Research course

Mathematics and Physical Sciences

University of Leeds · Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

PhD candidates must have, or expect to achieve a first or upper second class degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject area. If English is not your first language, you will be required to produce evidence of a language qualification before registration as a postgraduate student. The following qualifications and scores are accepted: IELTS - an overall band of 6.0 with no individual skill band below 5.5 in all components iBT TOEFL - (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 87 overall with Listening 20; Reading 20; Speaking 22; Writing 21. Other English Language qualifications may be accepted.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

The Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences unites experts in Chemistry, Colour Science, Food Science & Nutrition, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy. With more than 130 years of history, it is now one of the UK’s largest scientific research centres, with a world-class reputation for the quality of its work, spanning a diverse and far-reaching range of subjects, from the limitless expanse of space to the minute world of quantum effects.

Our research is focused on both the fundamental development of scientific and mathematical knowledge, and the application of science to meet the needs of industry and the consumer. Whether it be developing novel polymer systems for use in high impact resistant materials, creating anti-cancer drugs or changing government recommendations in the food-health arena, our research work covers a wide range of areas which impact many parts of our lives, from pharmaceuticals and food production to financial management and electronic systems.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) the impact of research carried out across the Faculty was recognised as world leading or internationally excellent.

Department specialisms

Atmospheric chemistry Medicinal chemistry Process chemistry Colour science Food science

Information for international students

The Faculty welcomes students from around the world. There are currently over 180 postgraduate students studying across all subject areas, from 33 different countries. The University of Leeds was ranked 1st out of 16 participating Russell Group universities for overall international student satisfaction in the last International Student Barometer survey.

Fees and funding

We have in excess of 60 PhD studentships available, which are fully funded through research council grants, charities and industry. Some of these studentships are associated with specific research projects, whilst others can be assigned to a range of projects.

There are also funding opportunities through our prestigious Doctoral Training Programmes, to which students may apply, where the research topic is flexible. These include:

  • Sustainable Physics - PhD training programme
  • Platform Technologies for Therapeutics Discovery training programme
  • Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces
  • Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics
  • NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

We also have a number of University scholarships available which can also be applied to a range of research projects.

It is advisable to make enquiries as early as you can and apply to all possible funding sources. Some of the prestigious scholarships on offer include:

  • Fully Funded International Research Scholarships that cover full payment of international tuition fees available to non- EU and UK applicants with an outstanding academic record.
  • University Research Scholarships available to EU and UK applicants with an outstanding academic record.
  • Endowed Scholarships in areas focused on cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular diseases.
  • Access to Learning Fund – funds are available for full-time and part-time UK students in financial hardship.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Faith Bonner