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Leeds Doctoral College

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

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Real world impact

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

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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.

100%

of our research

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

Postgraduate research at the University of Leeds

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Virtuocity

Immersive simulation and visualisation facility

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Guidance and support

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Rail

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

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Chiara Calastri
Alumni | PhD in Transport Studies (Economics)
My experience at ITS helped in my job and career, of course! I did lots of choice modelling during my PhD, and it served as the basis of what I am doing now.

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.