International PhD Academy: Medical Research

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This 4-year PhD programme is tailored to train and equip you with the necessary knowledge and research skills to embark on your PhD project.

The programme is especially suitable for candidates who have limited research experience and for students wishing to update their skills or change research area.

At the Leeds Institute of Medical Research (LIMR) at St. James's our vision is to impact locally, nationally and globally on biomedical and clinical research with a primary emphasis on health outcomes. We bring together scientists and clinicians to focus collaboratively on biomedical research and its translation to the benefit of patients. We train the next generation of scientists through state-of-the-art research-led teaching.

You will be part of a prestigious, research-intensive Russell Group university. We are ranked in the top ten universities in the UK by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the highest award possible, reflecting the quality of our teaching. Here, you will have an exceptional student experience.

Programme structure

The first year combines taught modules and two mini research projects to provide you with in-depth specialist scientific knowledge and research skills relevant to your PhD. The PhD research project will occupy years 2-4. The design of the 4-year PhD programme allows the creation of a personalised programme for each student with complementary modules chosen to meet your specific development needs relevant not only to your PhD but your future career and employability.

Available projects

A range of projects are available in the following research areas:

  • cancer biology
  • diagnostics and Pathology
  • gastroenterology
  • genetics
  • haematology
  • immunology
  • molecular Medicine
  • oncology
  • translational medicine

View a list of current PhD opportunities within the International PhD Academy: Medical Research at St James’s.

What our programme offers

  • a rich multi-disciplinary environment giving you the opportunity to develop a wealth of new skills and knowledge
  • diverse training and experience from year 1 ensuring a solid foundation for your main 3-year project
  • high impact research projects to ensure our students have a wealth of career opportunities open to them
  • bespoke academic, personal and professional development of students

Applications with government scholarships or other sources are welcome at any time through the Academy has one intake per year in mid-September with 8 places available for 2020. Self-funded applicants must be able to provide overseas rate University Tuition Fees plus laboratory consumable costs for years 2-4. This is in addition to the provision of personal living expenses.

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To be considered for a place in the International Academy, you must meet the eligibility criteria below:

  • Self-funded PhD students only (e.g. personal funding, sponsorship from government or employer)
  • English language requirements: British Council IELTS - score of 7.0 overall, with no element less than 6.5      
  • Students will have or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 (Hons) degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject

How to apply

To apply email the following supporting documentation to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Graduate School.

Please ensure to complete your chosen 2 projects in rank order and identify each project with the title and supervisor name (Please note is it possible to change these preferences later)

  • completed Faculty Scholarship Application Form
  • full Academic CV including referee details
  • degree certificates and transcripts (or marks so far if still studying)
  • evidence of funding
  • evidence of English language ability
  • 2 references from academic referees. Please ask your referees to send these references on your behalf, directly to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Graduate School.                    

Enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Graduate School.

Informal enquires about regarding the bespoke taught first year of the PhD programme can be made by contacting

Links to useful sites

International Office - Provides welcome and orientation support and immigration advice and the opportunity to be part of a Global Community.

Doctoral College - Provides support and enhances opportunities available to you as a PhD student.

Feeling at Home in Leeds - The University offers face to face support and online tools to help students feel at home and make the most of University life. 

Faculty of Medicine and Health Graduate School - As a researcher at Leeds, you will be part of a vibrant and welcoming research community both within the Faculty and the wider University.

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