Postgraduate research opportunities

Browse through our research degree opportunities to find PhD projects and scholarships. Some of our funding options are linked to specific projects, whilst others can be applied more flexibly, allowing you to choose your research area and supervisor. These opportunities are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are very competitive, so it is important you make enquiries and apply as early as possible. Former students may be eligible for a 10% discount on fees with our alumni bursary.

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Funding schemes

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
Alumni bursary Worldwide (International, UK and EU) No deadline - automatic
STFC Doctoral Training Partnerships - Astrophysics UK and EU Applications accepted all year round
PANORAMA NERC Doctoral Training Partnership Chemistry UK and EU 7 January 2019
BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) - Organic chemistry UK and EU 7 January 2019
PANORAMA NERC Doctoral Training Partnership Mathematics UK and EU 7 January 2019
China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Physics and astronomy Citizens or permanent residents of the People's Republic of China 9 January 2019
China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Chemistry Citizens or permanent residents of the People's Republic of China 9 January 2019
China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Mathematics Citizens or permanent residents of the People's Republic of China 9 January 2019
China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Food science and Nutrition Citizens or permanent residents of the People's Republic of China 9 January 2019
EPSRC funded scholarships Physics and astronomy UK and EU 11 January 2019
Leeds Doctoral Scholarships Mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 11 January 2019
Leeds Doctoral Scholarships Physics and astronomy Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 11 January 2019
Leeds Doctoral Scholarships Food science and Nutrition Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 11 January 2019
Leeds Doctoral Scholarships Chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 11 January 2019
The Bragg, Lonsdale and Stoner Excellence Scholarships Physics and astronomy International (excluding EU) 31 January 2019
Priestley Doctoral Scholarships Chemistry UK and EU 8 February 2019
School of Mathematics Scholarships Mathematics UK and EU 31 March 2019
EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) Mathematics UK and EU 31 March 2019
STFC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) - Applied mathematics UK and EU 31 March 2019
Henry Ellison Scholarship Physics and astronomy UK and EU 1 June 2019

Directly funded PhD projects

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
Defect dynamics in energy materials - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Biological physics of cell trafficking: Immune cell homing at the blood vessel wall - Soft matter physics UK and EU 6 January 2019
Biochemistry of cell-cell communication: revealing how signalling proteins move and interact in the extracellular space - Organic chemistry UK and EU 6 January 2019
Vitamin C microbubbles as therapeutic agents for colorectal cancer - Molecular and nanoscale physics UK and EU 7 January 2019
Microbubble treatments for controlling biofilms - Molecular and nanoscale physics UK and EU 12 January 2019
Dynamics of complex magnets – non-colinear and frustrated antiferromagnets - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 31 January 2019
Synthetic Antiferromagnetic Skyrmions - Condensed matter UK and EU 11 February 2019
Multi-phase CFD modelling of biological tissue (with applications in liver surgery) - Astrophysics UK and EU 11 February 2019
Plague hazard assessment toolset - Applied mathematics UK and EU 28 February 2019
A decision-support modelling toolset for anthrax infection and treatment - Applied mathematics UK and EU 28 February 2019
Water as A Green Reaction Medium: Realising Its Full Potential - Organic chemistry UK and EU 1 May 2019
ERC-Funded PhD studentship on Dynamic Control of Crystallization Processes using Microfluidic Systems Chemistry UK and EU 1 September 2019

Competition funded PhD projects

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
New Chemistry for Carbon Capture and Storage Chemistry UK only Applications accepted all year round
Bio-Inspired Approaches to Functional Nanocomposites - Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Activity-directed synthesis of bioactive small molecules - Organic chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Identification of mlm receptor antagonists for treatment of cancer - Organic chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Unravelling interkingdom signalling using chemical probes - Organic chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Polyvalent Multifunctional Nanoparticles to Address Resistance Bacteria Chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Development of carbon-based heterogeneous (photo)catalysts Chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Quantum and Classical Molecular Dynamics - Physical chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The kinetics of astrochemical and planetary reactions studied at very low temperatures - Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Spin-crossover compounds – switchable materials from simple metal complexes - Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Machine learning for chemical manufacture - Physical chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Functionalised amino-acid analogues for chemical proteomics - Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Feedback-responsive protocells - Physical chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Electrochemical synthesis, catalyst screening and optimisation of base-metal catalysts using a flow reactor platform - Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Probing Viral Receptor-Sugar Interactions using Multifunctional Glycan-Nanoparticle - Organic chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Silver-N-heterocyclic carbene complexes for anticancer applications - Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
A comparative study of metallic ions in the atmospheres of Earth and Mars - Physical chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Metal complexes of radical ligands - Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Metallosupramolecular assemblies and metal-organic frameworks - Inorganic and materials chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Food and nutrient intake in relation to health outcomes: the UK Women's Cohort Study Food science and Nutrition Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The role of genetics in the regulation of metabolism and cardiometabolic diseases and cancer Food science and Nutrition Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Physiological and psychological mechanisms of resistance to weight loss Food science and Nutrition Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Development and validation of new dietary assessment methods Food science and Nutrition Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Bayesian clustering, Dirichlet process mixture modelling and metabolic profile landscape analysis of fat and lipid biomarkers derived from large-scale lipidomics Food science and Nutrition Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Food colloids and interfacial science Food science and Nutrition Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Magnetic skyrmions in chiral multilayers - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Proximity-induced superconductivity on topological insulator thin films - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Quantum dot superstructures - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The physics of glass - fundamental mechanisms and novel applications - Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Structure and control of DNA origami - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The physics of microgels and other soft colloids - Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Topological quantum systems: synthesis and applications - Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Application are accepted year round
All natural composites - Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Multifunctional Inorganic Hybrid Nanoparticles for Delivery of Novel Antimicrobial Agents - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Tuning selective gas transport in polymers by manipulation of molecular orientation - Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Vitrimers: characterizing a new class of supramolecular materials and exploring their potential for novel applications - Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Ultra-thin topological insulator spin-current transistor - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Multiscale mechanics: folded globular proteins as hydrogel Lego bricks - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Dynamics of Geometry in Topological Quantum Matter - Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Quantum Many-Body Scars - Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Life on Mars? Self assembly of biological molecules in extreme conditions - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Probing the molecular composition of planet-forming regions with ALMA - Astrophysics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Spin Photovoltaics - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Development of a high resolution microscope using microfluidic technology - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Computer Simulations of Biological Macromolecules - Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications are accepted all year round
Quantum Entanglement Dynamics - Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications are accepted all year round
Simulating the atmospheres of rocky exoplanets - Astrophysics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications are accepted all year round
Development of a microfluidic device for biocatalysts - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Single Cell Deformation for Understanding Progression - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Symmetry and asymmetry in neural sensorimotor signal pathways - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Fluctuation and equilibration in artificial magnetic quasicrystals - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Molecular dynamics simulation of nonlinear terahertz spectroscopies - Physical chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications are accepted all year round
Teaching a machine to move atoms - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Modelling asymmetric Bayesian Games - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Hirsch's Citation Index and Limit Shape of Random Partitions - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Fast Bayesian estimation using expectation propagation methods applied to inverse problems - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Random Permutations and Integer Partitions - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Moduli spaces of algebraic curves and mathematical physics - Pure mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Multiscale statistical classification - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Optimal collective foraging by bee colonies - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Stable doubly diffusive convectons - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Pattern Formation (Applied Nonlinear Dynamics) - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Stochastic control models for financial applications - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Mathematical models of quantum-classical interactions - Pure mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Covariant Spectral Theory - Pure mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Optimising collective intelligence - Pure mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Temporal models for heterogeneous datasets - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Minimal surfaces in Riemannian manifolds - Pure mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Stochastic processes in Health & Disease - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Dynamic Dependence modelling - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Dynamic shape modelling in reconstructive surgery - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Phenotypic prediction based on multiscale copy number alteration profiles - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Quantum Variational Principle and Discrete Integrable Systems Mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The Archetypal Equation with Rescaling and Related Topics - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Elliptic Discrete Integrable Systems - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Survival Analysis using temporal patterns - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Stochastic Evolution of Populations in Fluctuating Environments - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Modelling Biodiversity and Pattern Formation with Evolutionary Games - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Social Dynamics and Emergence of Collective Behaviour - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Modelling car-sharing choice using extreme value theory Mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Direct Statistical Simulation of Mulitscale Fluids - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The MHD Thin Shell Equations - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Locally-adaptive Bayesian modelling for medical image reconstruction - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Multiscale spatio-temporal modelling - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Big computations and big data = robust results? - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Geometry and dynamics of topological solitons - Pure mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Tidal flows in extrasolar planets and stars - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Theoretical analysis of numerical schemes for stochastic (partial) differential equations - Statistics and financial mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Integrable nonlinear PDEs on graphs and applications to solitons on networks - Applied mathematics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
NERC Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership - Wave-induced transport of chemically active species in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere - Physical chemistry UK and EU 7 January 2019
NERC Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership - Trace gas detection: High resolution vibrational spectroscopy of atmospheric molecules - Physical chemistry UK and EU 7 January 2019
Staircase Formation in Fluid Dynamical Systems (NERC DTP) - Applied mathematics UK and EU 7 January 2019
Multivariate Peaks-Over-Threshold (POT) Modelling of Non-stationary Air Pollution Concentration Data (NERC DTP) - Applied mathematics UK and EU 7 January 2019
Functional Data Analysis Model for Air Quality and its Impact on Health (NERC DTP) - Applied mathematics UK and EU 7 January 2019
NERC Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership - Radical changes in atmospheric composition and their role in climate in the Proterozoic - Physical chemistry UK and EU 7 January 2019
Mean field methods for stochastic population dynamics (NERC DTP) - Applied mathematics UK and EU 7 January 2019
Designer cross-linking chemistry to probe protein-protein interactions in cells - Organic chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 7 January 2019
Vitrimers – synthesis of a new class of supramolecular materials and exploration of their materials properties - Organic chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 7 January 2019
NERC Panorama Doctoral Training Partnership - Long-term measurements of OH reactivity: A new metric for air quality - Physical chemistry UK and EU 7 January 2019
Formation and impacts of carbonyl sulfide in the atmosphere (Priestley Doctoral Scholarships) Chemistry UK and EU 8 February 2019
Photodissociation dynamics of jet-cooled radicals via velocity map imaging spectroscopy - Physical chemistry Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 1 June 2019
Chiral spin structures in antiferromagnet-ferromagnet bilayers - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 21 September 2019