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OUR RESEARCHERS ARE CHANGING THE WORLD IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE COME AND JOIN US

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WELCOME TO POSTGRADUATE STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS


As one of the largest research-intensive universities in the UK, Leeds engages in world-class research across an exceptionally diverse range of disciplines. This breadth of knowledge and expertise underpins our commitment to work with partners from all sectors, from all over the world, and ensures our research has direct economic and societal benets. Undertaking a research degree is both an enormously challenging and rewarding activity. With the current global economic climate of uncertainty, and societal challenges stemming from an ageing population, environmental change and an increasingly mobile international workforce, there has never been a greater need for original, creative and innovative research. You will contribute to research that drives highly competitive, knowledge-driven economies, that transforms emerging economies and that supports diverse multicultural societies. Researchers have a key role to play here, as individuals who can really make a difference. At Leeds, our community of over 2,200 postgraduate researchers form a vital part of the Universitys vibrant research culture. For some, undertaking a PhD is the start of your academic career, whilst for others its a way of developing advanced skills and expertise, providing a gateway into industry, the professions or related elds. For just about all, it is a journey which will deepen your passion for your subject and explore the limits of your potential. It is a challenge, but one we are here to help you succeed in and to enjoy. This guide features some of our current and recent postgraduate researchers; read about how theyve changed and developed, and how their work is impacting upon our understanding of issues of global importance, including environmental sustainability, health services, materials science, new drug development, water management and the relationship between nutrition and behaviour. Postgraduate researchers and the staff they work with are helping Leeds move from strength to strength in research. We have continued to grow our research income in a competitive environment over 120m in 2011/12 and the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise ranked Leeds in the UKs top ten for research power. These successes have only been achieved with the tremendous dedication of all our researchers. By 2015 we will have spent 157m on new buildings and refurbishment. Recent developments include the new 4.4m, state-of-the-art home for the Institute of Communications Studies, a 12.5m Energy Research building and the 9.5m refurbishment of the Leeds Dental Institute that now gives our dental students access to some of the best facilities in the world. In March 2012 the Michael Marks Building housing the Marks & Spencer company archive of more than 60,000 items opened on the Universitys western campus, where it serves as a living resource for academic researchers. We have an award-winning childcare centre and a state-ofthe-art sports facility making our campus a fantastic place to work and study. Every day our talented postgraduate researchers are working on projects which are changing the world around us. If you want to be part of a research community that will encourage and stimulate, challenge and support you, then Leeds is the place for you. We look forward to hearing from you.

PROFESSOR PAUL HARRISON DEAN OF POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDIES

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Why research at Leeds The postgraduate research experience Shape your career Making a difference: Research in the real world Doctoral Training Centres Creating new gateways to research An international University World-class facilities Support Funding and scholarships Types of research degree and how to apply Research areas Why youll love our city Campus map How to nd us Page 4 7 10 14 18 20 22 26 29 30 33 34 36 38 40

This publication covers everything about studying with us, from our research areas through to facilities and accommodation. Youll nd the things you need to know, such as the research happening on campus which is having real-world impact, what previous postgraduate researchers have achieved and what some of our current postgraduate researchers say about being here. We recommend that you look at our website for the latest information. www.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduate

Legal For current information on courses, fees and entry requirements please visit our website at www.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduate Whilst the University endeavours to ensure that the information contained in this brochure is accurate at the date of publication the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies contained within it. Where circumstances change outside the reasonable control of the University, the University reserves the right to change or cancel parts of, or entire, programmes of study or services at any time without liability, even after students have registered at the University. Circumstances outside of the Universitys reasonable control include, industrial action, over or under demand from students, staff illness, lack of funding, severe weather, re, civil disorder, political unrest, government restrictions and concern with regard to the transmission of serious illness. The Universitys contract with its students does not confer third party benets for the purposes of the Contract (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999.

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The University strategy gives us a framework to deliver a With enormous economic, environmental and postgraduate research experience that attracts the worlds best societal challenges facing the world, there has students, and facilities to assist in cutting-edge research that has impact on a local and a global scale. never been a greater need for original, creative and innovative research research that drives Whether you want to deepen your knowledge of a subject, highly competitive, knowledge-driven and enhance your career opportunities or take a new direction in life, emerging economies, and that supports diverse the University of Leeds is the place to be. Established in 1904, we are one of the UKs largest universities, located in the heart of multicultural societies. In rising to this challenge, a vibrant, affordable and student-friendly city. a research degree combines the acquisition Research excellence of research skills and knowledge with the Leeds is one of the UKs foremost research universities, opportunity to develop a much wider range with more than 61% of our research rated as world leading of attributes. This will prepare you for or internationally excellent, with a further 32.5% of national importance, securing the University 14th place in the UK for employment in the modern commercial research quality and 8th place for research power in the 2008 or academic environment, and help you realise Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). More than half of our schools were ranked in the top 10 in the country, including personal ambitions, whatever your chosen Electronic and Electrical Engineering (ranked the best in the future career path. country), Italian, English, Food Science and Education, to name Our ability to combine international excellence in research and sector-leading career mentoring and development means this really is a great time to be a postgraduate researcher at the University of Leeds. From the moment you decide to join us and throughout your time here, we will support you with a range of specialist services to help you make the most of your studies. We are a member of the Russell Group, 24 leading universities in the UK, who are committed to maintaining the very best research. The Russell Group also provides an outstanding teaching and learning experience and has unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Our University is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in a wide range of disciplines and we are known for the quality of our postgraduate teaching and research. The size and breadth of our University means that you will be surrounded by academics and other researchers to network and collaborate with. We have more than 5,000 taught postgraduate students and 2,000 postgraduate researchers. On campus you will enjoy a truly international experience with students from over 130 countries. Our size means that you will experience the benets of our outstanding resources, including one of the countrys leading academic research libraries, and high-quality laboratories and computing facilities. just a few.

The University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of 24 research-intensive universities. We are in the top 100 universities in the world for reputation, coming 9th place within the Russell Group (THE World Reputation Rankings 2012). Leeds is ranked in the world top 50 in the subject areas of History, English, Education and Earth Sciences (QS World Rankings 2012).

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Id been working as an Organisational Psychologist (OP) for a couple of years when I came across an article written by the University of Leeds discussing how OPs need to focus more on the issue of climate change. As behaviour change experts were in a strong position to help organisations contribute to this issue and in the long-term I could see how a PhD in this area could enhance my career.

My PhD investigates how to facilitate a stronger link between environmental behaviours carried out at work and at home in order to accelerate behaviour change. I looked at other universities but found the experts at Leeds. Id heard of Professor Chris Clegg, now my supervisor, before I came here. Chris has a great reputation and I knew hed be a fantastic supervisor.

Likewise my second supervisor, Dr Peter Gardner, is an expert in health technologies and behaviour change. I knew Chris and the Socio-Technical Centre (STC), where Im based, had strong industry links and this was particularly important to me. Coming from a consultancy background, it was imperative that my PhD has practical signicance and that I make as many connections with industry as possible.

I am currently working with four organisations in oil and gas, manufacturing, engineering and government. Theres also additional work set up with a large car manufacturing company who are interested in integrating my ndings into their environmental programme a link that I wouldnt have had, had I not been a member of the STC. Phillipa is pictured in the Liberty building

PHILLIPA COAN PhD IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOUR IN THE WORKPLACE

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First-class academic resources


We are continually investing in our campus and facilities to make sure that you have the very best experience at the University. By 2015 we will have spent 157m on new buildings and refurbishment to provide you with a sustainable environment and the facilities you would expect from a world-class institution. The University provides a pleasant and friendly environment for research. The Universitys library is one of the largest in the country, with over three million items. Interdisciplinary links across the University provide access to state-of-theart equipment and expertise necessary for multidisciplinary research, including modern, fully-equipped laboratories, a wellresourced Language Centre and rst-rate IT facilities.

Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies


The University of Leeds recognises that the quality of postgraduate researchers is vital to the success of our research mission and strategy. The Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies specically focuses on your interests and experiences, including your induction, supervision, transfer, thesis production, training and eventual graduation. Another part of the Deans role is to further develop relationships with funding bodies in order to gain a better understanding of current and future funding opportunities for you.

Graduate schools
Each of our graduate schools is headed by a Director who is a senior member of our academic staff. Arrangements in each graduate school may vary to take account of the requirements of the different disciplines; however, the graduate school structure strengthens and promotes best practice in the support and monitoring of postgraduate researchers alongside providing a consistent experience for all. Graduate schools also provide opportunities for you to interact academically and socially across schools and departments through the organisation of conferences, seminars and social events.

Supervisor expertise
As a research-intensive institution, integrating research with learning and teaching is at the heart of our strategy. Our worldrenowned academics are continually striving for academic excellence and are actively engaged in world-leading research at the cutting edge of their discipline. When you become a postgraduate researcher at the University of Leeds, you will join our vibrant community and contribute to the creation of new knowledge as well as challenging established ideas. Many of our academics also have widespread practical experience in consultancy and act as advisors to prominent national and international organisations. As a postgraduate researcher, you will usually be assigned two academic supervisors with specialist subject knowledge. They will provide support and encouragement, challenge your ideas, offer advice on training and development, review your progress and provide guidance and feedback on your work. This is normally one lead supervisor plus a co-supervisor (where appropriate, the co-supervisor may come from another department or from outside the University of Leeds). Supervision meetings are scheduled at regular intervals and are supported by meetings with your Postgraduate Research Tutor and/or the Director of your Graduate School.

Postgraduate Research Tutors


Each school has at least one Postgraduate Research Tutor (PGRT) who reports to the Director of their Graduate School. PGRTs are responsible for the enhancement of research quality and research culture within their school, department or unit and for co-ordinating admissions, registration, the appointment of supervisors, pastoral care, recording your progress and for liaison with Research Student Administration. They also provide advice on ethical reviews and other procedures such as transfer, progress, thesis submission, training, supervision and examination.

