Postgraduate open day

Join us on Friday 7 February to discover how you can deepen your knowledge, enhance your career prospects, or take a new direction in life.

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Leeds Doctoral Scholarships

Access PhD funding with a Leeds Doctoral Scholarship

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Access PhD funding with Leeds Doctoral Scholarships
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Join our research community

As a postgraduate researcher, you can contribute to building knowledge that can make a difference.

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Talk to an international student

Link to Leeds gives international students the opportunity to talk directly to some of our current international students

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Sociology and Social Policy research degrees

Research degrees

Studying for an MA by Research or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) within the School of Sociology and Social Policy, you will become a key member of our academic research community — experiencing a supportive, stimulating and challenging research environment which will enable you to pursue your interests and achieve your potential. 

Research that makes a difference

Our academic team come from a range of professional, academic and cultural backgrounds, bringing a wealth of knowledge and insight that enriches our research community. Social justice and user engagement are key themes that cut across our research.


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Researching with us

Find out how we support you to be the best researcher you can be.

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Discover our current postgraduate research

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Emily Maddox
Student | PHD candidate
“I believe in the importance of academic work to comment on and change existing social structures. I hope that social research enables change to be implemented. I choose to research here because of it’s reputation for academic excellence”