Researching with us

medicine research degree at the University of Leeds

Our research at Leeds School of Medicine is internationally renowned and the University attracts researchers from all over the world. As the School of Medicine is within the wider Faculty of Medicine and Health and the University of Leeds, you'll study as part of the Faculty Graduate School.

86% of our Clinical Medicine research is rated world leading or internationally excellent and 94% of research publications related to Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care were rated as either world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)  We’re a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and have twice been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, the country’s highest accolade for an academic institution. 

Cutting-edge research facilities

Our outstanding laboratories and clinical facilities enable research and skills development, both on campus and at St James’s University Hospital. Our newly redeveloped medical school building is home to the largest teaching centre in the UK, along with dedicated clinical skills training facilities and the latest equipment.

These facilities provide the perfect platform for your research and will enhance your academic experience, whatever your specialism. Some of the UK’s leading medical research centres are based at the University and we’re investing heavily to realise the potential of new technologies.

Internationally recognised staff

Many of our staff are leaders in their fields and are internationally recognised for the quality of their research. Through our different research degree programmes our staff will combine their specialist insight with an understanding of how best to support your work, making sure you get the most from your experience here.

We also encourage you to become part of our welcoming and supportive research community. Whatever your field of interest, as a postgraduate researcher at Leeds you’ll be part of a community of researchers at the forefront of their subject who will challenge, inspire and support you.

Our research degrees

We offer an array of different options, from our Master of Research (MRes) to the professional doctorate, ensuring that you'll be able to find the perfect fit for your research and career aspirations.

You can work on existing projects or conduct your own independent research. Visit our dedicated page to find out more about the various degree options we offer.

Career support

Within the School of Medicine and across the University we offer exceptional career support. With our Careers Centre and our comprehensive Leeds for Life careers initiative, you’ll be perfectly positioned to make the most of your postgraduate qualification irrespective of whether you intend to remain in academia or make the transition into industry.

An important aspect of Leeds for Life is the Leeds Network, an alumni network which spans hundreds of professions and with representation in over 200 countries. This is an invaluable resource for our research postgraduates and provides the opportunity to learn about the successful paths followed by previous graduates in your field.

A welcoming environment

Leeds provides the benefits of a campus but at the heart of a thriving city. A welcoming and comfortable place to study, we’ve been voted 3rd best in the country for student experience. Our dedicated postgraduate accommodation and the various clubs and societies we offer mean that you’ll soon feel at home.

Find out more about what to expect from life in the city of Leeds.