Interdisciplinarity
Interdisciplinary research is one of our great passions and strengths. At Leeds we have a strong interdisciplinary ethos, with many departments and schools collaborating within a number of research centres and clusters. These centres and clusters act as forums for the generation and development of ideas and support collaborative research, allowing researchers to freely interact across traditional subject boundaries.

I really enjoy working with my PhD researchers. We spend three years together pushing the boundaries of knowledge, and we develop a close working relationship. I introduce you to the network of colleagues and like-minded researchers within and beyond this vibrant research-intensive University. I help you to access the training that you need. I keep you on track but remember, this is your study, not mine. This isnt a one-sided relationship. I have lots to learn from you too. We are in this together. Dr Gary Chambers, Senior Lecturer, School of Education

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THE POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCE


Developing advanced skills is a vital part of your postgraduate research experience, equipping you to reach your full potential during your studies and beyond in your career.
We offer an outstanding range of skills development opportunities, including skills to support you in your research and in completing your degree, and also the skills that can open up employment possibilities in wide-ranging careers within and beyond academia. Our activity is in line with the Researcher Development Framework initiative and we hold the European HR Excellence in Research Award. Our dedicated team of researcher development professionals includes experienced researchers from a diverse range of disciplines and professional specialists in areas such as ethics, information technology, innovation and impact. The team has many years experience in delivering training and development activity for researchers.

The Graduate Training and Support Centre


The University has a Graduate Training and Support Centre (GTSC) dedicated to your personal and professional development. The GTSC works closely with other specialist training providers across the University, including our library services, IT Services (ISS), Careers Centre and Language Centre. www.leeds.ac.uk/gts The GTSC has a range of programmes of activity that can be accessed by all postgraduate researchers at the University, supporting you at each stage of your research and in your wider development. For researchers of all disciplines there is tailored provision in the following areas: Engineering; Mathematics and Physical Sciences; and Environment, Medicine and Health; and Biological Sciences, Business; Education, Social Sciences and Law; Arts; and Performance, Visual Arts and Communications. As a postgraduate researcher at Leeds, you will have the opportunity to attend and participate in national and international conferences, publish your research along the way, stir up academic debate, and work with industry on projects, placements, and as part of large-scale collaborative research partnerships. Within the GTSC, training programmes are available to help you understand how to successfully structure, write and self-edit a paper for publication, and how to make the most of presenting your work at conferences (either in poster format or as a short oral communication).

Training and development


The training and development of postgraduate researchers is a key aspect of the Universitys strategic aim to deliver a worldclass postgraduate researcher experience. With your supervisor, in your rst month, you will plan your training and development activity so that it is tailored to your needs. Plans are reviewed as you develop your research skills alongside your research project, keeping in mind your employment aspirations. Each researcher has access to their own personal space within our online Personal Development Record (PDR) system. The PDR supports your training and development needs analysis, lists your attendances at research development activities and records key milestones and progression all in one personalised area online. Postgraduate researchers also have access to dedicated training and development resources and advice from Vitae. Vitae is a UK Research Council-funded national organisation that supports the personal and professional development of researchers. Vitae provides a programme of national courses and activities; a dedicated portal with information, news and opportunities; Careers in Focus programmes; labour market and careers information, including surveys and research; and opportunities to input to national policy developments and initiatives. www.vitae.ac.uk

Faculty and school level activities


Personalised subject specic training and development activity is often available through your faculty and/or school. There is also bespoke activity associated with particular sources of funding for research, for example, for those registering for doctoral study as part of a Doctoral Training Centre or a Europeanfunded Marie Curie research project. If you want to develop your subject specic knowledge further, there is a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules available. Many departments run seminar series which are designed to increase the sharing of knowledge between postgraduate researchers, staff, alumni, practitioners and external partners. Seminars are often based on current research activities and provide a forum in which ideas and research synergies can be discussed. Attendance at seminars is a great opportunity for you to keep up to date with the latest developments in your eld in a more informal setting. Other departmental activities include reading groups, workshops, working paper series, public lectures and subject specic conferences both in the UK and overseas.

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Having previously studied and worked in the arts I decided to take an MSc in medical humanities. During my studies I heard that Professor Stuart Murray (whos now my primary supervisor), was setting up a centre at Leeds, for medical humanities. They wanted to get a PhD student to start building it up and I really wanted to play a part in the development of the new medical humanities centre.

Leeds seems to be particularly strong with close connections with health organisations and has one of the top English Departments in the country as well. My PhD is looking at representations of schizophrenia. My research combines interviews with people diagnosed with schizophrenia with the study of cultural materials and literature around the invention of the concept of schizophrenia.

I am looking at how their stories interact, with the stories of their illness as seen from the perspective of their carers and the healthcare professionals. With medical humanities being a new interdisciplinary eld, theres a lot of useful insights that could come out of this type of research. It will help people who are working in medicine to develop a more humanities-based understanding of how the medical exchange works.

This will improve health services by facilitating a more holistic interaction between the patient and medical professional. Healthcare is an important political topic at the moment so I certainly think theres going to be an increasing appetite for this kind of research. Were applying humanities analysis to things that are then having impact in the real world. Michael is pictured in the Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, at the University

MICHAEL FLEXER PhD IN MEDICAL HUMANITIES

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Library services
Our library provides workshops and seminars to help you nd and manage information. As a postgraduate researcher you will use a wide range of information resources and we offer dedicated support to help you navigate your way around them effectively and efciently. The library has a Faculty Team Librarian for each subject, who is available to provide training and one-toone support for postgraduate researchers. In addition, Skills@ Library offer a wide range of workshops including dissertations and theses: how to nd them, RSS and publication alerts for research, and references and citations explained.

It is a exible, dynamic organisation that uses the combined resources and intellectual power of its membership to achieve collective international objectives and to stretch international ambitions. Nurturing postgraduate researchers and early-career academics, and propelling their careers on the international stage, is an important goal of WUN. As a postgraduate researcher you will be encouraged to participate in collaborative programmes, and there are opportunities for you to be mentored by established experts in your eld. The Research Mobility Programme (RMP) will foster your personal and academic development in the early stage of your career and internationalise your focus. The competitive programme typically provides travel and subsistence for short exchanges to partner WUN universities for durations of two to three months. Institutions across the network open up their facilities, share expertise and establish new relationships at both graduate and supervisor level with participants in the programme. You will benet by expanding your knowledge base and enriching your thesis with insights from different research cultures. You will also develop the skills required for international academic success, and forge lasting links with new contacts and mentors. Find out more www.leeds.ac.uk/wun

IT training
As well as training opportunities for the Microsoft Ofce package we also provide specialist training in a large number of software packages and systems including C++, Python, LabView, SPSS and NVIVO. We support a wireless network and a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that allows students to connect when working off campus and we are a member of the White Rose Consortium, which gives postgraduate researchers access to the White Rose Grid, a research infrastructure providing massive parallel computing power. The Applications Software Team is responsible for the provision and support of a comprehensive range of software, datasets and related services to all students and offers day-to-day advice and support.

Learning and teaching workshops


The Staff and Departmental Development Unit (SDDU) runs a series of workshops on various aspects of teaching and student learning for postgraduate researchers and research staff who have teaching responsibilities at the University of Leeds. These workshops are aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework for Supporting Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and will prepare you if you take up a teaching role. They focus on development of the essential skills required for demonstrating, small group teaching, lecturing and assessing student work. Attendance at these workshops is compulsory for all postgraduate researchers involved in teaching.

Postdoctoral researchers
At Leeds we have a vibrant community of postdoctoral researchers. We support and celebrate these researchers by giving them the opportunity to build a vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars, and providing them with training and networking opportunities through our Staff and Departmental Development Unit (SDDU). So should you stay at Leeds beyond your research degree, you will have access to support that aligns with your continued development as a researcher.

Leeds Postgraduate Research Conference


Every year the University holds a conference to showcase and celebrate postgraduate research and engage the academic community across all disciplines. The conference has a number of competitions including the Postgraduate Researcher of the Year, awards for research posters, a three minute thesis competition and tweet your thesis. You can look at our previous winning entries at www.pgrconference.leeds.ac.uk or follow us on twitter @UoLPGconference

Worldwide Universities Network


The University of Leeds is a founding member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), a network of 19 research-led universities spanning six continents. Its mission is to be one of the leading international Higher Education networks, collaborating to accelerate the creation of knowledge and to develop leaders who will be prepared to address the signicant challenges, and opportunities, of our rapidly changing world. WUN creates new, multilateral opportunities for international collaboration in research and graduate education.

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Supporting your future
We can help you market yourself to employers by showing your skills and personal qualities in their best light. We hope that when you graduate from Leeds you value your degree not only for what it may help you achieve in the future, but also as a truly valuable life experience.

Where are they now?


We like to keep in touch with our postgraduate researchers after they have graduated to nd out how they are getting on. 98.8% of last years graduates who gave us feedback were either working or in further education six months after they graduated and 93.9% were in graduate-level employment. Of the postgraduate research cohort at Leeds funded by Research Councils UK for 2011: over half were employed in the education sector over two thirds were in research roles across all sectors nearly three quarters working in the higher education sector were research staff 12% were in lecturing posts in higher education nearly a quarter were in industry or commerce.

Many international postgraduate researchers return to their sponsoring institutions to take up academic posts. These students often maintain professional links with Leeds throughout their careers, and the good working relationships developed at Leeds form a base for future collaborations. Postgraduate researchers who are not committed to returning home on degree completion frequently gain postdoctoral positions in Leeds and other UK universities.

