In the most recent UK Government Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the School was ranked number 1 in the UK, with an impressive 80% of research activity rated as internationally excellent or world leading.
These high ratings enable the us to attract the best academic staff and researchers, and to invest in excellent facilities. This wealth of expertise and investment ensures that you will be supervised by world-class academics at the cutting edge of their discipline who will challenge, encourage and support you, and give you the best possible foundation on which to build your future career.
Strongly interdisciplinary in nature, we have solid collaborative links with other schools within the University of Leeds, as well as with other academic institutes and industry around the world.
Our international reputation for research makes this an ideal place to pursue a research degree, whether as preparation for a research career in industry or as the start of an academic career.
We offer three types of research degree:
• Masters of Science by Research (MRes) - 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
• Master of Philosophy (MPhil) - 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
• Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time
A PhD is the most internationally recognised research qualification, and is the most commonly pursued research degree as Leeds.
In all cases you are expected to carry out a programme of research in a particular area under the supervision of a primary supervisor and one or more co-supervisors. Supervisors are usually staff within the school however co-supervisors may be from another discipline, another institution or even industry depending on the project and funding source.
Once registered specific training needs will be identified and suitable courses recommended. During the later stages of your study you will be expected to give seminars and write papers for scientific journals and conferences.
We would normally expect applicants for postgraduate research to have achieved one of the following in a subject relevant to the proposed research:
- a first or good upper second class honours degree (or equivalent from an overseas University),
- a good performance in a Masters level course.
We also recognise relevant industrial and academic experience and special circumstances in the consideration of applicants.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. You will need to meet our minimum requirements for one of the following recognised English language tests: the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- IELTS: 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing.
- TOEFL (Internet based test): 87 overall with at least 20 in listening and reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing.
More information about English language qualifications is available from Research Student Administration.
You are classified as either a ‘UK/EU’ or ‘international’ student for the purpose of assessing tuition fees. International students will pay a higher fee than UK students as the fees for UK and EU students are subsidised by the UK government.
Fees for 2013/14
UK/EU – £3,950
International - £16,200
When to pay
Fees must be paid in full before you can register as a postgraduate student, unless you will be paying for yourself. If you are self-supporting you can pay fees in two instalments, the first payable at registration. If you are supported by your government, employer, or other sponsor, you should provide a letter from them addressed to the University, confirming that the fees will be paid directly. Sponsors cannot pay by instalments. For further information visit the University's website.
Formal applications for research degree study should be made on-line via the 'I want to apply' page on the Research Student Administration website.
Please complete the application form as fully as you can ensuring you complete the following sections:
- your expected source of funding
- grade(s) or degree classification(s) for your degree-level qualifications
- your proposed research area
- a brief one-paragraph summary of your research interests or proposed topic
We cannot normally consider your application without this information.
Please also ensure you upload or provide the following documents:
- copies of your degree certificate(s)
- transcripts of marks achieved in degree-level qualifications
- evidence of English language qualifications
- references if available (alternatively, the Faculty will contact your named academic referees directly)
If these documents are not available, please provide them at the earliest opportunity, as we cannot usually make an offer without them.
If possible, please include a CV (this will provide invaluable information as to work experience and publications) and a research proposal unless you are applying for a specific project studentship.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) and Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS)
Non EU/EEA nationals planning to undertake postgraduate study in the UK in certain science, engineering or technology disciplines need to acquire an ATAS certificate and a CAS before they can apply for a Visa, Entry Clearance (EC) or Extension of Stay (EoS). More information is available on the 'I want to apply' page on the Research Student Administration website.
If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office, e: email@example.com, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.