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As member of the Russell Group and with an exceptional track record in impact-generating research, the School makes important enduring and tangible contributions to the cultural life of the region as well as nationally and internationally.

Joining the School of Performance and Cultural Industries will allow you to become part of an external-facing, vibrant research community as well as a member of an international, energetic and supporting cohort of post-graduate researchers.

You will be working in an environment that has collaboration and interdisciplinarity at the centre of its ethos, alongside internationally acclaimed researchers and scholar-practitioners, externally funded research programmes and centres, and a rich network of industry partners. 

We are seeking highly motivated individuals, with academic and professional experience and a willingness to contribute to the research interests of the school, to undertake fully funded doctoral research. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

We have a range of funding available to support you in funding your postgraduate study. You can find out more about the full range of funding opportunities currently available through our dedicated scholarships database.

Popular sources of funding for our PhD students include:

For up to date information on the Scholarships, and how to apply, please visit the funding opportunities database.

Alumni Bursary

If you are a former undergraduate student of the University of Leeds, you may be eligible for our 10% alumni tuition fee bursary.

Other external funding sources

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

If you start a postgraduate doctoral course you may be able to apply for a government-backed loan.


Our postgraduate research fees are set independently and reviewed on an annual basis. For the latest information, visit the University’s PhD fees website