Careers Centre
Thinking about your future should begin as soon as you start your study. We offer a wide range of services designed to assist you in preparing for your career. The Universitys Careers Centre has experienced consultants who will help you make decisions about your future and prepare you for entering the job market. They offer help with understanding the skills employers require, making good applications, writing effective CVs and developing your interview skills. The Careers Centre also runs recruitment fairs and employer presentations and workshops. As part of our commitment to creating employable graduates, we will encourage and support you to follow three steps; decide on your future career; plan the ways in which you can secure your future and compete for employment at the highest level. For further information go to http://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk

My training as a biomedical scientist is vital to my credibility in taking a lead role in scientic research and business. My PhD in cellular biology and biophysics together with several years experience of raising aptamers against complex cellular targets and model disease systems is intrinsic to my role today as CEO of Aptamer Solutions Ltd. I turned down an opportunity to do my PhD at Oxford because I felt the University of Leeds offered the broadest scope in molecular sciences, and the experience has given me the skill set to overcome some daunting obstacles. The speed and efciency of the support structure was also truly impressive. Dr Arron Tolley, Chief Executive Ofcer, Aptamer Solutions Ltd PhD in cellular biology and biophysics (awarded in 2008)

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Piezoelectric materials are all around us, in parking sensors, mobile phones, fuel injection valves and ultrasound equipment, but for years their usefulness has been limited by low operating temperature, high lead content and mechanical friability. My PhD in materials science allowed me to work on creating a range of new materials developed to overcome these issues, materials which would function under high temperatures and in extreme environments, like inside a jet engine.

Clients could include the aeronautic, automotive, chemical process, oil and gas, and nuclear industries, so I knew from the beginning that our research had potential real-world application and impact, and that is a really motivating idea. Since completing my PhD, the Universitys Research and Innovation Service have helped us to establish Ionix Advanced Technologies, a spin-out company designed to bring these materials to market.

They helped source initial funding, to put together a management team, the legal stuff like registering at Companies House, even designing websites and logos, all the things you take for granted until it comes to doing it and you realise how much work goes into it! Completing a PhD gave me the opportunity to pursue an academic interest in an industry-orientated and intrinsically valuable project.

As well as my academic supervisors Professor Andrew Bell and Dr Tim Comyn, its allowed me to work with some unique people and facilities, and to develop the wider skill set needed to move the potential applications of the initial research project a step closer to becoming commercial reality. Tim is pictured in the Engineering Study Zone

TIM STEVENSON PhD IN MATERIALS SCIENCE (AWARDED IN 2011)

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Encouraging entrepreneurs
Self-employment is a career choice just like any other. At Leeds, the Spark initiative supports budding entrepreneurs. We have helped many graduates successfully set up businesses and our team of specialists will ensure you get the most up-to-date information, and crucially, dedicated support throughout the entrepreneurial journey from start-up to growth and beyond. Spark offers you: assistance with developing ideas and business plans free and condential help with nance and marketing an annual business plan competition with prizes up to 2,000 proof of concept funding so you can test your idea before starting to trade workshops on the fundamentals of starting a business Entrepreneurs Boot Camp including sessions on business planning, nance, sales and PR business advisors and expert mentors. http://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk/spark If you are a budding entrepreneur, there are several groups and societies you can join at Leeds which will help you on your journey to becoming the next Alan Sugar. Look out for the Student Enterprise Society, Enactus a community of students, academics and business leaders, and Bright Futures a careersfocused national student society.

Our alumni network


Joining us at the University of Leeds really is just the start of a lifelong relationship. When you graduate from Leeds you will automatically be part of a community of more than 190,000 Leeds alumni in more than 160 countries. Wherever you end up, we will help you to keep in touch with Leeds and with the friends you make here. You will have access to a range of benets and services, not least membership of a worldwide professional and social network. On campus, our alumni benet from use of our libraries, access to Leeds University Union and even a special rate at our sports facility; you will always be welcome on campus. Our alumni play an important role in the life of the University; by offering advice to prospective and current students, talking about their own careers, offering internships, funding scholarships and other projects to enhance the student experience at Leeds. Who better to ask about a job than a person already doing it? The Leeds Graduate Careers Network gives you the chance to make contact with alumni who have been there, done that and are working in the job that you want. If you want to explore career options, gain tips on entry into specic careers or receive supportive advice on developing your career, you can with the Leeds Graduate Careers Network.For more information visit www.alumni.leeds.ac.uk Follow us on Twitter: @LeedsAlumni Find us on Facebook: Leeds Alumni Join us on LinkedIn: Search for Leeds alumni

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Almost ve years after completing his theatre acting degree, Nick was still eligible for a Proof of Concept award. He got in touch with the University when he was looking for ofce space for the video production business hed started in his attic. I used the 1,000 award to produce a logo, brand the business and print business cards. I got great business start-up advice and began trading as Limehouse.

While I was studying the University really helped me. Once my business was up and running I won the Business Plan Competition and the whole experience made me understand what I needed to do to make my business a success. Now Limehouse Films has its own premises in a converted mill complex in Halifax and we employ 12 staff. Our client list includes First Direct and Taylors of Harrogate (makers of Yorkshire Tea).

The business is rmly established but I still occasionally call on the University business start-up experts for advice. I recently participated in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme which is delivered by Leeds University Business School and supports business leaders in organisations with high growth potential.

Im appreciative of the ongoing support the University provides, and its great to be able to give something back to students I now employ student interns from the University. The resources at the University were invaluable in helping me launch, grow and make a success of my business. Nick is pictured in Limehouse Films Ltd ofces

NICK HOWARD ALUMNUS LIMEHOUSE FILMS LTD

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: RESEARCH IN THE REAL WORLD


Global solutions that make a difference in the real world are being developed across the University, with new inventions arising from research delivering commercial business ventures.
Our support for innovation attracts world-class academics who know that at Leeds the infrastructure is in place to take their inventions, ideas and new technologies to the global marketplace. Our postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers play a vital role in the development of these new technologies. The Research and Innovation Service provides the professional expertise to support this process. Since 2006, the University has led more than 137 priority patent applications, incubated more than 70 student companies and helped create 39 innovative spin-out companies, as well as forming over 100 knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs). www.leeds.ac.uk/business

Commercialisation
We have a dedicated commercialisation team that identies, protects and manages the University of Leeds Intellectual Property (IP) alongside our academic expertise. This involves: helping our research community to create spin-out companies to maximise the social and commercial impact of our expertise and Intellectual Property providing business with access to innovative ideas and technology, via licensing of new ideas and technology emanating from our research base pro-actively engaging with businesses and other external organisations to create new partnerships. We are focused on supporting the activities of more than 3,000 researchers, effectively connecting one of the largest pools of expertise and innovation in the UK to the outside world. A number of successful University of Leeds spin-out companies began life as research projects. Today they offer an extraordinary range of services, including virtually waterless laundry technology, dental repair without the need for drilling, a revolutionary way of dyeing so that the colours never run and clothes never fade, and developing sustainable construction materials which could transform the way we build. www.leeds.ac.uk/commercialisation

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships


KTPs are a government-backed business support scheme, offering business and other organisations a collaborative opportunity to access specialist knowledge and expertise. KTPs focus on improving competitiveness and protability and on fostering an innovation culture. They provide an opportunity for postgraduates to develop as a new employee with senior management potential, open up new training and development opportunities for staff and offer partners the chance to develop a strategic relationship with the University. By embedding new knowledge and capabilities within the organisation, we are able to tackle strategically important opportunities and challenges. This typically involves a recent graduate or postgraduate working within the business to help solve the challenges. The breadth of high-level research available from the academic community in our nine faculties makes us an ideal partner and we work with world-leading companies. Our dedicated KTP team provides support for projects from inception, through funding and management to project end. www.leeds.ac.uk/ktp

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I did my Masters in virology and microbiology, so when I found the Wellcome Trust-funded structural biology programme at Leeds, it really appealed to me as it gave me a chance to learn new techniques and apply them to viral diseases. Viruses cause many diseases in humans and animals, ranging from AIDS to foot-and-mouth disease.

As part of a research team in the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology at the University of Leeds, I am trying to understand how these viruses package their genetic material into the tiny space within their protein shells a crucial stage of virus replication in infected cells.

Using state-of-the-art facilities, we have discovered a new mechanism of how the genetic material that forms the core of a single-strand RNA virus is selectively enclosed into its outer protein shell. This mechanism is similar in bacterial and plant viruses, and we are trying to see if human and animal viruses behave similarly.

This knowledge may ultimately enable us to design an entirely new class of anti-viral drugs that target this stage in the virus life cycle. Alex is pictured in the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology

ALEX BORODAVKA PhD IN STRUCTURAL MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

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Collaborations
Our academic community and their cutting-edge research are in high demand throughout the world, and we regularly share our expertise with businesses and other organisations to help them grow. A homecoming for Marks & Spencer The new M&S Company Archive at the University of Leeds is the agship project at the heart of a distinctive collaboration, and one which represents a new model of engagement between industry and education. The new home for the archive, on the Universitys western campus, combines a dynamic business asset with a unique research tool of considerable academic value. The decision to relocate the archive to Leeds, where M&S began, embodies the distinctive appetite for collaborative working now developing between business and higher education. The concept of an operational division of M&S working alongside academics and researchers on the campus has opened the door to partnership activity across mutual priority areas such as; research, student engagement and community outreach work. The partnership has already seen the joint funding of two PhDs and M&S sponsorship of the M&S Graduate Prize in Food, which combines the academic rigour of a research-intensive university like Leeds, with the commercial acumen of a FTSE 100 company such as M&S to deliver huge benets to students. Partnership with Opera North dares to be different The Dare collaboration between the University and Opera North fuses the artistic with the academic, combining the very best of both organisations to inspire and stimulate new ways of thinking and working. The partnership has triggered new research, informed productions and created opportunities for students, staff and audiences. Collaborative research agreement with Chinas largest trading company In 2012 the University of Leeds signed a 3m collaborative research deal with Sinochem Group, a leading Chinese state-backed company whose core businesses cover energy, agriculture, chemicals, real estate, and nancial services. The money will be used to fund six new research projects in colour science, semiconductor research, polymer development, and plant science covering transgenic technology, new materials, and anti-counterfeit technologies. The research will be carried out in the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences and the Faculty of Biological Sciences.

