Research degrees

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As a research student, you will undertake an extended, original research project under the guidance of a supervisor or, more typically, two co-supervisors. This will result in a written thesis on which you will be examined orally at the end of your degree.

Much of your training will take place in regular meetings with your supervisors, who will read your work and provide detailed feedback and advice. Your supervisors will also assist you to develop an initial training plan, and your acquisition of discipline specific skills is fostered and monitored throughout your degree. You also have free access to extensive training in generic skills co-ordinated by the LEAP Research Training Hub.  We also have a Postgraduate Employment Advisor to train and assist students in preparing for the job market.

Throughout your studies you will be encouraged to participate in the extremely wide range of research seminars and reading groups that take place within the School and its several research centres. In addition, you will be encouraged to attend and present papers at relevant national and international conferences. 

Research programmes normally start in October but it may be possible to start at any point during the year.

In addition to the on-campus PhD, t
he Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures offers a PhD by Distance Learning programme which is available to UK, EU and International applicants. This variant form of the traditional PhD allows for flexibility of location of the postgraduate researcher, with a certain level of on-site time in Leeds for relevant training sessions and progression assessment points. For further information, please contact Dr Mic Spencer, Head of the Graduate School:

 Research degree  Duration  Thesis
 MA by research 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time  30,000 words
 MPhil 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time  60,000 words
 PhD 3 years full-time, 5 years part-time  100,000 words

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  1. Research degrees
  2. Research degrees in Philosophy and History and Philosophy of Science
  3. Research degrees in Theology and Religious Studies