Leeds-SUSTech Split-Site PhD Programme

UK China PhD programme

Funding opportunity: 4-year PhD studentships

Based on mutual research interests, the University of Leeds has established a partnership with the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen, China. As part of this collaboration, 4-year studentships are available, supporting joint research projects though a Split-Site PhD Programme. Students registered on this programme will be funded to undertake research both at Leeds and SUSTech.

Research Topics in Earth and Environment

  • Current and future air pollution in South and Southeast Asia
  • Impacts on middle atmospheric composition and dynamics of precipitating radiation belt electrons
  • Impacts of biomass burning on current and future air quality in Asia
  • Numerical study on improving formation mechanism of Secondary Organic Aerosol

Research topics in the following disciplinary areas are also available within the programme: Chemical & Process EngineeringChemistryComputing, Electronic & Electrical EngineeringGeography, Environment, MathematicsPhysics & Astronomy.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for funding under this programme, applicants must meet Leeds’ minimum entry requirements for Split-Site research degrees. You should have, or expect to obtain the equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree in a related discipline. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements for split-site PhD programmes (IELTS 6.5 overall with no component below 6.0, or an equivalent qualification).

Programme Structure

Students will spend the first year of the programme based in Leeds, followed by two years and nine months of research at SUSTech, based in Shenzhen. Students will then return to Leeds to complete their thesis for three months in the final year.


SUSTech will provide studentships to fund tuition fees and living costs - both during the period of study in Leeds and in Shenzhen.

How to Apply

Candidates wishing to apply for this programme must submit an application pack to SUSTech in the first instance. Nominated candidates will then be invited to apply to Leeds. Documents required to submit an application to SUSTech are available here and should be sent by email to the departmental contact.