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How to apply

You can apply for a research degree at any time during the academic year.

Deadline dates

Our current deadline and enrolment dates are:

  • Deadline for applications is the end of the preceding November* and enrolment is February
  • Deadline for applications is the end of March* and enrolment is June
  • Deadline for applications is the end of July* and enrolment is October

Successful applicants will be required to attend our compulsory university induction at the beginning of their programme of study.

To find out more about our PHD Scholarships in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation and Leeds Rugby, click here.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for each award are detailed within the University Research Regulations. You can access the full regulations online, or by emailing the Research Student Administration team.

If your qualifications don’t match with the requirements in the Research Regulations, you may still be able to start a research programme if you have ‘non-standard’ qualifications that can also be considered on their own merits on a case by case basis.

Research award entry criteria

Entry Qualifications for Admission

Applicants for registration for a research award will be expected to hold a good first degree and for professional doctorates, relevant professional experience. For entry requirements for individual research award degrees, please refer to the Research Regulations.

English Language Qualification

If your first language is not English, the University will require evidence that you have the necessary language skills to fulfil the requirements of the award. You will need to provide evidence of a minimum International English Language Testing System Grade 6.5 (IELTS 6.5) with no individual sub-score below 6.0 or equivalent for all research awards.

Non-standard Entry Qualifications

If you do not currently entry qualifications as stated in the Research Regulations, your application may be considered on its merits. You will need to demonstrate and evidence that your background knowledge is appropriate and that you have the ability to carry out the research to the level required for the award you wish to apply to.


Research fees for 2013-14 are as follows:

Full-time for UK & EU students - £3,900 per year

Full-time for International students - £11,500 per year

Part-time for UK & EU students - £1,950 per year

Part-time for International students - £5,750 per year

Application documents

If you are interested in applying for a research degree then please fill out this form and email it back to ResearchAdmissions@leedsmet.ac.uk

See here for information on fees.

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