doctotral students and supervisors

an innovative research community

LARC is home to more than sixty doctoral students. Under the supervision of our experienced and supportive staff they pursue a wide range of research topics across the creative arts. One of the most innovative features of the doctoral programme at Leeds Beckett University is that many students are working on PhDs where practice is the central part of their work. To see the topic areas covered for doctoral study within LARC please look at our staff research profiles where you will get a sense of the subjects where we can offer supervision.

If you want to discuss your ideas for a PhD then please contact Professor Robert Shail ( for film, music or performing arts and Professor Simon Morris ( for art and design. If you would like to apply to study with us for a PhD please visit The Graduate School where you will find more details of the application process.


We offer exciting opportunities to study for a doctorate in subjects right across the creative arts including by practice. Below is a list of our PhD supervisors who can offer support and guidance drawing on their expertise and experience within their own specialisms. If you are thinking about studying with us, please follow the links below to find out more about each supervisor and then please feel free to contact them to discuss your research ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.

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the graduate school

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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