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Frequently asked questions

Our FAQs list may be able to answer any questions you have before applying to study for a postgraduate research degree.

Plus Icon Do I need to have completed a masters before applying for a PhD/professional doctorate at Leeds Beckett?
No. Our entrance requirements are a good first degree for PhD entry and relevant professional experience for studying for a professional doctorate. A good first degree is an honours degree with a minimum 2:1 classification.
Plus Icon How many hours per week will I study?

We recommend, as a full-time research student, you study for 37.5 hours per week. As a part-time student, we recommend you study for 16 hours per week - although this can fluctuate at certain times during your programme. Our induction programme is an essential part of your course and you will also meet regularly with your supervisory team.

Plus Icon How long will it take to complete my research degree?

Completion times will differ, depending on the type of research degree and whether you study full-time or part-time. For example, a full-time PhD will take four years to complete; studying part-time, it will take six years. These times include any period of writing-up, examination and the conferment of your award.

Plus Icon Do you offer distance learning?

We only offer distance learning research degrees to students outside the UK in countries where we have a university-approved location – usually, a place of education the university has an agreement with. We call this studying ‘offshore’. Please email us with details of your location so we can ensure it is on our list.

As an offshore student, you will start your studies with us in February, and you will be required to attend our university for at least two months at the start of your programme – usually from February to April. For more information, please email Research Admissions (

Plus Icon Are any scholarships or bursaries available?

We usually advertise scholarships and bursaries between March and June each year on our postgraduate research fees & finance page. These are linked to specific projects and/or subjects and are normally only open to UK and EU applicants.

Plus Icon When will I receive my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number?

This will be issued when you have provided the required documents and paid 50% of your fees or supplied a sponsorship letter.

Plus Icon What are your English language requirements for research degrees?

We normally ask for an overall IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 7 with no individual sub-score below 6.5. We will also consider TOEFL, iBT or Pearsons PTE as equivalent qualifications, but no other qualifications will be accepted.

If you have successfully completed a UK Bachelors degree (with a minimum classification of 2:1), or a UK masters degree in the last two years, this will satisfy our English language requirements. However, if you completed a UK degree more than two years ago, you should take a new IELTS test and submit this result.

Plus Icon Do you make conditional offers?

No. Leeds Beckett University does not make conditional offers for a PhD. If your language level is below our standard requirement, you should re-apply when your language is at our required level.

Plus Icon What happens once I submit my application?

The Graduate School will check your application is complete and we have all the documents we need, such as degree certificates and transcripts. Once we have verified your certificates, we will send the application to the relevant university school for staff to consider the academic merit of your proposed research topic. To make sure your application is dealt with as quickly as possible, please include all required documents. Please be aware, it can take up to two months for the school to consider your application. Thank you for your patience during this time.

Ready to apply?

If you already have an idea for a research proposal then you'll need to talk to one of our academic supervisors before completing an application form. You can also view our simple guide on how to apply and follow the steps to becoming a researcher at Leeds Beckett.

How to apply