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As a postgraduate researcher within the School of Media and Communication, you'll have a range of opportunities and services to support your studies and enhance your career prospects.

School opportunities 

Teaching opportunities may be available and provide a chance to share your expertise with our undergraduates. We usually advertise our vacancies at the start of each academic year. Successful applicants will be provided with training and supported by a mentor.

You’ll also be able to attend our research seminars where you’ll be able to meet like-minded scholars and build up your professional network.

The Leeds Arts Humanities Research Institute

Located at the heart of the University of Leeds campus, the Leeds Arts Humanities Research Institute (LAHRI) supports research in the arts and humanities across the Faculty.

LAHRI hosts a range of events and programmes reflecting vibrant cross-disciplinary research, and also offers seminar rooms and office space for the use of postdoctoral visiting staff and scholars.

Leeds Doctoral College

The Leeds Doctoral College brings together many support services and opportunities to enhance your research throughout your time at Leeds.


Our four libraries on the main campus provide a variety of working environments to suit you, and they’re open seven days a week during term time. 

The Library’s Researcher@Library service offers support and development opportunities to postgraduate researchers. You can use the Library to find out how to make your research more visible, how to search for literature, and issues around copyright for PhDs.

Computers and IT

A single login will give you access to all University IT services. You’ll benefit from:

  • Personalised content, like your library record, on our mobile app
  • Access to more than 1,800 PCs across the campus (some accessible 24 hours)
  • Free, high-speed Wi-Fi in most areas 
  • An email account on the Office 365 service, giving you secure access to email, calendar, contacts and tasks, wherever you are. You can also get a range of free or reduced cost software, including Microsoft Office Pro


  • Secure access to your resources wherever you are with our Desktop Anywhere service
  • Access to Minerva, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Graduate School

Being a postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures means you have access to the Graduate School.

Through the Graduate School, you'll have the support of your Graduate School Manager who will be able to assist you with any specific queries you might have about your candidature; from funding, payment and extensions, to training opportunities and graduation.

Student community

Leeds University Union and the Language Centre offer the perfect opportunity for you to meet new people from across the University and take a break from your research, whether you want to join a club or society or meet up with a language exchange partner to practise a new language.

Through the Global Community you can connect with students from across the world and take part in a range of international activities.

The Union also organises a number of dedicated postgraduate activities.

Nur Kareelawati Binti Abd Karim PhD Media and Communication

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I took full of advantage of the support that the Researcher@Library teams provided to help postgraduate researchers with skills like academic writing, data management, literature searching and citations. The research culture and environment that the University of Leeds offers encouraged me to complete my thesis.
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