How to apply

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Our Entry Requirements

You will need to have a strong academic record and should usually have a masters degree in a relevant subject area such as languages, literature, humanities or social sciences. We also accept international equivalent qualifications. 

If your first language is not English then you'll need to meet our English Language requirements which are currently: 

  • IELTS score of 6.5, with at least a 6.0 in all components;
  • TOEFL score of 92 with a 21 in listening and reading, 22 in writing and 23 in speaking. 

Please note that our English Language Requirements are above the University minimum. If you pass the University minimum but do not achieve the School of History's or the Institute for Medieval Studies' requirements, please get in touch with us so that our admissions tutors can consider your situation on an anindividual basis. Find out more about English Language requirements and pre-sessional courses on our admissions pages.

The application process

We would strongly encourage you to contact Director of the Institute of Medieval Studies, Professor Emilia Jamroziak for an informal discussion about your application and your proposed area of research before you apply. This is a key part of the application process as we can ensure a PhD in Medieval Studies at Leeds is the right option for you and we can guide you through the application process.

We particularly encourage interdisciplinary proposals which bring together multiple humanities subject areas or multiple humanities methodologies. The IMS has adopted a broad definition of interdisciplinarity, using one or both of the following descriptions:

Once you have spoken to us, you can apply online, at the point of application you will need to provide the following documentation:

  • two academic references (if you are intending to apply for scholarships, please be aware, and make your referees aware, that these references may also be used for your scholarships application)
  • a copy of your undergraduate degree transcript, listing all courses and marks achieved with a final classification and, if necessary, an explanation of the marking scheme
  • a copy of your masters certificate or transcript (or if you haven't yet finished your MA, please send details of your courses and marks so far)
  • a detailed research proposal on your intended topic (maximum of 1,000 words).

You'll also need to provide us with the names of potential supervisors you would be interested in working with.

Please note that you may be invited to take part in an interview, either via Skype or in the School, as part of the application process.

Deadline - We expect the majority of our PhD students to start on the 1st October each year, therefore we would expect to have received your application by no later than mid-August to ensure all documentation is processed in time. 

We will let you know as soon as we can whether you have been successful in gaining a place on the PhD course and this is usually within a period of about 4 weeks. Once you have accepted an offer of a place to study here, we will invite you to be part of our buddy scheme. This involves us matching you up with a current student studying with us and they are an invaluable contact for answering questions you may have and can help you to prepare for studying in Leeds.