Training and Development

Develop your skills and maximise your research potential

Students in discussion in classroom

A distinguishing feature of Leeds University Business School's research degree programme is a strong emphasis on formal training in research methods and the development of researcher skills. 

You will be supported in your research degree by your academic supervisor. This should be viewed not just as an opportunity for guidance on your research project but as an apprenticeship, helping you to develop a wider range of advanced research methods skills and knowledge of your discipline. You will also follow a programme of formal research training.

Our aim is to produce not just excellent doctoral research dissertations, but also excellent researchers who are well rounded and fully equipped for careers in academia and research.

PhD training pathways

All our postgraduate researchers follow a programme of formal training to develop their research skills. The nature and scope of the training will depend on your academic qualifications, knowledge and experience.

When entering the PhD programme you will opt for one of the core training pathways below. All three pathways include both a core element (taught modules attended by all first year postgraduate researchers) and more specific training relevant to your area. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills that underpin successful achievement in a wide range of future careers, such as communication (written, oral and visual), enterprise, knowledge transfer, teaching, working in multidisciplinary teams and academic engagement.

Accounting and Finance

Year one

Full-time postgraduate researchers must complete the compulsory modules below by the end of their first year of study. Part-time postgraduate researchers must complete the compulsory modules by the end of their second year of study. Exemptions from some of the modules may be granted dependent upon prior research training.

Year two

Full-time postgraduate researchers must complete the following module in their second year of study. Part-time postgraduate researchers must complete it in their third year of study.

Modules subject to change.

Economics

Year one

Full-time postgraduate researchers must complete the compulsory modules below by the end of their first year of study. Part-time postgraduate researchers must complete the compulsory modules by the end of their second year of study. Exemptions from some of the modules may be granted dependent upon prior research training.

Year two

Full-time postgraduate researchers must complete 15 credits from an Economics taught postgraduate module in their second year of study. Part-time postgraduate researchers must complete this in their third year of study.

Modules subject to change.

Management and Business

Year one

Full-time postgraduate researchers must complete the compulsory modules below by the end of their first year of study. Part-time postgraduate researchers must complete the compulsory modules by the end of their second year of study. Exemptions from some of the modules may be granted dependent upon prior research training. 

Year two

Full-time postgraduate researchers must complete one of the modules below in their second year of study. Part-time postgraduate researchers must complete one of the modules below in their third year of study.

Modules subject to change.

All taught modules are assessed, either by exams or coursework. Seminars, workshops and the annual Leeds University Business School PhD conference are also an important component of this training programme.

The overall amount of training undertaken will vary according to your specific needs. Throughout your training you will engage in critical self-reflection through your Personal Development Plan and through contact with your supervisor. Further training elements can be provided to enhance your abilities as required.

Additional training providers at the University of Leeds include the LEAP Training Hub, Researcher Training and Development, Staff and Departmental Development Unit, The University Library and IT.

Advanced skills training

We actively champion the provision of advanced skills training for Postgraduate Researchers:

Further development opportunities

As a postgraduate researcher at Leeds University Business School you will be invited to take part in the White Rose Doctoral Conference and Showcase - the University of Leeds Postgraduate Research Conference. Funding is also available for those wishing to attend or present at other conferences both in the UK and globally.

We also offer postgraduate researchers the opportunity to apply for placements within industry, undertaking policy relevant research and developing research skills within the organisation. These internships allow you to engage with the needs of external organisations and to learn from this in tailoring your future research plans. 

The Business School runs a range of activities that bring members of the school together with key external stakeholders to help ensure the continuing relevance of our research to user communities. These activities include the Corporate Wisdom Lecture Series event series.