Centre for Global Development









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PhD Research degrees

Proposals for research degrees can be made in any area where our faculty have expertise. Joint supervision is available with supervisors with development studies expertise from across the University.

For information about a research degree, please contact each School, Faculty, or Institute directly.

Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies

The department offers MA by research, MPhil and PhD. Supervision is available in a variety of areas.

East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies has a long tradition and a broad range of expertise in supervising PhDs, both within East Asian Studies and on an interdisciplinary basis.

Leeds University Business School (LUBS)

At LUBS, you will be part of an energetic research environment with opportunities for dynamic interaction with students and faculty members from across the globe.

Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development

The University of Leeds and the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences have an excellent reputation for the quality of its research degree training. For thirty years, the Nuffield Centre has been a major international resource for education, research and technical assistance in health and development.

School of Earth and Environment, Sustainability Research Institute

Research degree students within the Sustainability Research Institute are integral to the activities and success of this rapidly expanding centre of excellence that currently has a dedicated team of over thirty interdisciplinary researchers working on the different dimensions of sustainability.

School of Education

As a research student in the School of Education, you will be involved in an academic culture which provides expert supervision and research training in a wide range of subjects. We welcome research proposals from anyone wishing to pursue a particular area of interest within the broader field of education.

School of English

The School of English offers supervision for research degrees in all areas of English literature and culture, including English Language and Theatre Studies. Additionally, the School of English works closely with other Schools in the Faculty of Arts to offer interdisciplinary research supervision in History, Modern Languages and Humanities, and extending beyond the Faculty to collaborate with, for example, Music and Politics.

School of Geography

The School of Geography was ranked among the top six Geography departments in the UK for the quality of its research in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, with 70 percent of research activity considered to be world leading or internationally excellent. With over forty academic staff, twenty-five researchers and some sixty research postgraduate students, the School offers a vibrant and diverse research community with a strong international profile.

School of History

Research degrees in the School of History offer you the ability to pursue independent historical inquiry and to produce new historical knowledge. You will be researching new avenues of historical inquiry, and coming up with your own analysis and conclusions based on your personal study of primary and secondary source materials.

School of Law

The School of Law offers a successful and thriving collection of research degrees programmes. We have over sixty registered postgraduate research students and an excellent record of completed research degrees. We are well placed to continue to deliver excellence to research students, bringing together high quality teaching with world-leading research.

School of Media and Communication

The School of Media and Communication hosts about forty PhD students.  We are pleased to consider research proposals addressing aspects of communication for development, representations of development and the South, or mediated communication within developing countries.


School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

POLIS promotes excellence in research in the core disciplines of politics and international studies, and is particularly committed to promoting interdisciplinary research. In terms of defined interests, POLIS can provide supervisory support across a wide range of specialist fields and cross-cutting topics.

School of Sociology and Social Policy

The School of Sociology and Social Policy at Leeds offers an array of opportunities for graduate research work. Throughout its existence, the School has been a major centre of research and graduate training. PhDs from Leeds can now be found at senior academic levels throughout Britain and the world.

Theology and Religious Studies

The Department offers both taught courses and research degrees at postgraduate level. It has particularly strong postgraduate traditions in the study of Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism in Britain, in African religious traditions, in modern theology, and in religion and social theory.

Student Profiles

  • Nicholas Loubere

    I was immediately drawn to Leeds because of the outstanding reputation of the Department of East Asian Studies and the enthusiasm of my supervisor. The fact that Leeds is home to the National Institute of Chinese Studies (NICS), the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC), and the Centre for Global Development (CGD) also contributed to my decision to apply to the University.

  • Francis Attah

    Any study around the subject of public health will definitely revolve around honing your skills around the basic principles of epidemiology, disease mapping/surveillance, statistical tools, public health research and interventions. But at NCIHD, it’s a lot more than that, it’s an integration of classroom experience and practical experience of those who have been on the frontline of public health research and interventions, preparing you for a real world experience.

  • Alexa Bingham

    As compared to my undergraduate course, I have found my fellow students more passionate and focused. The fact that everyone is full of energy and ideas has meant a year of exciting debate. These interactions and friendships have been a great motivation for following aspirations to work in international development abroad.

  • Oliver Godsmark

    There is a really inclusive feel to studying at Leeds at the postgraduate level. My best memories include developing friendships with like-minded people and getting to know my peers both intellectually and socially. Excellent research seminars on South Asia, and Imperial and Colonial Studies, also stand out as another highlight.

  • Grace Verankira Munisi

    Having worked with Gender department in the Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children in Tanzania, I wanted a programme that could integrate gender issues and development and found POLIS to be the best place in fulfilling my objective and ambition.

  • Gloria Namande

    The lecturers in my school were very supportive throughout my course. They were so approachable and at any time they would be willing to help out. This helped me easily understand the fundamental principles of my course and to successfully complete it. The cultural diversity in my class was also such a memorable experience. I was able to learn from my fellow students who came from different cultural backgrounds, and how cultural diversity influences sustainable development

  • Emily Preston

    I have many great memories from my time at Leeds and I am sure more to come. What was nice about studying a difficult language like Chinese at undergraduate level was that class sizes were quite small and contact hours long. This meant that students got to know each other and develop friendships quickly.

  • Andrea Wilkinson

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Leeds studying for an MA in International Development. The teaching staff were extremely interesting and had a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of International Development, but, more than that, they were incredibly supportive and encouraging.

Creating Opportunities


The Centre focuses on bringing together global development postgraduate students from across the university so students can form supportive networks that last both during the period of study and into working life beyond.

We encourage students to take part in a number of events, such as workshops and seminars, so they can build interdisciplinary connections that relate to their specific interests.

In the past, our events have included a Scarborough residential where staff and students at the Centre for Global Development have spent two days in a Bed and Breakfast guest house in the sea-side town of Scarborough.

During these two days, staff members held workshops that introduced topics and methods for development in an interactive manner. The trip was not only informative, but also a fun opportunity to get to know fellow students as well as staff members.

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