PhD opportunities

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Postgraduate Researchers chatting outside the Institute of Transport Studies building

Leeds Doctoral College

Brings together the support and enhancement opportunities available to you as a postgraduate researcher

Three female postgraduate researchers in the Institute of Transport Studies chatting

Real world impact

We deliver research outputs that impact on transport policy and practice, and contribute to the wider economy and society

Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds
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Research degrees

Research degrees

Whether you’re looking to begin an academic career or want to develop your skills and expertise for a career in industry, studying for a PhD will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential. 

The Institute for Transport Studies offers three types of research degrees, including a PhD, split-site PhD, and MPhil

The range of careers open to you once you’ve finished your PhD is broad. Our doctoral graduates have secured positions with organisations such as Jaguar Land Rover, Atkins Global, Systra Ltd, and the Institute of Transportation Economics.


of our research

is likely to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

Postgraduate research at the Institute for Transport Studies

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Understanding the economics of rail transport demand, supply, operation and control

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Nikos Thomopoulos
Alumni | PhD in Transport Economics and Policy
The fact that ITS is an Institute, rather than a typical university department, means that PhD students benefit directly by the research environment.

Links with industry

You’ll benefit from our close working relationships with a large number of key companies and academic institutions in the UK and overseas. You’ll have the opportunity to attend industry talks, seminars and conferences where you’ll meet and network with colleagues from industry and academia.