of Microwaves and Photonics (IMP)
This Institute comprises of 16 academic staff and around 80 PhD and postdoctoral researchers, and specialises in the broad areas of high frequency electronics and nanotechnology.
Institute of Integrated Information Systems (IIIS)
Research activity within the IIIS essentially covers most aspects of wireless communication (included fixed mobile and satellite), communication networks, signal processing, optical networks, radio propagation, instrumentation and positioning.
The School of Physics and Astronomy has over thirty academic staff and about eighty-five postgraduate students. Major research efforts exist in astronomy and astrophysics, bionanophysics, biophysics, complex fluids, condensed matter, fundamental quantum physics, molecular materials, nanophysics, polymer physics, spintronics, surface physics, and theoretical physics. Applied, as well as pure, research occurs in many of these fields.
Areas of applications include, but are not restricted to: the development of materials for industrial applications; drug delivery in cancer treatment; heart monitoring; quantum communication and cryptography; solar energy harvesting. Close links with industry exist. Research groups in the School have strong collaborations with Applied Maths and Chemistry and with various departments and schools in the biological, engineering, and medical faculties.