N8 Research Partnership
Water where we need it Whilst parts of the world suffer drought, elsewhere oods present a serious hazard. The N8 water group brings together an unprecedented network of expertise to address long-term challenges and opportunities facing the water environment. Established in 2004, N8 is a partnership between eight major research universities in the north of England Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Shefeld and York. N8 has other research centres which focus on ageing and health, energy, molecular engineering and regenerative medicine. www.n8research.org.uk

Rewarding enterprise
Two decades of world-leading medical engineering research at Leeds were rewarded with the Queens Anniversary Prize in 2012, the countrys highest accolade for an academic institution. The Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE), led by Professors John Fisher and Eileen Ingham, is the UKs leading bioengineering research institution. It has pioneered research into joint replacements, spinal interventions and tissue engineering, and has created new products and therapies which are in use by surgeons in clinics and hospitals around the world. The Institute is a key partner in a 10m Doctoral Training Centre, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The centre will support the training of 50 PhD scholars by 2015, attracting the best postgraduates from around the world and developing the next generation of researchers in medical and biological engineering who will ensure that this vital work remains on an upward trajectory. The Queens Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education, awarded every two years, are part of the UK honours system, and promote world-class excellence in UK universities and colleges. This is the second such award to the University of Leeds, whose Institute for Transport Studies was a winner in 2010. www.imbe.leeds.ac.uk

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Our Doctoral Training Centres deliver excellent supervision, intensive research training and provide a supportive environment for postgraduate researchers.
Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) are a mechanism for increasing capacity in interdisciplinary research activities. This is done by creating clusters of research excellence, and providing high-quality training and facilities to develop the researchers and business leaders of the future. DTCs offer funded PhD opportunities alongside intensive researcher and professional skills training for UK and EU candidates (international candidates are welcome to apply but are advised to contact the relevant DTC for further information on their funding eligibility). The DTC brings together a cohort of postgraduate researchers and their supervisors to develop effective clinical therapies for the treatment of human diseases and disabilities. The DTC provides you with an interdisciplinary and innovative training environment alongside excellent facilities, including state-of-the-art tissue engineering laboratories. www.dtcterm.leeds.ac.uk Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular-Scale Engineering The CDT in Molecular-Scale Engineering brings together internationally-leading researchers at the Universities of Leeds and Shefeld to train high-calibre science and engineering graduates in the control of molecular organisation and function at the nanometre scale. The universities of Shefeld and Leeds have over a decade of experience in jointly delivering Masters and Doctoral level training. Of particular importance are our nanofolio programmes in nanotechnology, the longest established and most successful in the UK, and we draw upon these resources within the Centre, including extensive training in the basic elements of nanotechnology, nanofabrication and bionanotechnology. We have designed a customised taught programme over two years interleaved with increasing PhD research, which combines lecture-based delivery with a challenging programme of laboratory-based training to immerse you in cross-disciplinary thinking. www.molecular-scale-engineering.org

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)


EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) bring together diverse areas of expertise and internationally-leading researchers in order to train engineering and science postgraduates and provide them with the knowledge and skills through which to address todays global issues. CDT students are funded for four years and their training includes technical and transferable skills, alongside their research. The CDTs provide a supportive environment for postgraduate researchers, creating new working cultures, helping to build relationships between teams in universities and forge lasting links with industry. EPSRC currently funds more than 70 Centres for Doctoral Training, three of which are based at the University of Leeds. Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies The DTC in Low Carbon Technologies is part of the Research Councils UK Energy Programme and aims to create a greater critical mass of expertise in low carbon technologies in the UK and provide the opportunity for increased research collaboration with scientists around the world. Housed in our new Energy Building, you will be offered an interdisciplinary training programme across the whole energy system, key professional development skills training and a UK industrial or overseas research institute placement, in addition to supervision from world-class academics. www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/dtclowcarbon Doctoral Training Centre in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine The DTC in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine opperates in partnership with the universities of Shefeld and York as part of the White Rose University Consortium. The four-year doctoral training programme begins with a year in Leeds where you receive clinical training and study specialist modules. After this year you can choose to stay in Leeds or move to Shefeld or York. In Leeds, you will work with world-leading experts from the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, in Shefeld within the Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and in York within the Department of Biology.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)


The ESRC is the UKs largest funding agency for research and postgraduate training relating to social and economic issues. Funding a network of 21 Doctoral Training Centres throughout the UK, the ESRC offers over 600 postgraduate studentships a year. Leeds Social Sciences Institute The Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) is a large interdisciplinary research institute whose mission is to develop research excellence and collaborations, bringing together researchers across the social sciences. For research staff, postgraduate researchers and academics, it constitutes a vibrant point of connection where social scientists converge around methodological and cross-disciplinary discussions and debates, as well as training and development. This is supported by a series of events and activities to stimulate interdisciplinary research with impact. Central to the mission of LSSI is the goal of building new research capacity through the training and development of postgraduate researchers. To support your career development and forge links with external organisations, LSSIs established Placement Fellowship Scheme encourages you to engage with the needs of external organisations and to build the knowledge gained from your placement into your future research plans. www.lssi.leeds.ac.uk

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White Rose Doctoral Training Centre The Leeds Social Sciences Institute is host to the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC). Funded by the ESRC, the WRDTC combines the expertise of the Universities of Leeds, Shefeld and York and is one of the UKs biggest and most successful training centres for postgraduate researchers in the social sciences. There are annually a minimum of 48 fullyfunded ESRC scholarships available within the WRDTC and these are offered within specic discipline areas linked to themed networks; as part of a collaboration with partners outside the Universities and in Advanced Quantitative Methods. Formal and informal training courses, seminars, summer schools and workshops sit alongside the support of academic supervisors, departments and faculties, and the provision of opportunities beyond the University, to create a research environment in which you can thrive. The annual WRDTC Induction Event and the Spring Conference is attended by postgraduate social science researchers from all three universities and offers you an opportunity to network within training pathways and forge interdisciplinary links with colleagues in other disciplines. The doctoral research methods training offered is complemented by other subject specic activity throughout the year, including researcher-led conferences, poster conferences, invited guest seminar series as well as the annual research activities taking place in your home department. A programme of in-house advanced training is in development which will complement the wide range of advanced skills training accessible across the UK via the National Centre for Research Methods. www.whiterose.ac.uk

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)


Since 2008 the University has led an AHRC Block Grant Partnership (BGP). This has provided 75 prestigious doctoral scholarships for excellent candidates to undertake research across the Arts and Humanities at Leeds and draws on the expertise of supervisors from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications. The BGP sits at the heart of a large number of doctoral bursaries that has allowed Leeds to develop one of the largest communities of Arts and Humanities postgraduate researchers in the country. As a postgraduate researcher you will be fully integrated into the research life of your chosen subject area, whilst also taking full advantage of all of the benets the BGP has brought to Leeds. As well as allowing you to work closely with world-class scholars on your chosen topic, the BGP provides an excellent programme of research training, as well as bespoke careers support to help prepare you for the next step in your professional development.

Other sources of funding


University Centres for Doctoral Training Institute of Process Research and Development Centre for Doctoral Training (The Institute of Process Research and Development, iPRD) www.chem.leeds.ac.uk/iprdcdt Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Particulate Materials (Institute for Materials Research, IMR and the Institute for Particle Science and Engineering, IPSE) www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/materials University Centres of Excellence Centre of Excellence in Medical and Biological Engineering (Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, iMBE) www.imbe.leeds.ac.uk/studentships Centre of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering) www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/nuclear-engineering Other doctoral training programmes The Astbury Centre Wellcome Trust funded PhD four-year programme The Molecular Basis of Biological Mechanisms www.astbury.leeds.ac.uk Other research councils Medical Research Council (MRC) www.mrc.ac.uk Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) www.nerc.ac.uk/funding For information on how to apply see page 33.

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)


BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. The University of Leeds, in collaboration with the universities of Shefeld and York, has been successful in obtaining Doctoral Training Partner (DTP) status with BBSRC. DTP programmes deliver scientists with the training to meet major social and economic challenges in food security, sustainable bioenergy and renewable materials, and improving lifelong health and wellbeing, as well as supporting those undertaking research in core underpinning bioscience. The White Rose University Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology The White Rose University Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology supports world-class molecular bioscience, as well as strategic research in the areas of food security, bioenergy and industrial biotechnology. The White Rose University Consortium is one of 14 DTPs at 44 research organisations across the UK. The White Rose programme is partnered by DEFRA (the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), and the Research Complex at Harwell. An innovative and integral element of the DTP programme, built in to enhance your employability, is the requirement for you to undertake a three-month professional internship to widen your experience of the areas of work in which you can apply your PhD skills and training. Destinations for internships include policymaking, media, teaching and industry. www.whiterose-mechanisticbiology-dtp.ac.uk

Visit our scholarships website for further information on our Doctoral Training Centre scholarships. www.scholarships.leeds.ac.uk

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CREATING NEW GATEWAYS TO RESEARCH


As one of the largest research-intensive universities in the UK, Leeds engages in worldclass research across an exceptionally diverse range of disciplines. This breadth of knowledge and expertise underpins our commitment to ensuring our research has direct economic and societal benet.
For example, the University has implemented a dynamic sector hub approach to working with the wider world, creating interdisciplinary centres of excellence which form a gateway to the Universitys expertise across 14 identied areas of strength. Supported by over 6m of investment, the sector hubs provide a more focused and strategic approach to the way we work with industry and other external partners. They also enable us to address increasingly complex problems requiring multidisciplinary approaches that combine our major research strengths. As a postgraduate researcher you will benet from our close collaboration with industry through the sector hubs by working with academic supervisors actively engaged in world-class relevant research who can link you to industry-leading experts in your eld. The hubs are broad enough to encourage and stimulate genuine cross-sector development, working together to present a co-ordinated presence to partners and users, with shared intelligence and best practice.

Digital Technologies
Covering Electronics, Photonics and Electrical Systems (EPES) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the Digital Technologies hub brings together institutes and research groups across several disciplines, all of whom are involved in developing hardware and software.

