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How to Apply

How to apply

You can start a research degree on the first of any month however the majority of University and Research Council funding starts on 1st October. Applications can be made at any time of the year unless there is a specific scholarships deadline you are working towards. Most University and Research Council scholarship competitions have deadlines between January and June so please check this carefully on our funding page or the University's Postgraduate Scholarships database

Acceptance onto a research degree programme is dependent upon strong academic credentials and research potential, a well-defined research project, and the availability of academic staff to supervise your research. If you are applying with your own project, please note that it can take some time to reach a decision on your application as we try and match your proposed research to available supervisory expertise. Therefore, please submit your application well in advance of any funding deadlines to allow sufficient time for processing.

Please check our FAQs which will answer any queries you may have.

To apply you need to submit all the following documentation:

  • An application form for research degree study (please click on the link)
  • Curriculum Vitae (cv/resumé) outlining your academic achievements and any relevant experience to date.
  • Transcripts and certificates of all degrees obtained to date.  If you have not yet graduated, please send details of marks obtained so far.
  • One of the following:

a) Research Proposal (for students applying with their own projects). This should be no longer than six pages, plus references. It should include an introduction to the topic, the aims of the research and the specific research questions, full methodology, and referencing.  This will enable potential supervisors to see if you have a good grasp of the literature and understand the major issues, and that your methodology is sound. A well-written proposal will demonstrate your competence, as well as helping us to make sure that we have staff with the expertise needed for the successful completion of your research. 

b) Statement of Motivation (for students applying for one of our advertised PhD topics).  Identify your preferred project and explain why it interests you and how your current qualifications and skills map onto the requirements for that choice of project.

  • Academic references. To consider your application we require at least two strong academic references. These should be written by someone who is able to comment on your academic ability, for example your tutor, lecturer or Head of Department. Please contact your referees and ask them to complete our recommendation form and to return these directly to Jacqui Manton (RPG Administrator) by email or post.
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you meet the University's English Language requirements (e.g., IELTS/TOEFL).

Please note that we are unable to consider your application until all of the required documents have been received. These can be sent by post, uploaded to the online application system or sent by email to:

Jacqui Manton
Research Postgraduate Administrator

School of Geography
University of Leeds
Tel - +44 (0) 113 34 36531
Fax - +44 (0) 113 34 33308
Email: j.manton(at)