Research Degrees, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
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  • Tuition Fee
  • English
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By choosing the Research Degrees offered by University of Leeds, you will contribute fully to the advancement of knowledge within the Business School. In return we will encourage you to undertake research training, help you publish your findings, and give you the support you need to complete your dissertation or thesis. 


Throughout the Research Degrees offered by University of Leeds, you will be considered a postgraduate researcher rather than a student and you will be an integral part of our research community. You will be supported on your research journey by supervisors, research centre contacts and the Graduate School office.

A distinguishing feature of the Leeds University Business School research degree is the innovative training programme, which will help you to develop your skills and build networks with colleagues in the Business School and across the region through the White Rose Doctoral Training Programme. 

A Leeds University Business School PhD is a high quality doctorate. On completion you will have become an independent researcher and acquired teaching skills as well as developing both intellectually and personally.

Career preparation

You will be part of our energetic research environment, working with staff of the highest calibre within our internationally-recognised research centres. We have grown in both size and influence to become one of the most highly regarded business schools in the country - offering a challenging and vibrant atmosphere that will stimulate your thoughts, focus your work and prepare you for a successful future.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Part-time application deadline: 31 July
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Research Topics

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Work and Employment Relations

Training Pathways

When entering the programme you will opt for one of our three core training pathways:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics
  • Management and Business

For more information, please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Step 1: Locating your research

Before you apply, it is important that you take the time to review our current research activity to identify where your research interests link to our work and expertise.

Step 2: Documentation

  • Research proposal
  • Locating your Research form
  • Certified copies of qualification certificates 
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts
  • English Language Certificate
  • Two References
Step 3: Apply online

Once you have completed steps one and two you will need to complete the online application form.

Tuition Fee


Leeds University Business School offers a broad range of scholarships each year, including:

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) scholarships
  • University of Leeds scholarships
  • Leeds University Business School scholarships
  • University of Leeds Alumni Bursary

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.