Entry Criteria & Applying

*The application window for the 2021/22 academic term is now closed.*

How to Apply:

To apply please take a look at our available projects and complete an online application form (University of Leeds webpage).
Please note that all applications will come through the University of Leeds in the first instance, however the location of the PhD will be as stated in the project description.

We have funds available to help with accessibility and widening participation, please get in touch for details.

Please take note of the following when completing the application form:

  • For ‘Application type’ select ‘Research Degrees – Research Postgraduate’
  • For ‘Planned Course of Study’ select ‘Integrated PhD Data Analytics and Society’
  • Enter the reference number and title of the project or projects you wish to apply for in the section for research proposal. (you can apply for multiple projects using the same application form, please do not submit multiple applications)
  • Include a Word or PDF document detailing your statement of motivation. Identify your preferred project and explain why it interests you and how your current qualifications and skills map onto the requirements for your chosen project
  • Include a CV and transcripts of your first degree as well as certificate for any English language qualifications.
  • In addition, two references should accompany your application.Please contact your referees and ask them to complete our recommendation form and to return these directly to Hayley Irving (CDT Centre Coordinator) by email. It is your responsibility to organise your references and ensure they are sent to us promptly.

Selection will be determined by:

  • Formal application, CV, references and transcripts of first degree.
  • Statement of motivation
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a formal interview. These will be held on a virtual platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams.

General guidance for using the online application form can be found on this page, or please contact us with any queries.

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject area

English language requirements (for international/EU candidates)

You have must have one or more of the following:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – 7 overall, 7 writing, 6 other sections
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet based test – 100 overall, 25 writing, 22 other sections
  • A degree in any subject completed in the English language


A standard studentship covers the cost of tuition fees, provides a doctoral stipend of £15,609 (2021-22 rate, to increase slightly each year with inflation),  and a Research Training Support Grant, for four years. Applications are open to both Home and International fee rated applicants.

Study mode

Options to study part-time are available, if you wish to study part-time please include this in your application. If selected for interview, the project supervisor will discuss options with you.