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
ESRC White Rose DTP Earth and Environment UK and EU 23 January 2019
ESRC White Rose DTP Geography UK and EU 23 January 2019
ESRC White Rose DTP Transport UK and EU 23 January 2019
EPSRC DTP Earth and Environment UK only 31 January 2019
EPSRC DTP Transport UK only 31 January 2019
Priestley Doctoral Scholarships Earth and Environment UK and EU 8 February 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
Leeds Doctoral Scholarships Earth and Environment 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
Warm climate, high seas. How did sea level change in Europe during the Last Interglacial? Earth and Environment UK and EU 31 January 2019
Applying thermodynamic laws to the energy-GDP decoupling problem – gaining new insights into energy-economy linkages - Sustainability Research Institute UK and EU 15 February 2019

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Housing struggles and alternatives (SJCC research area) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Urban contestation and alternatives (SJCC research area) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Migration, precarity and forced labour (SJCC research area) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Social Movements and Scholar Activism (SJCC research area) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Identity, difference and citizenship (SJCC research area) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Consumption, public space and the arts (SJCC research area) - Social Justice, Cities, Citizenship Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Tradeoff and complementarity between energy use, transport and food choices under personal carbon trading (Priestley Doctoral Scholarships) - Spatial Modelling and Dynamics UK and EU 8 February 2019
Participatory climate modeling and ethnoclimatology in the Arctic (ESRC White Rose DTP) - Sustainability Research Institute UK and EU 23 January 2019
Machine learning to detect earthquakes in energy extraction (EPSRC DTP) - Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics UK only 31 January 2019
Activity planning in the context of emerging modes of transport (EPSRC DTP) - Choice Modelling UK only 31 January 2019
Miniaturised microfluidic technology to probe the fundamentals of heterogeneous ice nucleation (EPSRC DTP) - Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science UK only 31 January 2019
Modelling high-speed railway-induced vibrations around tunnels (ground-support) (EPSRC DTP) - Institute of Applied Geoscience UK only 31 January 2019
Assessing the Energy Return on Investment of future energy systems and implications for the wider economy (EPSRC DTP) - Sustainability Research Institute UK only 31 January 2019
Persuasive technology and direct messaging for achieving modal shift in urban areas (EPSRC DTP) - Social and Political Sciences UK only 31 January 2019
Deformation of multiphase materials: Experiments and numerical modelling (EPSRC DTP) - Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics UK only 31 January 2019
Combining advanced mathematical modelling, data mining and new data sources to understand travellers' response to major disruptions (EPSRC DTP) - Choice Modelling UK only 31 January 2019
Optimal Grid schemes for Full Waveform Inversion of Fractures (EPSRC DTP) - Institute of Applied Geoscience UK only 31 January 2019
Light Electric Vehicles for Active Travel: the potential for reducing energy demand and carbon emissions EPSRC DTP) - Social and Political Sciences UK only 31 January 2019
Large-scale modelling of transport and energy choices using emerging big data sources (EPSRC DTP) - Choice Modelling UK only 31 January 2019
Game theoretic approaches for the mathematical control, modelling and optimization of interactions between autonomous vehicles and other road users (EPSRC DTP) - Human Factors and Safety UK only 31 January 2019
Ownership and mobility services in an automated vehicle environment, and its impact on energy use, carbon emissions and distributional equity (EPSRC DTP) - Spatial Modelling and Dynamics UK only 31 January 2019
The distributional effects of the low carbon transition (EPSRC DTP) - Sustainability Research Institute UK only 31 January 2019
The dynamics of jets in rapidly rotating fluids by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation (EPSRC DTP) - Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics UK only 31 January 2019
Adapting Road Infrastructure for Autonomous Vehicles (EPSRC DTP) - Spatial Modelling and Dynamics UK only 31 January 2019
Examining public perceptions of climate change risk: The role of personal experience, emotion, and statistical descriptions (Priestley Doctoral Scholarships) - Sustainability Research Institute UK and EU 8 February 2019
Reducing GHGs from the heat system - Implementation of buried infrastructure as a heat source (Priestley Doctoral Scholarships) - Sustainability Research Institute UK and EU 8 February 2019