Join us and you’ll be part of a thriving postgraduate research community in one of the largest research-intensive universities in the UK, engaging in world-class research across an exceptionally diverse range of disciplines.
Established in 1904, Leeds is one of the UK’s leading research universities. We are ranked as a worldwide top 100 university for academic reputation (QS World University Rankings 2018) and in the UK top 10 for research power with over 80% of all research undertaken here classed as ‘world leading or internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).
With enormous economic, environmental and societal challenges facing the world, there has never been a greater need for original, creative and innovate research. Our postgraduate researchers make a significant contribution to global issues by delivering research that has far-reaching impact. Our multidisciplinary teams are working to tackle major global challenges in cities, climate, culture, energy, food, health and water.
As a postgraduate researcher you will work alongside academics at the forefront of their subject who will challenge, inspire and support you during your research so you could be part of the next big breakthrough.
We have some of the UK’s leading research centres based here including the Bragg Centre for Advanced Functional Materials, the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology and the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA). We also have a large number of specialist research facilities to ensure you have access to the latest technologies and expertise.
As a researcher at Leeds, you can develop a range of professional skills and knowledge that can be useful in your career, including high-level transferable skills such as critical thinking, team working and project management, helping you stand out in the job market. You will also be able to demonstrate learned skills with opportunities to attend conferences and present at the annual postgraduate research showcase.
You will have access to outstanding facilities and services, including one of the largest academic libraries in the UK, and will benefit from our dedicated Leeds Doctoral College which provides overarching support and development for all our postgraduate researchers.
Leeds has all you can expect from a major city and is surrounded by beautiful, accessible countryside. Our single site 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 take a look at our scholarship finder to see the latest opportunities available to you.
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 Department of Mechanical Engineering is internationally renowned for high quality research. The expertise of our staff covers a wide range of specialist areas and our mission is to carry out research in fundamental science through to practical industrial applications. The Department was awarded an outstanding rating (30% 4*, 45% 3*, 20% 2*, 5% 1*) in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. All our academic research staff were submitted to the assessment.
Much of the research undertaken by the Department of Mechanical Engineering is carried out by our postgraduate students as part of their PhD programmes. The department's current postgraduate research students are working on a wide range of projects, and they are vital to our success in research. Our students come from both the UK and overseas and typically have a first degree in engineering, or a related subject such as physics or mathematics.
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.
For further details about the APPLICATION PROCEDURE for postgraduate research, please see the Graduate School webpage (http://www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/gradschool).
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 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 of Geography at Leeds was ranked among the top 6 Geography departments in the UK for the quality of research in the 2008 Research Assessment Excercise. The RAE reported that 95 % of our research activity is internationally recognised for its originality, significance and rigour and 70% of research activity is deemed to be world leading or internationally excellent.
The School supports a wide range of research expertise in physical and human geography, as well as in the links between the two. We have many links outside the academic community with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations and much of our research is recognised across the world and influences both national governments and international organisations.
The position of the School is the product of a dedicated team of researchers, with a broad range of experiences and skills. A vital part of this team are around 60 research students who make an essential contribution to the School's vibrant scholarly and social life.
The School is one of the leading mechanical engineering departments in the UK and a leader in the field internationally. In the 2008 RAE we achieved an impressive 75% of research activity rated internationally excellent or world leading, a proportion exceeded only by Imperial and Bristol universities.
We have a track record of delivering high quality research to solve real world problems with particular expertise in: engineering systems and design; thermofluids, surfaces and interfaces; medical devices and regenerative medicine in conjunction with colleagues in Biological Sciences and Medicine.
With 70 academic and research staff and over 700 students, and over £3.4m in research income a year, we are a major player in the field of mechanical engineering. Our research excellence and high level of funding has enabled us to invest in the best staff and state-of-the-art research facilities. Currently, there are approximately 120 research students in the School.
Research within the School is organised into three Institutes:
Institute of Engineering Thermofluids, Surfaces and Interfaces (iETSI)
The core team have an internationally leading reputation in the areas of combustion, thin films, tribology and corrosion. One of the key strategic aims of iETSI is to capitalise on the potential synergies between our internationally-leading researchers and hence develop our emerging areas into world-leading activities.
Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE)
The aim of our Institute is to undertake world-class research and provide world-class education in the field of biomedical engineering, with the ultimate goal of providing highly trained people, new science, technology and knowledge to academia, industry and the public sector. We are a cross-discipline centre with researchers from numerous Schools and disciplines within the University, principally Mechanical Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Medical Physics. We also have very strong relationships with Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust compromising St James's University Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary and Chapel Allerton Hospital. In addition, the iMBE continues to maintain excellent research relationships with national and international academic institutions, companies and other health providers.
Institute of Engineering Systems and Design (iESD) was created from a strategic merger of the Design and Manufacture and Intelligent Systems groups. We continue to conduct high quality research at the human behaviour/engineering interface and have expanded our activities in affective engineering. In addition, we also contribute to work in the interdisciplinary Centre for Computational Fluid Dynamics.
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.