Research degree admissions and registration
Admissions Policy (Postgraduate researchers)
The postgraduate research admissions policy (PDF) applies to recruitment and admissions to all our postgraduate research programmes.
Applications for postgraduate research degrees
Research postgraduate applicants mainly apply online or there is a word application form. Some miscellaneous visitors may need to complete different forms. Admissions are handled by relevant Schools and offers are made by the Postgraduate Research and Operations office.
Concurrent registrations for postgraduate researchers
Candidates for research degrees are not normally permitted to register concurrently for two programmes of study at this or another Higher Education Institution.
Conditions of Acceptance for Postgraduate Researcher Applicants
Applicants who have been offered a place subject to the award of a previous qualification must provide evidence of this prior to registration.
considering applications for part-time research degree study
Part-time study is not offered as an option for all research degree programmes. Applicants should seek advice from the relevant Faculty/School in advance of making an application. Academic requirements for part-time study are identical to those for full-time study. Eligibility for Part-time Study Where the research degree programme is offered on a part-time basis applicants for part-time study will be considered in the following circumstances only:
English language requirements for Postgraduate Researchers
Postgraduate researchers will need a high level of English language qualification if they wish to study at the University of Leeds.
Exceptional cases for postgraduate researcher admissions
If an applicant does not meet the usual entry requirements or the school would like special arrangements to be made for the applicant, the school must provide evidence for the applicant to be accepted.
Induction for postgraduate researchers
A good induction can help PGRs settle in quickly and begin to make early progress with their research.
Part time research degrees for Leeds staff
Members of University Staff may apply to be accepted as candidates for research degrees on a part-time basis only, subject to satisfying the entry requirements.
PGR & Operations - Admissions
The Postgraduate Research and Operations (Admissions and Registration) team process and issue offers for direct applications received for research postgraduate programmes.
Postgraduate Researcher - Admission Start Dates/Changes of Start Date
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing initial start dates for applicants. You can also find out the process for change of start date, after a formal offer has been made.
Postgraduate researchers enrolling on taught modules
Postgraduate researchers can participate in taught modules, either with formal enrolment and assessment, or by attending part or all of the module without undergoing assessment,in addition to the research if they are useful for training and are approved by their supervisor(s).
Thesis in a language other than English (research students)
Research degree candidates within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies may be granted permission to submit theses in a language other than English.
Transfer in - postgraduate researchers
This section applies to PGRs who are currently registered for a research degree at another university and who wish, as a result of their supervisor moving to Leeds, to arrange a transfer to Leeds to continue with their research.