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A food science doctoral student at the University of Leeds

Centres for Doctoral Training

Our Centres for Doctoral Training offer a range of opportunities for PhD students to study at centres of excellence

Centres for Doctoral Training

Leeds Doctoral College

The Doctoral College will support you throughout your research degree by coordinating all the support services and enhancement opportunities available to you

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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.

Research excellence

The School of Food Science and Nutrition is globally renowned for its teaching and research across the whole spectrum of food, from the molecular level to how food affects our body and how our diet is influencing our health. We have an established reputation for delivering high quality research, with 100% of our research rated as either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact in 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. 

Research facilities

We have all the research facilities that you’ll need to support your doctoral research. 

Professional development

We’re committed to helping you prepare for what’s ahead in your research degree and future career. Our researcher training and development hub provides you with access to tailored training and development opportunities designed 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 have regular direct contact with your academic supervisor who will provide guidance and support on your project. 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 including, among others: Principle Healthcare Ltd, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Campden BRI, and the University of Hong Kong.  

Michael Houghton PhD in Food Biochemistry

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The research programme at Leeds is one of the best I’d heard about. The University is a leading research institute and the School of Food Science and Nutrition is ranked very highly.
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