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Why choose Leeds Beckett for your Research Degree?

Leeds Corn Exchange

At Leeds Beckett we offer a range of options for you to undertake a postgraduate research programme, from Master of Research, through to Master of Philosophy, Professional Doctorates and PhDs.

All our academic staff are involved in research, working collaboratively across four research institutes and 10 research centres.

We are proud of our research across a range of disciplines and subject areas, including the Leeds Sustainability Institute and The Retail Institute.

Our research has been graded world leading or internationally excellent in almost all academic disciplines.

Read more about our Research Areas.

Why choose Leeds?

Leeds is a friendly and relaxed place to live and is home to one of the biggest student populations in the UK.

Our city comes to life at night – we have restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs to suit all genres and budgets, as well as parks and open spaces, fantastic shopping and a first-class sports scene.

Leeds is well-known as a multicultural destination and is home to people of many nationalities, faiths and backgrounds.

Getting around

In the heart of Yorkshire, Leeds Beckett is a well-connected University, centrally located between Edinburgh and London, and easily accessible by rail, road and air. Public transport in the city makes Leeds an easy place to get around. It’s easy to take the environmentally friendly, healthy (and cheap) route by walking or cycling between campuses as you’ll be close to plenty of popular shops and services.

Leeds Bradford International Airport also gives easy access to the city from destinations all over the world.

Culture and Nightlife

Culture vultures will always find something to see and do in Leeds. You can enjoy a show, visit one of our galleries or museums, or laugh the night away at a comedy club. Film buffs have a range of cinemas to choose from, as well as the annual Leeds International Film Festival. Theatre productions, musicals and comedy shows at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Grand Theatre, Civic Theatre and City Varieties, the longest-running music hall in the UK, dating back to 1865, offer diverse programmes throughout the year.

Art lovers can enjoy exhibitions at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds City Art Gallery and a range of smaller, independent galleries. The internationally-acclaimed Opera North, Northern Ballet Theatre and the Phoenix Dance Theatre performing companies are all based in Leeds and in nearby Bradford the National Media Museum incorporates Britain's first IMAX cinema.

There is a lively music scene in Leeds, complimented by a range venues including the O2 Academy and 13,000-capacity First Direct Arena as well as numerous smaller, more intimate venues, including the renowned Brudenell Social Club. Each year Leeds also hosts a number of festivals which our staff and students get involved with. These include the Leeds International Film Festival, Live at Leeds, Leeds Pride, Leeds West Indian Carnival and the Leeds/Reading Music Festival (held here since 1999).

For foodies, there are hundreds of food outlets to suit all tastes, from traditional fare to food from around the world. Leeds also has an annual food festival and our region is vibrant with markets, farm shops and award-winning restaurants.

Child friendly

Leeds has plenty to keep families happy, with a range of attractions and parks as well as the coast and the Yorkshire Dales within easy reach.

Step into history at the Thackray Medical Museum, award-winning Royal Armouries or the Leeds City Museum, discover the meerkats at Tropical World, get a glimpse into the underwater world at The Deep in Hull or visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, or, if you dare, experience the thrilling rides at Light Water Valley and Flamingo Land.


Leeds is hard to beat when it comes to shopping, with over 80 designer boutiques located in the exquisite Victoria Quarter, alongside Harvey Nichols, historic arcades, the Corn Exchange and Trinity Leeds. High street names can be found rubbing shoulders with unique designer and retro shops as well as the historic Kirkgate Market, the largest indoor market in Europe.


If you’re a sports fan Leeds has plenty to offer. Leeds was the host city for the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014 and Leeds United Football Club is based at Elland Road. Leeds Rhinos, the rugby league's 2014 Challenge Cup winners and Leeds Carnegie, the RFU Championship, both play at Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Yorkshire County Cricket Club is also based at the Stadium which hosts test matches and one day internationals.

Discover Yorkshire

We think Yorkshire is a fantastic county, why not find out for yourself?

Yorkshire won "Europe's Leading Destination" in the World Travel Awards 2013 and was also named by Lonely Planet as the third best region in the world to visit in 2014.

It’s the largest county in the UK, with breath-taking countryside in the Yorkshire Moors, Yorkshire Dales and Bronte Country, vast stretches of coastline, market towns and friendly people.

A short journey from Leeds city centre by car, bus or train are historic York and Harrogate, the World Heritage Site of Saltaire and traditional seaside towns of Scarborough, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay.

There’s also a lot to do in the region if you enjoy the great outdoors including walking, caving, mountain biking, canoeing, windsurfing, fishing and rock climbing.

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