Postgraduate research opportunities

Browse through our research degree opportunities to find funding and funded projects. These opportunities are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are very competitive, so it is important you make enquiries and apply as early as possible. If you have already secured funding, please take a look at our competition / non-funded projects. Former students may be eligible for a 10% discount on fees with our alumni bursary.

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Funding schemes

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) Geography UK and EU 10 December 2018
PANORAMA NERC Doctoral Training Partnership Geography UK and EU 7 January 2019
PANORAMA NERC Doctoral Training Partnership Earth and Environment UK and EU 7 January 2019
China Scholarships Council - University of Leeds Scholarships Earth and Environment Citizens or permanent residents of the People's Republic of China 9 January 2019
China Scholarships Council - University of Leeds Scholarships Geography Citizens or permanent residents of the People's Republic of China 9 January 2019
China Scholarships Council - University of Leeds Scholarships Transport Citizens or permanent residents of the People's Republic of China 9 January 2019
ESRC White Rose DTP Transport UK and EU 23 January 2019
ESRC White Rose DTP Geography UK and EU 23 January 2019
ESRC White Rose DTP Earth and Environment UK and EU 23 January 2019
Leeds Doctoral Scholarships Earth and Environment Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 1 April 2019
Leeds Doctoral Scholarships Transport Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 1 April 2019
Leeds Doctoral Scholarships Geography Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 1 April 2019

Directly funded PhD projects

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
The Ethics of Climate Services - Sustainability Research Institute UK and EU Open until filled
The uptake and use of new climate projections in risk assessment and decision making in the UK - Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science UK and EU Open until filled

