University of Leeds

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The Research programme at University of Leeds is distinct from our taught Masters programmes and involves planning, implementing and writing up a research project.

Visit the official programme website for more information


The Research  programme at University of Leeds  has projects you can apply for but you are also welcome to propose your own research project. 

By undertaking an original piece of research you will develop a mixture of high-level subject-specific and generic skills, including:

  • Project management: the ability to organise, plan and carry through to completion a complicated project
  • Technical expertise: project dependent but may also include good laboratory and fieldwork practice and advanced health and safety skills
  • High-level oral communication skills: especially on projects involving external partners and sponsors with whom you will liaise
  • Strong written communication skills: in writing up your research project, you will become proficient at explaining complex ideas
  • Data analysis skills: data handling, collation, and, where appropriate, statistical and graphical analysis
  • Self-motivation: although you will be closely supervised, you will have to be strongly self-motivated to succeed

Programme Structure

Current available projects:

  • Measuring loneliness and its corresponding effects among ageing populations
  • A new flood onset warning system for the Barotse Floodplain, Zambia
  • Ecological value of stately homes
  • Tropical forest response to heat
  • Hydraulic vulnerability of Southern Amazonian forests
  • Testate amoebae as environmental indicators in natural and artificial peat pools


  • Recent graduates who wish to follow up their first degree with more in-depth study of a particular field of interest, linked to further study such as a PhD or to a job in a particular sector (e.g. water company)
  • Mid-career candidates who are currently employed, for instance in education, local government, or environmental consultancy, who want a continuing professional development 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details

You can start at an MbR any time of year (on the first day of any month).




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need at least a UK 2:1 honours degree or equivalent.
  • English proficiency


Partial fee bursaries are available for Masters by Research projects in the Centre for Spatial Analysis and Policy and Ecology and Global Change research cluster.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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