Postgraduate research

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Research degrees We are one of the largest centres for research training in the UK


A research degree programme will provide you with training in relevant transferable and research skills which will support you in gaining expertise in a specialist area. So come to Leeds, build on your existing knowledge, acquire new skills and make an original contribution through supervised research.

Take a look at our postgraduate research brochure and be inspired by the experiences of some of our current and recent postgraduates.

Studying at Leeds

We are one of the largest centres for research training in the UK, offering a range of research degrees - from Masters to PhDs (full-time or split-site) as well as Professional Doctorates.

  • We are a top 10 university for research power (a measure of quality and volume) in the UK (Research Assessment Exercise 2008)
  • You will be supervised by academics actively engaged in world-leading research
  • Over 2,000 students are currently registered for research degrees
  • We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-intensive universities
  • We are part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) which comprises 19 research-intensive institutions spanning six continents
  • Our research strengths are in areas such as energy, climate and geohazards, water, transport systems, biomedical engineering, advanced electronic devices, condensed matter physics and medical technologies
  • We have been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary prize, the country’s highest accolade for an academic institution, twice (in 2009 – Institute for Transport Studies and 2011 – Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering)
  • We had the ninth largest total research grants and contracts income in the sector in 2010/11 (Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) April 2012)

As one of our postgraduate research students, you will be assigned at least one supervisor who will work closely with you. Supervisors draw on their own special experience to guide your work, give encouragement and advise you as you conduct your research and then prepare your written thesis.

The University offers a wide range of training and development opportunities for postgraduate researchers. Read more about training and development for postgraduate researchers

Doctoral Training Centres

Doctoral Training Centres offer funded PhD opportunities alongside intensive researcher and professional skills training for UK and EU candidates (international candidates are advised to contact the relevant department for further information on their eligibility). Read more about DTCs

Search for postgraduate research opportunities or taught courses

If you're not sure whether you want to take a research degree or a taught course, look at what's available in your subject area and contact the admissions tutors for more information.

Postgraduate research conference

The annual conference showcases postgraduate research at the University. Find out more about the 2013 conference