Competition funded PhD projects

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
Are we modelling the wrong thing: differences between the psychologists' and the modellers' view of behaviou - Choice Modelling Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Application of system dynamics to transport challenges - Spatial Modelling and Dynamics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Consumption, public space and the arts - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Demand for electric and hybrid cars - modeling vehicle replacement and type choice - Economics and Appraisal Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Developments in experimental design for stated choice surveys and alternative preference elicitation procedures - Choice Modelling Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Driver-oriented virtual testing of vehicle safety and automation - Human Factors and Safety Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Ecohydrological response of peatlands to climate change - River Basin Processes and Management Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Environmental and social effects of private protected areas - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Exploring the value of decadal climate prediction for adaptation planning - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Identity, difference and citizenship - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Leaf morphospace–climate interactions: tracking leaf shape in space and time - Ecology and Global Change Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Life Cycle Assessment of Roads - Spatial Modelling and Dynamics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Migration, precarity and forced labour - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Mode and shipment size choice models on data for individual shipments - Economics and Appraisal Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Optimal route and speed (3D navigation) for minimising fuel consumption of trucks - Spatial Modelling and Dynamics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Political and social aspects of UK rewilding - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Politics and culture of pedestrian and cyclist safety - Social and Political Sciences Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Re-evaluating infrastructure: using Big Data to develop and quantify new notions of infrastructure resilience - Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Response of testate amoebae to peatland grip blocking: implications for biomonitoring of peatland restoration efforts - River Basin Processes and Management Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Retirement migration: geographical patterns and impacts on households - Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Safety of Vulnerable Road Users in Developing Countries - Human Factors and Safety Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Social Movements and Scholar Activism - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The impact of cognitive distractions on driving with and without automation - Human Factors and Safety Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The politics and social impacts of market-based conservation - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The role of oceans and vegetation in greening the Sahara - Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Travel behaviour change - Social and Political Sciences Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Understanding (sustainable) consumption through Mass Observation - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Understanding and modelling sensorimotor control in driving - Human Factors and Safety Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Understanding rhizome extent, extension and persistence in Japanese knotweed - Ecology and Global Change Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Understanding the lived experience of energy poverty across nations - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Urban agriculture, food security and poverty alleviation in sub-Saharan Africa - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Urban contestation and alternatives - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
User acceptance and adoption of new transport technologies - Human Factors and Safety Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
What causes the formation of pipes within peat? - River Basin Processes and Management Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Social and environmental impacts of private protected areas in Latin America - Sustainability Research Institute Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Analysis of spatial inequalities in public health prescription rates to predict antibiotic resistance risk - Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Characterizing the Forest Biodiversity Transition (SUSTech candidates only) - Ecology and Global Change SUSTech only 30 November 2018
Food-Energy-Water Nexus in the Context of Global Change: Simulation and Inter-comparison (SUSTech candidates only) - River Basin Processes and Management SUSTech only 30 November 2018
Water Resource Changes in Mainland Southeast Asia (SUSTech candidates only) - River Basin Processes and Management SUSTech only 30 November 2018
Impacts on middle atmospheric composition and dynamics of precipitating radiation belt electrons (SUSTech candidates only) - Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science SUSTech only 30 November 2018
Water Resources Assessment in a Coupled Human and Natural System (SUSTech candidates only) - River Basin Processes and Management SUSTech only 30 November 2018
Numerical study on improving formation mechanism of Secondary Organic Aerosol (SUSTech candidates only) - Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science SUSTech only 30 November 2018
Current and future air pollution in South and Southeast Asia (SUSTech candidates only) - Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science SUSTech only 30 November 2018
Impacts of biomass burning on current and future air quality in Asia (SUSTech candidates only) - Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science SUSTech only 30 November 2018
Public Arts for Inclusive Placemaking: Perceptions, Evaluations and Actions (AHRC CDA) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship UK and EU 10 December 2018
Tracking adaptation to climate change using big data (NERC DTP) - Sustainability Research Institute UK and EU 7 January 2019
The impact of pharmaceutical pollution on biogeochemical cycles (NERC DTP) - River Basin Processes and Management UK and EU 7 January 2019
Success and Vulnerability in the Amazon (NERC DTP) - Ecology and Global Change UK and EU 7 January 2019
Re-evaluating the Role of Drylands in the Global Carbon Budget (NERC DTP) - Ecology and Global Change UK and EU 7 January 2019
Tackling Japanese knotweed: how it grows and how to stop it (NERC DTP) - Ecology and Global Change UK and EU 7 January 2019
How will climate change affect organic matter exported from peat? (NERC DTP) - River Basin Processes and Management UK and EU 7 January 2019
Past, present and future of permafrost peatlands (NERC DTP) - River Basin Processes and Management UK and EU 7 January 2019
Public goods from Agri-Environmental Schemes (NERC DTP) Geography UK and EU 7 January 2019
Arctic and alpine river food web response to glacier retreat (NERC DTP) - River Basin Processes and Management UK and EU 7 January 2019
Peatland hydrology: a global comparison using the PeatDataHub monitoring network (NERC DTP) - River Basin Processes and Management UK and EU 7 January 2019
Agroforestry, soil health and delivery of public goods (NERC DTP) - River Basin Processes and Management UK and EU 7 January 2019
Occurrence and fate of microplastics in river catchments (NERC DTP) - River Basin Processes and Management UK and EU 7 January 2019
Why are some trees more sensitive to climate than others? (NERC DTP) - Ecology and Global Change UK and EU 7 January 2019
Sedimentation and invasive species in rivers: Investigation in trialling of mitigation options relevant to invasive non-native species sediment inputs to rivers (NERC DTP) - River Basin Processes and Management UK and EU 7 January 2019
Ecological and heritage importance of parkland estates (NERC DTP) - Ecology and Global Change UK and EU 7 January 2019
Assessing the water quality of Himalayan glacier-fed rivers (NERC DTP) - River Basin Processes and Management UK and EU 7 January 2019
Proglacial landscape evolution across the Antarctic Peninsula with Holocene climate change (NERC DTP) - River Basin Processes and Management UK and EU 7 January 2019
Constraining the carbon balance of intact tropical forest landscapes (NERC DTP) - Ecology and Global Change UK and EU 7 January 2019
Is the water use efficiency of land plants changing? (NERC DTP) - Ecology and Global Change UK and EU 7 January 2019
How are our peatlands eroding? Using fine scale ‘roughness signatures’ to quantify soil and carbon losses via different erosion mechanisms (NERC DTP) - River Basin Processes and Management UK and EU 7 January 2019