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Research degrees

Looking for a research career with real impact? At Leeds School of Social Sciences, you'll be working with experienced researchers on themes that affect society. We engage with partners from all walks of life, and collaborate on solutions that address issues such as inequality, life expectancy, and poverty.
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It's your next step. Make it a big one

Social sciences isn't about telling people how to change. It's about listening, truly understanding the challenges that people face, and working together to benefit everybody.

You'll be researching areas that affect us all, and honing skills such as communication, presentation and conflict resolution. And you'll be working across disciplines, with researchers that have devoted their lives to making other lives better.

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
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"My PhD research is focused on exploring the experiences and unmet psychosocial support needs of family carers of people with co-existing dementia and cancer."

Our research programmes

  1. Masters by Research (MRes)

    If you are looking to take your first steps in research, then an MRes programme could be ideal. It is a stepping stone between undergraduate and PhD-level research. It is particularly suitable if you are moving into a new subject area and want to explore different career or academic research options. 

    It's typically a one-year full-time degree, or two years part-time.

  2. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    A PhD is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research. It is assessed via a thesis (of up to 100,000 words) and a viva voce (an oral examination). You will contribute new knowledge to your field and you will disseminate your findings by means of peer-reviewed output and a thesis. Throughout your PhD journey, you will be supported with a programme of research training to enable you to develop transferable skills for your future career path.

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

Want to  know more?

Students benefit from a busy research calendar featuring seminars, workshops and writing sessions, and can also access training events delivered by the Graduate School. To support research and professional development, postgraduate research students can access school funding for research expenses and conferences. Email us to find out more.

How to apply

1. Discuss your research proposal

If you've decided on the best programme for you and you already have a idea for your research proposal, talk to one of our Academic Supervisors. They can tell you more about researching your area of interest and guide you in the next steps to apply to join Leeds Beckett University.

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2. Submit your application

When you've found a supervisor you're happy to work with, you can submit your application to The Graduate School. Visit our page on How to apply to get information about submitting and the application process. If you have any questions about your application you can contact The Graduate School team via email:

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Explore our research

Welcome to a thriving, creative community that isn't afraid to ask difficult questions about the world we live in. Global inequalities. Crime. Justice. Behaviour. Social change.

With the help of partners and organisations in Leeds and beyond, we're engaging with diverse voices to solve complex problems. Our research is organised around two dedicated centres - the Centre for Applied Social Research and the Centre for Psychological Research.

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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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