Energy
Over the next ten years, global energy investments in the order of 4.3tn are needed to diversify existing resources, replace equipment and to cater for challenging and changing energy requirements. Energy Leeds brings together multidisciplinary research and innovation expertise at the frontiers of energy and environmental research to work with regional, national, and international stakeholders in industry, academia and the government.

Food Security
The challenge of global food security in the 21st century is intrinsically connected to many other global issues. There is a challenge to deliver nutritious, safe and affordable food using less land, fewer inputs, reduced waste and lower environmental impact. The hub has a track record of working closely with partners across Europe and sub-Saharan Africa to understand the challenges of food supply in the developed and developing world. The hub is committed to developing an entrepreneurial spirit within young academics and is developing an interdisciplinary Marie Curie site for PhD training in the area of Food Security.

Climate and Geohazard Services


There is considerable opportunity for impact and innovation in this sector and Leeds has critical-mass expertise, reaching from understanding global problems to monitoring their local impacts. The hub produces rst-class research in climate and natural hazards, mathematical modelling of risk and engineering solutions to mitigate risk, as well as social science tools which help end user groups maximise the impact of the research.

Health Services
The Health Services hub aims to facilitate successful translation of research excellence for patient benet using the academic expertise across the University. The hub supports consistent improvement in health outcomes and reduced health inequalities at international, national and local levels, through forging partnerships with those planning, designing and evaluating healthcare.

Cultural & Creative Industries Exchange


Cultural & Creative Industries Exchange is the sector hub for the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (PVAC). The hub provides research services for the development of new products and services for the sector, and opportunities for Knowledge Exchange activities through collaboration and sponsored postgraduate research for archives, museums, galleries, performance arts and corporate partners.

High Value Chemical Manufacture


From small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to large international chemical and supply chain companies involved in the research, development, manufacture and sale of raw materials and formulated chemical and polymer products, the hub is the Universitys gateway to engaging with industry in the high value chemical manufacture eld.

My research is promising to provide policy suggestions for solving the conicts in water source protection in the water transfer project in China. PhD study is a journey in which you gain knowledge about your subject through in-depth research, therefore I chose the University of Leeds for its excellent reputation for internationally renowned research. Cheng Wen, PhD in Ecological Economics and Water Resources Management

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Medical Technologies
Founded around Europes largest integrated multidisciplinary medical engineering centre; the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Medical Technologies develops medical devices and regenerative therapies that repair, regenerate and replace diseased or damaged tissues, to help the body restore function. The hub aims to work with key industrial partners that could benet from accessing innovation right across the medical technology spectrum from implantable devices through to regenerative therapies that can be enhanced with autologous stem cells.

Transport Systems
The Transport Systems hub builds upon the work of the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) in creating new opportunities for a series of successful and long-lasting partnerships with transportrelated industries and organisations in the UK and abroad. The hubs role is to facilitate relationships with industry that maximise the contribution and impact of the Universitys world-class transport systems research and expertise.

Water
water@leeds is a unique interdisciplinary research centre with a wide range of expertise and knowledge in water-related elds. With some 150 water experts, we use our vast array of technical, academic, modelling and monitoring skills to engage in wide-ranging research and innovation projects. These address the complex challenge of maintaining services under conditions of economic stress, population growth, demographic change, urbanisation and climate change, whilst continuing to meet consumer expectations. Find out more about our sector hubs at www.leeds.ac.uk/sectorhubs

Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical


Despite huge investment and changes in practices over the years, the rate of drug discovery has not increased and the cost of bringing effective drugs to market remains very high. The hub brings together expertise in a range of physical and biological sciences to pioneer innovative approaches to drug discovery and to help the sector discover safe new medicines faster.

Professional Services
The hub works to improve collaboration, to enhance knowledge and deliver innovative approaches to ensure that our world-class research has a greater impact for business and society. The hubs expertise covers the established professional services (accountancy, nance and law), the new emerging professions (consulting, the management of shared services) and the transitional professions (those managing radical change in the public sector and working in new forms of mutual and social enterprise). Research collaborations involve working nationally and internationally with a wide range of organisations including businesses, social enterprises, public sector agencies, professional bodies and regulators.

Social Care
Radical change in social care delivery, including personalisation, privatisation, and new assistive and medical technologies, is already sweeping the sector. The hub draws together a critical mass of interdisciplinary, world-leading and policy-relevant research on social care, establishing Leeds as a unique and distinctive centre of excellence in the eld, capturing and communicating the latest thinking and making it accessible to external partners.

Stratied Medicine
Through understanding of the research, industrial and regulatory landscapes, the hub supports the development of novel drugs and diagnostics to bring stratied medicine to the patient. By identifying individuals most likely to respond to a certain medication, or those likely to suffer adverse drug reactions, patients can benet from effective medicine at the earliest stage possible right patient, right treatment, right time.

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AN INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
We deliver international excellence in research, and offer an experience that attracts the worlds best postgraduate researchers.
Internationalisation is one of the key themes of our strategy and is reected across all our education and research activities. Outstanding research is undertaken on internationally important themes by culturally diverse teams working in partnership with colleagues across the globe. All postgraduate researchers are encouraged to internationalise their own research experience by ensuring their work reects the latest world knowledge, and by engaging with international collaborators, international conferences and global networks. Some examples of international collaborations funded by the University include: Sun, Sea, Sand and Silicone: Interrogating Consumer Choice and Global Aesthetic Surgery Tourism Transformative Justice After Mass Violence: The Role of NonGovernmental Actors Approaching Climate Change for Water Resource Adaptation Healthy Kitchens: Healthy Cities Structural Reinforcement of Inequality Medicine and the Everyday: New Directions in Medical Humanities Membrane Proteins: Targets for Improving Human Health and Food Security Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

International research
Much of our research focuses on solving the worlds biggest challenges. We have large multidisciplinary teams working on global issues such as climate change, health, water resources, food security, energy, sustainability, social change and democracy. Multiple projects are running in all these themes and each one has the potential to make a signicant impact on the world we live in. As a postgraduate researcher you will have many opportunities to internationalise your experience. Your project may be inherently international in its theme and scope but you will also work with internationally diverse students and staff, have the opportunity to submit to international conferences and to take part in international seminars and visits. The Research Mobility Programme helps to facilitate this by enabling postgraduates to visit our institutional partners elsewhere in the world. This might be to access rare facilities and expertise not found on campus or to establish novel research relationships and networks. The same programme is also used to bring international collaborators from the Worldwide Universities Network to Leeds and we also offer support for working in a virtual environment once a relationship is established. See page 9 for more information about the Research Mobility Programme and WUN.

International postgraduate researchers


You will join a global community drawn from 130 countries. Over 5,000 international students currently study at the University and we are a major destination for international research study. Many of our international postgraduate researchers are funded by employers, governments and universities. A signicant number are already academic staff who have been awarded scholarships to enhance their career progression and to help their home university develop its research capabilities. The research relationships built at Leeds often last throughout your careers. Other international postgraduate researchers, not part of scholarship schemes which require them to return home, often secure post-doctorate positions in Europe and across the world as well as here in the UK.

Services for international sponsors


International sponsors provide the funding of many Leeds researchers. In response to their specialist needs we have developed a number of services for sponsors to help them monitor and manage the scholars they place with us. A dedicated team provides a fast and efcient response to all sponsor information requests and provides logistics co-ordination for campus visits. They also collate progress reports and liaise on invoicing, accommodation, graduations and resolve any issues. To nd out more about services to sponsors contact the International Team s.hunter@adm.leeds.ac.uk The team currently work with sponsors across the globe including embassies and overseas government ministries. We also actively participate in placement schemes which target high quality postgraduate researchers for international study. Examples of major current schemes include the Chinese Scholarships Council scheme, the Iraqi PhD Scholarship Scheme and the Brazilian Science without Borders Scheme. We are pleased to support international governments and agencies in their work to develop skills within global higher education.

International collaborations
Working across national boundaries is essential to successful internationally relevant research. Collaborations with international partners are active at all levels of research from postgraduate researchers who visit international partners to enhance their experience, to academics who undertake joint investigations and publish their work together to huge multi-partner multidisciplinary internationally-funded projects. Internationalising research in this way ensures that we maximise the impact of research and innovation at Leeds and creates long lasting global relationships with partner institutions and government and non-governmental agencies across the world. The University funds international research collaborations to provide academics and their postgraduate researchers with the opportunity to explore novel research ideas.

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Since being young I have always been interested in UK culture. It was always my dream to come and study in the UK. I rst heard about the University of Leeds from my supervisor on my Bachelors degree (in Mexico) who had completed her PhD here. She had very positive things to say about the University and life in Leeds in general.

When I applied to Leeds I had not applied to an overseas institution before. I received good support from the postgraduate ofce, who helped a lot with the application process. It felt like a big challenge to apply and study at PhD level outside my country. However, I have now seen that it is not as hard as you might initially think.

I studied English whilst completing my Masters degree in Mexico and when I arrived here in Leeds I decided to take an additional introductory level English language course at the Language Centre. This was really helpful as although I understood the language before I attended this course, I didnt always have enough condence to start speaking it.

I also visited the International Student Ofce upon arrival and they provided me with an introduction to the University and a tour around the campus. When I complete my PhD I would like to return to my home country, Mexico, as my PhD is on my home town so I really want to use my new knowledge to make a difference. Yanet is pictured in the Language Centre

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Services for international researchers


We have a long history of supporting international postgraduate researchers and we are very familiar with your needs. Our International Student Ofce is a hub for specialist advice and guidance and provides a comprehensive range of services and activities for international students to enhance their experience of Leeds and the UK. www.internationalstudentsupport.leeds.ac.uk Welcome and orientation meetings are offered all year round for new international students providing essential information on how to settle in and make the most of your time in Leeds. Specialist advice is available on opening bank accounts, working regulations, accessing free National Health Service facilities, adjusting to a new culture and services for families. The team provide specialist immigration advice and participate in the national Batch Scheme Service for extending student visas. Many international postgraduate researchers bring their families to Leeds where they join a vibrant community of international families with children of all ages. The International Student Ofce will help you to check how visa rules and regulations will affect your family and the team will also provide information on the access you will have to healthcare and education for your dependants. When you bring children to Leeds they will attend UK school if they are between the ages of 4 to 16. Several free schools in Leeds have experience of providing the supportive multicultural environment that helps international children to thrive and international students are very positive about the education their children receive in Leeds.

