Postgraduate research opportunities at the University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Research that matters

Challenge yourself and become an expert in your field as part of a thriving research community of over 4,000 postgraduate researchers at the University of Leeds.

  • World top-75 University | QS World University Rankings 2024
  • 90% of University of Leeds research has a quality rating of “world-leading” or "internationally excellent” | REF 2021
  • Founding member of the prestigious Russell Group

We need researchers at all levels, with exciting new ideas and approaches. Start your journey into postgraduate research at Leeds.

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Research excellence

We’re at the forefront of knowledge across a wide range of disciplines. Our postgraduate researchers are an integral part of this, discovering exciting new ideas and approaches. 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.

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Develop your personal and professional profile

As a researcher at Leeds, you’ll build networks and connections to share and further your research. We’ll encourage you to make the most of the collaborative opportunities all around you. We offer specialist training opportunities to help you develop new skills and expertise to help you realise your professional goals.

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Leading research facilities

We are home to some of the UK’s leading research centres, all based at the University. These include:

  • Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology
  • Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, Centre for Cultural Value
  • The Centre for Immersive Technologies
  • 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 outstanding facilities provide an excellent platform for your research and enhance your academic experience, whatever your specialism.

Postgraduate research opportunities at the University of Leeds

A welcoming community

At Leeds you’re joining thriving and welcoming community of researchers from around the world. You’ll find a host of opportunities to connect with others academically and socially. 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.

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Equality, diversity and inclusion

The University of Leeds is fully committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. As part of our commitment to postgraduate diversity, we offer a number of fully funded postgraduate research scholarships for UK students from under-represented groups, including those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. You can also get in touch with our Postgraduate Graduate Research Diversity Team who provide a wide range of support for postgraduate researchers from under-represented groups throughout their study.

Postgraduate research opportunities at the University of Leeds

A vibrant city

Leeds has all you would 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.

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Funding and scholarships

We have a number of postgraduate scholarships available to UK and international students: we recommend you take a look at our funding directory to see the latest opportunities available to you.

We also have several externally funded research opportunities including our Doctoral Training Programmes. 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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Academic Units

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.

Our Schools

-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

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The Faculty of Biological Sciences (FBS) at the University of Leeds (, and 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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