PhD and Research Degrees FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Postgraduate research

Professional Development Tutor in conversation with a student
What are the entry requirements of the PhD at Leeds University Business School?

You can find out all of the postgraduate research entry requirements here.

I have a Masters degree in a different discipline, am I still eligible for the PhD programme?

If you have a Masters degree in a different discipline we would recommend that you complete one of our Masters (either taught or research) programmes in a relevant discipline.

The diagram below shows the possible routes to research at the Business School.

Diagram of routes to postgraduate research at Leeds University Business School
I have a Masters degrees with an average below 60%, am I still eligible for the PhD programme?

We would recommend that you complete one of our Masters (either taught or research) programmes in a relevant discipline.

The diagram below shows the routes to research at the Business School.

Diagram of routes to postgraduate research at Leeds University Business School
Do you require GMAT?

No, we do not require GMAT as part of the application.

Is there an application fee?

No, we do not request an application fee for research degrees at Leeds University Business School.

Can I speak to an academic member of staff prior to submitting my application?

Unfortunately, due to the large number of enquiries received on a weekly basis, academic members of staff are generally unable to comment on potential research projects until a full application (including research proposal) has been received.

Once you have submitted your research degree application and provided all of your supporting documents, if minimum requirements are met, your application will be distributed to potential supervisors in the relevant academic division. If there is supervisory interest in your application, the potential supervisor(s) may then contact you for an interview or to help shape your proposal. 

However, if you have located your research within the Management division, please do feel free to contact any of the academics from within your chosen Research Centre who may be able to offer you some further discussion.

When will I receive a decision on my application?

You will be contacted by a member of the Graduate School shortly after you submit your application to outline any missing documents. Upon receipt of a full PhD application (see how to apply for details) it will be passed for review to the academic division identified on your form for locating your research. In some cases it can take 4-6 weeks for you to receive a decision.

Will I be interviewed for a place on the programme?

You may be asked to attend an discussion regarding your application by an academic member of staff. These will be conducted in person, over the telephone or by Skype.

Is there an application deadline?

Due to the highly competitive nature of gaining a place on the PhD programme it is advisable that you apply as early as possible. An early application is especially important for international applicants as it ensures sufficient time for visa applications and processing.

The closing dates for applications to our PhD and MSc Research programmes can be found on our how to apply page.

If you are applying for funding, your research degree application may have to be submitted by a deadline determined by your scholarship. See our Funding and Scholarships page for more information about our scholarships.

Is accommodation available?

All international (outside the EU) students are guaranteed University accommodation if they are accepted onto the programme and apply for accommodation by the deadline.

For all other students, we strongly recommend you start your house-hunting search with Unipol, a registered charity that works closely with the University to help students and staff to find suitable accommodation. On their website you can find available properties, as well as advice and support to help you find a suitable home. 

Do you have representatives or offices overseas?

Yes, the University of Leeds has a network of representatives and offices around the world and our UK based staff are often attending international fairs.

Find out if we are visiting your country soon.

Can I defer my offer?

Yes, it is possible to defer your offer for one year upon agreement by your nominated supervisor(s) and the Director of the Graduate School.

Can I start my studies in January?

Due to the comprehensive training that all 1st year researchers must complete we only have one start date every year in October. See training and development for more information on the different training pathways.

Please contact the Graduate School who will be able to help with advice regarding the appropriate start date for your application phd@lubs.leeds.ac.uk.

Can I do a split-site PhD?

Split-site study is extremely rare and any request for this mode of study would need to be approved by a University Committee. If your application is successful, you must be in the UK for at least 8 months over the course of the PhD. You would also need to be in Leeds for compulsory training modules, the transfer event and the examination of the thesis.

Split-site study would involve having your main supervisory team based here in Leeds, and a ‘local advisor’ in your home country, who would also need to be approved by the University. The duration of the programme would be a 5-year standard period of study, with a maximum time limit for submission of the PhD thesis of 7 years. 

Please note that split-site study has a higher English language requirement than the normal mode of study - see PhD entry requirements.

Can I do my PhD by distance learning?

This mode of study is not currently available for any of our research degree courses.

Can I transfer my PhD to Leeds?

We are only able to accept transfers of study if your current PhD supervisor is beginning employment at the University of Leeds and you wish to transfer with them.

Unfortunately we are unable to accept transfers of PhD study from other universities in any other circumstances.

Can I apply before I meet the English Language requirements?

Yes, you can submit an application for our research degrees before you have met the English language requirements. If we are able to make you an offer, this would be conditional on you achieving our standard English language requirements. You would have to meet these requirements before you could be made an unconditional offer and begin your course at Leeds.

What is a BANNER ID number?

Once you have submitted your research degree application, a unique BANNER ID number will be automatically generated and emailed to you. As soon as you receive this number, you can submit your chosen scholarship application(s). Please be sure to include your BANNER ID number on any scholarship applications you submit, as forms submitted without a BANNER ID number will not be considered.