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University of Leeds
The University of Leeds is a red brick university in Yorkshire and a member of the research-intensive Russell Group. It's the eighth largest universities in the UK, and performs highly both on the national and international stage. It's also one of the most targeted by the UK's top graduate employers, and it's teaching is also popular.
The city of Leeds is vibrant, affordable and multicultural, renowned as a centre for arts, sports, leisure, entertainment and nightlife. It has everything you would expect from a major city and is surrounded by beautiful, accessible countryside. With over 60,000 students living within the city boundaries, there’s a real student focus, making it an exciting place to live and learn.
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The University of Leeds was founded in 1904, but its origins go back to the nineteenth century with the founding of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1831, and then the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874. For the sons of local families, it was one of the first colleges for students of all faiths and backgrounds. The College supported the values of the recently established University College, London and Owens College in Manchester. These had been set up to challenge the exclusivity of Oxford and Cambridge universities, which were predominantly for the Anglican aristocracy and gentry. After a few years, classics, modern literature and history were added to the science subjects being offered and the Yorkshire College of Science became simply the Yorkshire College. In 1884, the College combined with the School of Medicine and three years later the two Leeds-based institutions joined forces with Owens College Manchester, and University College Liverpool, to become the federal Victoria University. It wasn't long, however, before each of the cities started to consider the benefits of forming their own universities. After Manchester and Liverpool had taken the decision to establish universities, Leeds also took the leap and in 1904, King Edward VII granted the University its own Charter as an independent institution.
Leeds has a vibrant and international campus, with more than 30,000 students from over 145 countries. There are state-of-the-art facilities to support your studies, including a dedicated Language Centre, one of the finest academic libraries in the UK, and outstanding computing resources.
The University campus is a pleasant 20 minute walk from Leeds city station. Leeds is a vibrant city renowned as a centre for arts, sports, leisure, entertainment and nightlife. It has everything you would expect from a major city and is surrounded by beautiful, accessible countryside. With over 200,000 students living within the city boundaries, there is a real student focus, making it an exciting place to live and learn.
Faculties, Departments, Schools & Institutes
Faculty of Arts
- Graduate School
- School of English
- School of History
- School of Philosophy, Religion & the History of Science
- Department of Classics
- Institute for Colonial & Postcolonial Studies
- Leeds Humanities Research Institute
- Institute for Mediaeval Studies
- School of Modern Languages & Cultures
- Inter-disciplinary Ethics Applied (a Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning)
Faculty of Biological Sciences
- School of Biology
- School of Biomedical Sciences
- School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
- Faculty Director of Undergraduate Student Education
Faculty of Business
- Accounting & Finance
- International Business
- Work & Employment Relations
Faculty of Education, Social Sciences & Law
- School of Education
- School of Law
- School of Politics & International Studies
- School of Sociology & Social Policy
Faculty of Engineering
- School of Civil Engineering
- School of Computing
- School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
- School of Mechanical Engineering
- School of Process, Environmental & Materials Engineering
Faculty of Environment
- School of Earth & Environment
- School of Geography
- Institute for Transport Studies
Faculty of Mathematics & Physical Sciences
- School of Chemistry
- School of Food Science & Nutrition
- School of Mathematics
- School of Physics & Astronomy
Faculty of Medicine & Health
- The Leeds Dental Institute
- School of Healthcare
- School of Medicine
- Institute of Psychological Sciences
Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts & Communications
- Insitute of Communications Studies
- School of Design
- School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies
- School of Music
- School of Performance & Cultural Industries
As a member of the Russell Group, Leeds attracts staff who are leading experts in their field. This means that from day one you will be taught by distinguished academics working at the forefront of their specialism. The quality of their teaching and research means you will be close to discoveries and breakthroughs that are having a real impact on the world.
In the 2014 REF Leeds ranked in 10th place for research power with 80% of research rated as either world leading or internationally excellent.
