Our research

We deliver research outputs, which 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 or other research degree 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. 

Research excellence

We work at the forefront of global research agendas, leading the way in finding solutions to major social, political and environmental challenges. We have an established reputation for delivering high quality research, with over 85% of our research classed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

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. 

Professional development

We’re committed to helping you prepare for what’s ahead in your research degree and future career. You’ll have the opportunity to attend a number of workshops offered by the University, our dedicated researcher training and development hub as well as through the through the University's Organisational Development and Professional Training department (OD&PL). The training and development opportunities will be tailored to reflect the demands of your current project and future employment.

Exceptional experience

You’ll join a friendly, supportive and diverse community of postgraduate researchers who come from all over the world. You’ll be associated with one of our research groups, a small community with whom you’ll interact on a daily basis. You’ll have regular direct contact with your academic supervisor who will provide guidance and support throughout your research. An annual showcase brings the research community from across our campus together to celebrate the excellence and diversity of work being done by our postgraduate researchers. 

Rewarding careers

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.