Research degrees

PhD opportunities

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Global research degrees

At Leeds, we’re committed to upholding our sustainable values in all that we do, in line with the University’s Climate plan. Our researchers are shaping a more sustainable future, supporting communities, advancing knowledge and creating solutions to local, national and global challenges. And, we use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) as a framework to guide our research activity across all disciplines. 

Through interdisciplinary collaborations, postgraduate researchers at Leeds are equipped with the expertise, skills and qualities to contribute to solutions to global challenges. During your PhD, you'll be supported by a team of academic supervisors whose research interests align with your specialisms. 

Our postgraduate researchers receive specialist career advice, benefit from the support of Leeds Doctoral College, which is an excellent platform to network with members of our academic community accross the University. Through Leeds Living Lab, postgraduate researchers, staff and students also have the opportunity to research and test sustainable solutions using the University and our city as a testbed, taking on a role as responsible citizens.

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Being part of our postgraduate community means you’ll join our friendly, supportive and diverse researchers who come from all around the world. Discover more about on-campus support, and living and working in Leeds.

The easiest way to apply for a PhD is online, which will allow you to track your application at each stage of the process. Follow our step-by-step guidance.

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Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are fully funded PhDs that train researchers to address science related problems for the benefit of society. Explore our CDTs.

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From day one, you’ll benefit from a strong support network to guide you through your PhD. Find out more about support offered to postgraduate researchers.

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Hear from our postgraduate researchers

Our postgraduate researchers work together across disciplines to tackle challenges in sustainability, health and the environment at the forefront of global agendas. Learn more about what they have to say.

Research impact

Our academic researchers lead and facilitate research that has real-world results. Here are some examples of impactful academic research pioneered by our academic community.

A collaboration between the UK Met Office and the University of Leeds has used crowd-sourced weather data to better track extreme weather as it moves across the country and provide more accurate weather warnings.

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Films made of cellulose offer a compostable, greener alternative to plastic food packaging. Research by Professor Mike Reis is helping one of the world’s largest producers of these films reduce its environmental footprint.

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An new method of carbon capture, developed by Chris Rayner and his team, can successfully separate and capture carbon dioxide from industrial flue gases. It could be a more deployed as a sustainable alternative to current technologies.

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Research areas

Studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential. Discover more about postgraduate life and opportunities across our range of subject areas.