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Research degrees

Whether you’re looking to begin an academic career or want to develop your skills and expertise for a career in industry, studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential. 

The structure of a typical PhD, usually takes between three years full-time or five years part-time, during which you’ll be generating new knowledge and considering that new information in relation to existing information. You’ll need to be dedicated and passionate about your area of study, but it’ll be well worth it. Being a doctoral student is challenging, but incredibly rewarding. 

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Why do a research degree at Leeds?

Study in an active research environment: Researchers in the School of Chemistry have a track record of delivering high-quality research to solve real-world problems. They have particular expertise in engineering systems and design, thermofluids, surfaces and interfaces, medical devices, and regenerative medicine. To find out more, browse a selection of our current and past research projects.

A strong network of support: The Leeds Doctoral College connects our whole researcher community and put you in touch with the services, guidance and opportunities you need. Not only that, you’ll benefit from a strong support network to guide you through your research degree.

Professional skills development: We think of the whole picture at Leeds. That’s why we offer a range of workshops and courses that'll enhance your skillset further and transfer into your professional career. 

Close industry links: You’ll benefit from our close working relationships with a large number of key companies and academic institutions in the UK and overseas. You’ll have the opportunity to attend industry talks, seminars and conferences where you’ll meet and network with colleagues from industry and academia. Our graduates have secured positions with organisations including, among others: AECOM, British Library, GE Global Research, and Honeywell.

Global community: You’ll join a friendly, supportive and diverse community of students and researchers who come from all over the world and have access to wellbeing and support services throughout your degree.

Applying for a research degree

Whether you're applying to a project or proposing your own, follow this step-by-step guide to completing your application.

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Find out our research degree fees. If you are a former student of the University of Leeds you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary.

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Find out about the academic and English language requirements in the School of Chemistry.

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My PhD experience

ÔÇťAside from the overall aim of contributing to advances in research in the field, contributing to publications and developing essential skills as a researcher has been a highlight."

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"Quantum chemistry is all about understanding atomic and molecular processes at the smallest level, and I like how everything makes sense when you understand the mathematics behind this."

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"Undoubtedly, University of Leeds is a perfect choice, as it is one of the top universities in the UK, and one the best 100 universities in the world."

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