We provide a number of family apartments and houses and in addition our partner organisation, Unipol Student Homes, www.unipol.leeds.ac.uk manages many family properties across the city. The website has lots of information for families and an e-mail alert which will notify you when suitable houses become available for viewing. Flexible programme start dates mean you can link accommodation availability to the start of your study.

The University of Leeds Global Community


As a large international university we offer a variety of stimulating and enjoyable opportunities to mix with people from a wide range of countries and cultures. Postgraduate researchers and their families are welcome to participate in a number of our Global Community activities as well as events hosted by the Chaplaincy which runs the International Students Club on Wednesday evenings. Families can also join the University sports programme and make use of the world-class facilities for tness and sport including the pool. Global Community connects all students to intercultural opportunities and friends and includes the following regular events and activities: Global Saturdays: an opportunity to explore some of the UKs great cities, countryside and attractions. Global Caf: Get together with students from every corner of the globe at the Global Caf every Monday. The World Unite Festival: Hosted by the Students Union each February this week of events explores different cultures, bringing together students from all over the world. Become an Intercultural Ambassador: our ambassadors create exciting new intercultural projects to enhance the international experience of our global community of students.

I chose the University of Leeds for its research in food science and the high quality facilities available within the School of Food Science and Nutrition. Upon my arrival, my expectations were more than fullled and my research has also been enriched with various extra-curricular activities around campus. The University of Leeds is not only the place where you continue your studies; it is the place where you start your career. Reyna Gutierrez Rivera, PhD in food biochemistry

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The Language Centre


Our Language Centre offers academic and general English language programmes to equip you with the skills needed for university study and to provide a useful orientation to academic life and British culture. All English language programmes are accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English and certain pre-sessional programmes are accredited by the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes (BALEAP). Even if you already full the Universitys English language requirement, you will still nd the preparation given by the Language Centres programmes to be very useful. Services and facilities include a dedicated Self-Access Area for independent language learning with access to materials in over 40 different languages, an extensive collection of foreign language feature lms and documentaries, satellite television over the internet and computer-assisted language tuition. We also have a large number of dedicated and well-equipped teaching rooms in a very central location on the University campus. We are part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, in the Faculty of Arts, and benet from strong links with these and many of the other faculties in the University. Our dedicated language learning adviser is always on hand to help.

The following courses are available for postgraduate researchers (programmes and entry points are available throughout the year): General English programme: English for everyday communication Academic English for Postgraduate Studies pre-sessional: A Masters or PhD degree in Engineering, Sciences, Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Academic English for Business and Management pre-sessional: A Masters or PhD degree in Business and Management InterComm pre-sessional: A Masters or PhD degree in Communications Studies, Journalism, Politics, Development Studies, Translation and Interpreting These courses are subject to change, so please visit the Language Centre for up-to-date information, fees and course details. www.leeds.ac.uk/languages

International applicants
We understand that applying for UK postgraduate study is different from applying to other countries and that you may require additional help with your application. We have a network of ofces and agents around the world who can assist you with your application and help to explain the documents you require and the process you will go through. For more information on how to apply see page 33. Staff from Leeds visit key regions regularly and you can arrange to meet for consultations on your application and the research opportunities available to you. For information on how to contact our ofces and agents or to nd out when a member of staff will be in your country please visit www.leeds.ac.uk/visitstoyourcountry

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WORLD-CLASS FACILITIES
Life on campus
We take pride in providing students with a fullling education, as well as an active social life. In over a century of teaching and research, the University has invested heavily to provide students with rst-class facilities. The University of Leeds campus is an exciting mixture of old and new. State-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities co-exist with the impressive landmark buildings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Recent additions have been Leeds newest theatre, a student support services building and The Edge a swimming pool and tness centre.

Sports facilities
Whatever your level of tness, our University provides excellent opportunities to keep healthy and get active. So whether you want to participate for fun, at club level or elite level, there are lots of ways to get involved. The Edge is our agship indoor facility providing excellent tness, sport and wellbeing opportunities, all located on campus. Facilities include: 200 station state-of-the-art gym (the largest in UK Higher Education) complete with Technogym equipment and Sky TV 25m 8-lane swimming pool sauna and steam room squash courts studios caf climbing wall extensive sports halls changing rooms with underoor heating. In addition, the University has a further performance sports centre on campus, a dedicated studio and excellent outdoor facilities at Weetwood playing elds. There are over 125 classes per week to get involved in from yoga and pilates to spinning, aqua aerobics and Zumba an extensive intramural programme in a wide range of sports, and the students union has over 60 different sports and activity clubs to choose from. For more information visit www.leeds.ac.uk/sport

Accommodation
Whether you are looking for family accommodation, a shared house, at, or apartment there is a wide range of private accommodation on offer, in Leeds. To help you navigate your way, we have highlighted some of the key agencies who will be able to help you on our website. www.accommodation.leeds.ac.uk University-owned accommodation If you are looking for a single person place, we can help you by offering: an impressive range of accommodation, from modern purposebuilt apartments to Victorian houses a choice of contract lengths exible payment methods utility bills included in the rent Edge Club membership included in the rent a 24 hour security service insurance cover for your personal possessions (terms and conditions apply) wardens (usually members of University staff) responsible for looking after your welfare, and on hand to ask advice from or help sort out any problems quality accommodation which meets the latest Code of Standards for Larger Developments proximity to the University and the city centre. All our residencies have internet access included at no extra charge. Most also have the option of using IPTV (internet television). University accommodation is allocated between June and September. Once you have been allocated we will email your contract, which you need to accept by the deadline. Contract length: some are from September to September (51 weeks). Others do not cover July and August (42 weeks for self-catered or 39 weeks for catered).

Students union
Leeds University Union (LUU) is a not-for-prot organisation; any prot made from commercial operations is reinvested into providing services for student members. LUU operates a range of shops and bars, as well as nightclubs and special events. A students union exists to represent students to the University, the media, outside organisations and to provide key services. LUU is a vibrant social hub at the heart of campus, offering a range of exclusive facilities and services to its members. It is led by six full-time Student Executive Ofcers who are elected annually by students. Postgraduate researchers automatically become a member of LUU upon registering with the University. LUU represents student views to the University and works with them to make positive changes for all of its members. Through an effective democratic and representational system, all students have the chance to make their voice heard, through school, halls or community representatives. LUU holds Better Forums every term, where students have an opportunity to suggest ideas of how to improve the union, the University or the city. Ideas passed at these Better Forums become policy and are mandated to be acted upon by the six Student Executive Ofcers.

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The students union offers a wide range of facilities to help students get exactly what they want from their time at the University. Help and guidance is free to all students through the Student Advice Centre, and there are opportunities to meet new people through the 250 clubs and societies, ranging from faith and culture to sports clubs and volunteering groups to name a few. Other activity includes award-winning student media outlets and a student employment service. Find out more about these opportunities and the range of services offered to students by going to www.leedsuniversityunion.org.uk

The students union also supports the Leeds University Union Postgraduate Society (LUUP) which welcomes all postgraduates, new and returning, from across the University. The society organises social events and networking opportunities for postgraduates, to help welcome, support and represent students during their studies. Its a fantastic way to meet fellow postgraduate students and membership is open to all students at the University, from mature students to those with families. More information can be found by emailing luup@gmail.com As a charity, LUU works to make sure you love your time at Leeds by delivering the things that matter to you. Find out more about one of the UKs best students unions at www.leedsuniversityunion.org.uk Follow LUU on Twitter: @LeedsUniUnion Find LUU on Facebook: Leeds University Union

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SUPPORT
At the University of Leeds we pride ourselves in providing a supportive and welcoming environment for all students. We have a vast network of experienced staff and a wealth of services, and in partnership with the students union weve brought them all together in one place, so its easy to nd who to contact by using the help@leeds website. http://help.leeds.ac.uk

Chaplaincy
The University Chaplaincy offers spiritual and pastoral support to all students (of all faiths and none) throughout their time at Leeds. Whether youre struggling or seeking inspiration, we provide drop-in pastoral and spiritual care, space for meditation and reection and opportunities for worship and spiritual development. We are based at the Emmanuel Centre which houses a chapel for quiet contemplation and a common room. There is also a chapel at the Catholic Chaplaincy (5, St Marks Avenue). On campus there is a Jewish Chaplaincy and an Islamic prayer room. www.leeds.ac.uk/chaplaincy T: +44 (0) 113 343 5071

Student Counselling Centre


The Centre helps students to manage stresses, difculties and emotional problems that might prevent them from achieving their full academic or personal potential. The Centre offers free, professional, condential consultations, individual counselling, workshops and web-based self-help. For more information visit www.leeds.ac.uk/studentcounselling

Equality Service Student Advice Centre


The Student Advice Centre based in the students union is a free and condential service specialising in housing, money and academic problems. The Student Advice Centre can assist you with applications to relevant discretionary sources of funding, budget planning and negotiating with creditors and managing debts. The Student Advice Centre can also advise on aspects of equality and diversity (eg age, gender, race, religion or belief, sexuality, pregnancy and maternity or gender reassignment). www.leedsuniversityunion.org.uk/helpandadvice We are committed to equality and diversity. We treat all students fairly. We work hard to meet the needs of our diverse student population and provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all. The Equality and Diversity Team works to promote equality and good practice throughout the University. We recognise that, in order to enable all students to have equal access to our facilities and educational opportunities, some students may require specialist support or adjustments (for example, to learning materials), so we aim to take a exible approach, wherever possible, when responding to the individual needs of our students. Information on the Universitys approach to equality and diversity and associated guidelines, policies and procedures is available on the Equality Service website. www.equality.leeds.ac.uk

Healthcare
If you have permission to be in the UK as a student for more than six months, you will be entitled to free medical treatment through the National Health Service (NHS). You must register as a patient with a doctor and you will be entitled to free treatment in NHS hospitals (as long as the UK is your main home at that time).

