research degrees

continue your research journey

In the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, you'll be part of a community that is proud of the impact that our research can have on society. You'll explore how culture, politics, media and literature influence us, and how we can change the story for the better.

Our team has wide experience of traditional academic publishing as well as creative forms of communication, on-stage, on-air and online. We work across disciplines, across boundaries and across communities. Alongside your own research you'll find opportunities to work with large and small groups in the city and beyond, to deliver insights and solutions that really matter.

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 PHD researchers

Our world is always changing. We welcome PhD researchers from all walks of life, and encourage them to develop ideas that will benefit us all.

You'll get the chance to collaborate with experienced researchers, explore intriguing topics, and reach out to a network of organisations, funders, industries and policymakers.

Learn more about our researchers below, and be part of a supportive, imaginative community.

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?

If you'd like to discuss your research idea or find out more about support and funding available, please get in touch.

Study with us

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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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transforming | lives

Keen to discover the power of focused, ambitious research? Interested in being involved in work that means something to communities, or policymakers?

Our team tackles big social issues, works across boundaries, and helps give a voice to those who are not heard enough. Work with our academics, and help to transform the way we think about the world.