How to apply

Getting started: identifying your project

Think about what you've enjoyed in your degree, and what topics or areas interest you most.

Use the find a supervisor page to identify people working in those fields. Each member of staff has an individual profile, with more information about their research work and details of available projects.

You can also use the our research opportunities page to review projects with funding. Wider competitions, involving a limited number of funded places but a wider range of projects, are advertised through the University's scholarships website.

PhD and MSc by Research projects are often part of a wider context of ongoing research within the faculty.

To find out more about the vital work happening in FBS, see our Research and Innovation pages. This is a good way of discovering areas of work you may not have previously considered.

Making your application

Please apply using the online application form for research degrees. If you are applying for funding, additional forms may also be required.

Completing the form

Please nominate up to 3 supervisors; include project title/s if you are applying to an advertised project. 

If you are applying to a scholarship at Leeds or a funded project, please specify this in the “Funding” section. Alternatively, please state if you are seeking a scholarship, already hold a scholarship or intend to fund your own studies.

Please include:

  • a CV
  • transcripts
  • English language qualifications (if English is not your first language)

We do not require a research proposal for applications at this stage. A cover letter or personal statement is not compulsory but can be helpful. 

Please contact your referees and ask them to complete the reference form and to return directly to the Graduate School.

We accept applications throughout the year, however most funding opportunities have deadlines, including University scholarships and any funded projects.