Disability support
If you have a disability of any kind and need specialist support we will do all that we can to meet your individual needs. To discuss the support or funding that you might need, please contact our Disability Team. www.equality.leeds.ac.uk/disability E: disability@leeds.ac.uk T: +44 (0) 113 343 3927 Minicom: +44 (0) 113 343 2616 Our Mental Health Team is comprised of specialist mentors (for those in receipt of Disabled Students Allowance), Psychotherapy trainees and a Mental Health Advisor who will provide a range of services to students who are experiencing an existing or emerging mental health difculty. This is a free and condential service offered by the University to support you in your personal and academic life while here at the University and beyond, empowering you to achieve your potential by addressing some of your difculties or concerns. To discuss the support available please contact the Mental Health Team. E: smha@leeds.ac.uk T: +44 (0) 113 343 7458

The Student Medical Practice


Leeds Student Medical Practice is an NHS practice specialising in all aspects of student health. As well as the usual GP services, students registered at the practice can access a wide range of specialist services including sports medicine, travel advice and immunisation, all contraceptive requirements, asthma and diabetes management. www.leeds.ac.uk/lsmp

Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre


Our Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre has 144 nursery places for children from three months to ve years and 56 play scheme places for school-age children. Governed by Ofsted, Bright Beginnings offers children learning experiences through play and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. The Centre is located in an award-winning purpose-built building and has outstanding facilities including play mezzanines, a sensory room with bre optic lighting, a parents room, covered balcony areas and award-winning natural gardens. www.brightbeginningschildcare.co.uk

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Postgraduate research study is a major investment in your future, and there is support available to help ease the nancial pressure. Scholarships
Scholarships and bursaries are available for postgraduate research study from a variety of sources, including the University, individual faculties and schools, UK Research Councils and external governments and organisations. We also have a range of scholarships available for the study of specic projects and through our Doctoral Training Centres (see pages 18-19). The University of Leeds maintains an extensive portfolio of over 250 postgraduate scholarships for International and UK/ EU students with a total value in excess of 15m (supporting both Masters and research). University-funded scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit to candidates meeting the relevant entry criteria. Scholarships generally take the form of partial or full fees and/or maintenance payments. We also offer a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary for former students of the University of Leeds. See our website for terms and conditions and eligibility criteria. www.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduate Scholarships are very competitive and it is important that candidates make enquiries and apply to all possible sources of funding at an early stage in their application for study. The postgraduate scholarships website gives you access to a searchable database of all University postgraduate research funding opportunities at Leeds. You can search the database according to your nationality, subject and level of study (ie postgraduate research). Individual award values and terms can also be found at www.scholarships.leeds.ac.uk From time to time, individual schools at the University may also advertise scholarships and applicants are thereby advised to make direct enquiries to individual faculties and schools as appropriate.

Other nancial support


Research Council funding Every year the University of Leeds receives over 7m from the Research Councils to fund new postgraduate scholarships (both Masters and research). Candidates should check the relevant Research Council website for further information. www.rcuk.ac.uk Trusts, charities and foundations There are many trusts, charities and foundations that award partial funding for postgraduate study (they rarely award total funding). However, with huge numbers of applications for these sums of money, you will need a strong case to make a successful application. Useful external sources www.ndaphd.com www.jobs.ac.uk www.postgraduatestudentships.co.uk www.prospects.ac.uk www.britishcouncil.org www.researchresearch.com www.postgraduatesearch.com

Fees
Information on fees will be provided alongside your offer letter. Fees for international students vary according to the programme being undertaken. For the latest information on fees visit www.leeds.ac.uk/pgrfees Self-supporting students can pay fees in full, or in two instalments (50% payable upon registration and 50% payable by direct debit from a UK bank account approximately ve months after your start date). In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The cost of living in Leeds is relatively low by UK standards and while costs vary depending on individual lifestyles, we recommend a living cost budget of 650-800 per month.

International scholarships
Scholarships funded by the University, faculties, schools and outside agencies are available to new international students each year. If you are coming to study here from overseas you should also contact your own government agencies, as there may be educational support schemes available which provide funding to study in the UK.

Contact us
Postgraduate Scholarships Student Services Centre Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT UK T: +44 (0) 113 343 4007 E: pg_scholarships@leeds.ac.uk W: www.scholarships.leeds.ac.uk

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My PhD is looking at the effects of breakfast on cognition in school-age children. Ive always been interested in the relationship between nutrition and behaviour. I rst heard about the research conducted in the Human Appetite Research Unit (HARU) during my MSc degree. On their website I saw there was an ESRC Collaborative PhD Scholarship available with the School Partnership Trust Academies (SPTA) as the external partner.

The scholarship was to examine the effects of breakfast on cognitive performance and behaviour in secondary school children. In addition to Professor Louise Dye and Dr Clare Lawton in HARU, and Hilary Asoko from the School of Education I have external supervisors at the SPTA, who have facilitated the research I have conducted in their school.

The multidisciplinary team are invaluable because of the crossdisciplinary nature of my research. I have examined the effects of breakfast on cognition and behaviour using acute experimental studies, as well as surveys of habitual breakfast intake and actual academic performance. The collaborative nature of my project has meant that I have had an impact on the pupils by holding assemblies, focus groups and by disseminating my

research at parents evenings. I have organised open days where groups of sixth form students visited the Institute of Psychological Sciences to experience participation in applied research. I spend a lot of time in schools which makes my PhD varied and interesting. I have also worked with a wide range of individuals during my PhD which will also benet my future career. Katie is pictured in the Waterside Caf

KATIE ADOLPHUS PhD IN NUTRITION AND BEHAVIOUR

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Degrees available
Postgraduate researchers build upon existing knowledge and through individual exploration and experiment, make an independent, original contribution to the understanding of a subject. We offer a range of research degrees which provide training in research, enhanced employment opportunities and the chance to develop advanced skills and expertise. Different study modes are available including full-time, part-time* and split-site study. *Students must meet certain criteria to be able to undertake part-time study. This route is not available for overseas candidates on a student visa. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) A PhD is the most internationally recognised research qualication and is awarded on the successful completion of a programme of supervised research. It is assessed by an oral examination (viva voce) and nal thesis (of up to 100,000 words). A PhD normally takes three years full-time or ve years part-time. Doctor of Medicine (MD) The Doctor of Medicine is for fully-qualied medical doctors. It is similar to a PhD, but often contains a component of clinical research. This degree normally takes two years full-time or three years part-time. Integrated degrees The integrated degree of PhD and Master provides a double award of both the Master and PhD degrees and combines specialist advanced modules, training and skills courses, and research study. Masters degrees The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) provides research skills training similar to a PhD, but its duration is two years full-time and four years part-time. A Masters degree by research (MSc, MSc (Eng), MA, MEd) gives you the opportunity to experience research within one year full-time or two years part-time. Professional Doctorates Professional Doctorates are specically designed to meet the needs of practising professionals. The normal duration is three years full-time and ve years part-time.

Entry requirements
You should normally hold a rst-class or second-class honours degree, or equivalent qualication, in a subject relevant to your proposed eld of research. Candidates whose rst language is not English must also provide evidence of meeting the Universitys minimum English language requirements: IELTS with a score of 6.0 (with not less than 5.5 in any component) TOEFL (iBT) with 87 overall (with not less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing). Other qualications may be acceptable, please contact the individual school or department for further information. Please note that some schools and departments may have requirements above the stipulated minimum. Find out more www.leeds.ac.uk/pgr

How to apply
Step 1: Explore the research interests of our nine faculties to nd out what projects or research areas are available. www.leeds.ac.uk/faculty Step 2: Submit an application for postgraduate research study online. www.leeds.ac.uk/pgr/apply Step 3: Submit supporting documentary evidence (academic transcripts, reference letters, English language certication) alongside your application. Please note that the offer of a place of study does not imply that you will receive funding. Please contact the relevant school or faculty admissions ofce for information on available start dates. Research proposal As part of your application you may be required to provide a brief description of the research area in which you are interested, or you may submit a specic research proposal. Some subject areas require a more detailed research proposal. The proposal you submit gives us a good indication of your research interests and an opportunity to see a sample of your written work, however projects can be further negotiated during the admissions process. If you are applying for a pre-dened project scholarship or a Doctoral Training Centre programme, you do not need to provide a research proposal at the application stage, but you should state clearly the project title on the application form. School and department requirements may vary, therefore please contact the relevant school or faculty admissions ofce for clarication. The research proposal can be submitted via the application form (maximum of 1,000 words) or emailed as an attachment to the department to which you are applying.

