Entry Criteria & Applying

How to Apply:

To apply please take a look at our available projects and/or Propose your own project page and complete an online application form (click here to apply). 

Please note – you must apply through the Leeds portal, even if you wish to study at one of our partner institutions.  Do not apply directly to Liverpool, Manchester or Sheffield.

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) Alternatively, if you are proposing your own project please fill in full details of your project here.
  • Include a Word or PDF document detailing your statement of motivation. Explain why your chosen project  interests you and how your current qualifications and skills map onto its requirements
  • Include a CV and transcripts of your first degree as well as certificates for any English language qualifications if you are a non-UK applicant.
  • 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 our Environment admissions team by email within 7 days of application. 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. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please note only 30% of our awarded places will be available to international candidates.

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements (for international/EU candidates)

You 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 from a majority English speaking country may also be acceptable – please check here https://www.leeds.ac.uk/admissions-qualifications for the country where you completed your degree.
    • The above criteria must have been met within 2 years of the course start date – including graduation from a degree in an English speaking country.


A standard studentship covers the cost of tuition fees, provides a doctoral stipend of £18,622, (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.