Split-site PhDs

A split-site PhD at the University of Leeds is defined by a PGR spending agreed periods of study in Leeds and other periods of study in a research institute or commercial / industrial organisation. 

Model A involving a strategic partnership with a commercial/industrial organisation or an international academic or research institution. These are normally cohort-based and full-time study.

Model B involving individual Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs). These are normally part-time study.

If you are considering any of these arrangements, contact Postgraduate Research and Operations for advice early on to help make the programme development process as smooth as possible.

All split-site models of study require proof a higher level of English language proficiency than the University minimum for research degrees (IELTS 6.5 with no component below 6.0)  

Model A: strategic partnership with a commercial/industrial organisation or an international academic or research institution

Provides opportunities for research project collaboration between the University and high quality commercial or industrial organisations with a research component and reputation. The collaboration may lead to further research collaboration between the institutions.

PGRs are jointly supervised by experienced research degree supervisors from Leeds and similarly experienced researchers from the partner organisation.

Model A Information and Guidance

Model A Proposal form

Model B: individual PGRs of very high quality

The PGR is supervised by a research degree supervisor at the University of Leeds and a local adviser is appointed to provide day to day support. The adviser will be from a higher education institution, research institute, commercial or industrial organisation with a significant research component or reputation.

Model B Information and Guidance

Model B Proposal form

Split-site models of study


Model A  Model B 
Method of study full-time part-time
Standard period of study 3 years 5 years
Period of study required at Leeds 18 months 8 months
Timing of transfer  End of Year 1 End of Year 2
Maximum time limit for submission 4 years  7 years 

Split-site fees

Fees are set as a percentage of the home/EU or international full time fee.

Year of study Model A  Model B 
75%  75% 
40%  50% 
40%  50% 
20%  50% 
50%