Split-site study
International candidates of exceptionally high quality can apply to study for a split-site PhD, spending some periods of full-time study in Leeds and the remaining time in an overseas research institute, or commercial or industrial organisation with a signicant research component. There are, however, a number of conditions which must be met to be eligible for this study mode. Please contact Research Student Administration for further information. www.leeds.ac.uk/rsa

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RESEARCH AREAS
Faculty of Arts
www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/postgraduate English - Literature - Language - Theatre Studies History - Modern - Medieval Modern Languages - Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies - East Asian and South East Asian Studies - French and French Studies - Italian and Italian Studies - German - Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies - Russian and Slavonic Studies - Linguistics and Phonetics - Translation and Interpreting Philosophy Classics Theology and Religious Studies World Cinema International Business - Globalisation: Area Interests, including Europe, China and India - International Mergers and Acquisitions and Foreign Direct Investment - Cross-Cultural Management - Corporate Social Responsibility Management - Decision Research - Enterprise and Entrepreneurship - Operations and Logistics - Organisational Behaviour and Socio-Technical Systems Design - Strategy, Innovation and Organisational Theory Marketing - Strategic Marketing - Consumer Behaviour and Branding Work and Employment Relations - Equality and Diversity - Industrial Relations - Employment Relations, Innovations and Change

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law


www.essl.leeds.ac.uk/graduate-school Education Law - Business Law - European Law - International Governance - Criminal Justice Studies Politics and International Studies - Politics - Global Development - International Relations Sociology and Social Policy

Faculty of Biological Sciences


www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/gradschool Ageing Bioinformatics Cancer Cardiovascular Biology Cell and Development Biology Disease Biology Ecosystems Environmental Change Genetics Immunology Membrane Biology Molecular Contractility Neuroscience Structural Biology Sustainable Agriculture Systems and Mathematical Biology Virology

Faculty of Engineering
www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/faculty/postgraduate Computing - Biosystems - Computer Vision - Medical Imaging - Natural Language Processing - Knowledge Representation and Reasoning - Algorithms and Complexity - Distributed Systems and Services - Collaborative Systems - Scientic Computation - Visualization and Virtual Reality Civil Engineering - Resilient Infrastructure - Architectural Engineering - Resource Recovery from Waste - Aerobiology and Infection Control - Engineering Management - Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering Computational Fluid Dynamics - Virtual Energy and Power System Simulation - Renewable and Conventional Power System and CCS - Rock Deformation and Sequestration - Chemical Kinetics and Molecular Modelling

Leeds University Business School


www.business.leeds.ac.uk/phd Accounting and Finance - Banking, Financial Services, Pensions and Insurance - Business History - Financial Accounting and Auditing - Finance and Corporate Governance - Financial Mathematics Economics - Macroeconomic and Monetary Theory and Policy - Development, Financial Structure and Inequality - Labour Markets and the Organisation of Work - Firm Strategy, Ownership, and Innovation - Political Economy, Applied Public Economics and Public Policy

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Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering - Renewable Energy - Future Fuel - Combustion - Pollution Control - Chemical and Process Engineering - Nuclear Engineering - Particulate Science and Engineering - Petroleum Engineering - Functional Ceramics - Photonic Materials - Metallurgy - Carbon Materials Electronic and Electrical Engineering - Millimetre and Microwave Engineering - Terahertz Electronics and Photonics - Semiconductor Nanotechnology and Molecular Beam Epitaxy - Bio-nanoelectronics and Quantum Electronics - Wireless Communication Networks and Systems - Ultrasound Instrumentation and Positioning - Signal Processing for Communications - Power, Control and Drives Mechanical Engineering - Thermouids, Surfaces and Interfaces - Combustion - Medical and Biological Engineering - Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine - Engineering Systems and Design

Physics and Astronomy - Astrophysics - Condensed Matter Physics - Molecular and Nanoscale Physics - Soft Matter Physics - Quantum Information

Faculty of Medicine and Health


www.leeds.ac.uk/medhealth/grad Medical Education Medical Imaging Molecular Medicine Epidemiology Biostatistics Psychology Neuroscience Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Medicine Cardiovascular Medicine Reproduction and Early Development Oncology Haematology Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Biomineralisation Microbiology and Cell Biology Clinical and Applied Dentistry Dental Public Health and Health Services Dental Education Applied Health Research (Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health Professions, Pharmacy and Healthcare Sciences) Psychiatry Behavioural Sciences Public Health Primary Care Health Services Health Sciences Geriatric Medicine International Health Systems International Health Services Health Economics Health Informatics Applied Health Ophthalmology Gastroenterology Cancer Biology

Faculty of Environment
www.environment.leeds.ac.uk/study/graduate-school Geography - Spatial Analysis and Policy - Ecology and Global Change - Cities and Social Justice - Citizenship and Belonging - River Basin and Processes and Management Earth and Environment - Earth Surface Science - Geophysics and Tectonics - Climate and Atmospheric Science - Sustainability Research Transport Studies - Economics and Discrete Choice - Spatial Modelling and Dynamics - Safety and Technology - Sustainable Transport Policy

Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications


www.leeds.ac.uk/pvac/graduateschool Music - Composition - History - Technology - Theory and Practice Design (Creative and Technical) - Textiles - Graphic - Fashion - Multi-Media Communication Studies - Journalism Studies - Political Communication - International Communication Art - Fine Art - History of Art Cultural Industries - Cultural Production and Media Policy - Visual and Digital Cultures Performance

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences


www.maps.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduate-research Chemistry - Process Chemistry - Colour and Imaging Science - Medicinal Chemistry - Chemical Biology - Atmospheric Chemistry Food Science and Nutrition - Food Chemistry and Biochemistry - Nutrition and Public Health - Food Colloids Mathematics - Algebra, Geometry and Integrable Systems - Astrophysical and Geophysical Fluids - Mathematical Biology and Medicine - Probability, Stochastic Modelling and Financial Mathematics - Statistics

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WHY YOULL LOVE OUR CITY


Leeds the city and region
Leeds is a vibrant city renowned as a centre for arts, sports, leisure, entertainment and nightlife. It has everything you would expect from a major city and is surrounded by beautiful, accessible countryside. With over 200,000 students living within the city boundaries, there is a real student focus making it a thriving place to live and learn.

Nightlife
Nightlife in and around the city is known for its diversity with clubs and bars offering music to suit all tastes. There are also plenty of live music venues in the city, including the new 13,500 capacity Leeds Arena, the 02 Academy and the Universitys Refectory, which has played host to hundreds of top bands and artists in the last 40 years, including most recently James Blake, Wild Beasts and Chase and Status.

Arts and culture


As a student here, youll have the opportunity to take advantage of the lively and continually evolving cultural scene that the city has to offer. From the internationally acclaimed Opera North with whom the University has a groundbreaking collaboration and the West Yorkshire Playhouse, to a growing number of visual arts collectives and a thriving music scene, there is something for everyone.

Sport
Whatever your sport of choice, Leeds is home to some great sporting teams from Leeds United Football Club at Elland Road, to Leeds Rhinos and Carnegie Rugby teams, plus you could also see live Test Match cricket at Headingley stadium. But if youd rather get active, one of the countrys biggest real snow slopes is within easy reach, and the city has plenty of gyms and health clubs, including our own pool and tness complex, The Edge.

Events
Youll soon discover that there is always something to do in Leeds, with the city playing host to numerous events throughout the year, such as the Leeds International Film Festival in November, the Leeds Loves Food festival in May, and Christkindelmarkt, one of the UKs most established German Christmas markets, during the festive period.

Green space
The city is one of the greenest cities in Britain, with more parkland than any other European city. There are many areas of natural beauty and historic interest such as Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam, Harewood House and Kirkstall Abbey all of which are great for walking or relaxing. www.leeds.ac.uk/leedsandyorkshire

Retail therapy
As one of the UKs top shopping destinations, Leeds boasts over two miles of trafc-free shopping set within the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian arcades and modern purpose-built centres. Youll nd a mix of high street favourites, exclusive boutiques and vintage stores.

The Yorkshire region


Leeds sits in the heart of Yorkshire and is within easy reach of historic towns and cities such as York, Harrogate, Ripon and Bradford, as well as spectacular countryside including the Lake District, the Peak District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. All are perfect for walking or hiking and provide the ideal environment for University groups and societies taking part in everything from kayaking to potholing. We also have two hostels in the Yorkshire and Cumbria countryside available for you to use.

Food and drink


The city offers an extensive choice of places to eat and drink, whatever your taste or budget from Jamies Italian and Wagamama to many smaller, independent eateries. Many restaurants and cafs have special deals for students or earlybird menus ideal for a student budget. If you want to stay in and cook, Kirkgate Market, where Michael Marks opened his penny bazaar (later becoming Marks & Spencer) is one of the largest undercover markets in Europe and has recently been commended in Jamie Olivers Food Guide for the Sunday Times.

Getting around
Located at the centre of the UK and enjoying excellent transport links, Leeds is well connected to the rest of the UK by affordable, frequent and extensive coach and rail services. London can be reached in around two hours and Edinburgh is less than three hours away by train. Leeds Bradford International Airport provides regular ights to major international destinations.

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CAMPUS MAP
The University of Leeds is a single campus in the heart of Leeds. Highlighted on the map are the key buildings that our students use regularly. www.leeds.ac.uk/campuslife

Key locations
Student Administration Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building Accommodation Charles Morris Hall *Further postgraduate accommodation is available off-campus Eating and drinking Refectory Union (LUU) shops and bars Libraries Brotherton Edward Boyle Health Sciences, Worsley building Main lecture theatres Conference auditorium Roger Stevens Rupert Beckett (in Michael Sadler building) Sport The Edge gym and pool The Gryphon sports hall and squash courts Cromer Terrace tness centre Map number 77 85

29 32 59 83 95 100 89 78 101 17 27 5 minute walk to the city

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The campus and the city
As you can see from the map below, our campus is just a short walk from the city centre and all the attractions and amenities it has to offer, including theatres, bars, restaurants, bus and rail stations and more. www.leeds.ac.uk/citylife

How to get here


For full details on how to get here by train, bus, car and air please visit www.leeds.ac.uk and click on how to nd us. City York Manchester Newcastle Birmingham London Edinburgh Distance 24 miles 42 miles 96 miles 118 miles 195 miles 206 miles Minimum travel time by train 22mins 54mins 1hr 27mins 1hr 55mins 2hrs 6mins (Kings Cross) 3hrs

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As this is a printed document, which will date, we advise you to look at our website, www.leeds.ac.uk for the most current information, the qualications you will need to apply and fees and funding opportunities. You can also give us a call on +44 (0) 113 343 6534. Or, for the very best way to nd out more, come and visit us on one of our open days. Its a great way to explore our campus and youll also be able to chat to current postgraduate students and nd out what life is really like in our city and at our University. www.leeds.ac.uk/jointheleaders

@UniversityLeeds www.facebook.com/universityoeeds www.youtube.com/universityoeeds

Research Student Administration Student Services Centre Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Building University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT UK T: +44 (0) 113 343 6534 E: rp_applications@leeds.ac.uk W: www.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduate