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Changing the education landscape

Looking for a research degree that will inspire you? Our distinctive programmes will give you the freedom to explore, and the opportunity to work with others to make changes that matter.

Channel your energy into a degree that will transform lives. We've built a thriving and vibrant community of more than 100 research students, working to improve thinking and outcomes in education.

It all starts with a commitment to social justice, innovation, and change. As a group with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, we're passionate about improving education in a way that benefits everyone. And we ensure that's translated into action, whether that's working with industries or charities or influencing policies.

Be part of a great research community

  1. Be supported and challenged by an experienced, enthusiastic academic team
  2. Explore distinctive, creative programmes that are geared toward improving education for everyone
  3. Work with schools, charities, policymakers and community groups on powerful, impactful partnerships
  4. Study at a university that supports you, with an award-winning pastoral care team
  5. Collaborate and learn from a community of over 100 fellow research students

Our research programmes

  1. Masters by Research (MRes)

    Are you looking to take your first steps into a research career? The MRes is a stepping stone between undergraduate and PhD-level research, and is a good starting point for someone looking to explore a new subject area, or different academic research options.

    It's typically a one-year full-time degree, or two years part-time.
  2. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    If you choose to complete a PhD programme, you'll spend your time researching a topic that contributes new knowledge to your field. You'll be trained in research skills which will be valuable in many different careers. You'll be assessed with an oral exam called a "viva voce", and you'll be asked to present your research in a thesis of up to 100,000 words.

    A PhD can take four years full-time, or six years part-time.

  3. Professional Doctorate in Education

    A professional doctorate is designed for professionals who may be experts in their area, but might not have studied for some time. It is an equivalent standard to a PhD, but aims to combine professional and academic knowledge. You'll attend sessions with peers and supervisors, and research a thesis that's generally linked to real-life issues in your area of employment.

    A professional doctorate usually takes five years, part-time.

Once you have decided which programme would be suitable for you we recommend getting in touch to discuss your idea with an Academic Supervisor. 

You can use our Find an Academic Supervisor tool or browse our research centre pages below to find relevant academic colleagues to talk with.

When you've found a supervisor you're happy to work with, then you can submit your application to The Graduate School.

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Study for a research degree at Leeds Beckett and you'll join a thriving academic community in an inspiring and supportive environment.

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