Some of Leeds' research includes studies at the University have shown that silver is as effective as the leading chemotherapy drug in fighting cancer cells. Furthermore, elite swimmers have academics from the Leeds School of Earth and Environment to thank for their latest ‘low-drag’ swimwear. Working alongside scientists from Speedo’s own Aqualab, the team used lasers and flume tanks to test samples of fabric and produce the next generation of swimwear.
There are also lots of opportunities for students to contribute to research happening on campus. Each year large numbers of Leeds students work alongside academic staff on research projects that have a global impact. Research placements may be available right from the start of your degree, and research projects in your final year provide the chance for you to design and direct your own piece of research.
Leeds University actively encourages exchange programmes to enable students to spend time at universities around the world with almost all programmes offering the chance to spend a period abroad and over 300 institutions to choose from. In most cases, students extend their degree to a four-year programme and spend their third year abroad.
Leeds has links with over 230 institutions across Europe, including universities in Madrid, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Milan. Not all programmes require fluency in another language and in some partner institutions the teaching is in English. However, Leeds can provide advice on language learning opportunities before you go if necessary.
Outside of Europe Leeds students can choose from over 70 universities across the globe, including many of the top-ranked institutions in the world. Popular destinations include the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Latin America.
Scholarships & Bursaries
If you've a family income of £42,600 or less you will receive up to £2,500 each year via Leeds Financial Support.
On top of this, the University offer means-tested scholarships, where £3,000 is awarded for each year of study for those whose family income is £42,600 or less. There are a limited number of awards available and they are highly competitive.
The University also offer Sports Scholarships to support elite athletes combine academic and sporting excellence, with the package including finance, gym membership, strength and conditioning support, physiotherapy support, access to sports massages and personal development support.
Leeds’ approach to learning and teaching is geared towards developing your knowledge and skills, and training you to be independent and to think critically. This means that you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials with additional time allocated to private study, project work, laboratory practicals and fieldwork. From day one, students will experience how knowledge is created and learn in an environment that encourages academic enquiry and discovery.
Most of the University’s 46 IT clusters across campus are open long hours and most are available 24/7, ensuring you can study when it suits you. There are about 1,700 centrally provided networked PCs available on campus – including in all of the cafés. All areas have free, high-speed Wi-Fi and there is fast internet access and free TV channels over the network in the halls of residence. The Desktop Anywhere service enables you to log in to your University desktop and software securely from anywhere in the world. A single log-in will give you access to all the information and resources you need, from the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to personal timetables, academic and social groups, and even two new mobile apps. With the Blackboard Mobile Learn app you can access the University’s VLE from your mobile device; view content, participate in discussion boards and take tests. UniLeeds brings together useful information in one app, such as the library catalogue, campus maps and computer cluster availability. The experienced Help Desk staff are there to give you IT support by phone, e-mail or in person.
Leeds’ library is one of the major academic research libraries in the UK. The University’s rich and extensive print, online and manuscript collections, gathered over 100 years and added to all the time, attract students and scholars from around the world. As well as access to all the books you’ll need for your course, you will also have a host of electronic resources including e-books and over 35,000 online journals at your fingertips, accessible from home, your halls of residence or anywhere else. Three libraries on the main campus provide a variety of different working environments, with flexible group study areas as well as silent individual study space. All feature excellent IT facilities as well as access to the University’s wireless network if you want to work on your own laptop. The University is planning an additional undergraduate library development with 1,000 more seats, as well as group, quiet and silent study spaces and dedicated IT zones. Housing over 3.5 million items, including print and online books, journals and special collections, it is due to be completed in 2015. There is also a Skills@Library service that can help you develop the academic skills you need to succeed at university and in your future career. This service can help you become a more effective learner and researcher, to communicate more effectively, manage your time and much more.
The Language Centre offers a number of foreign language modules including French, German, Greek (modern), Hebrew (modern), Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, Punjabi and Spanish catering for varying abilities which can be taken over one or two semesters. Further facilities include a self-access area, digital language labs, PC classrooms, and interpreter training facilitites for students of simultaneous interpreting.
Whatever your level of fitness, Leeds is a great place to keep healthy and get active. Whether that means participating for fun, at club level, or at the highest national and international standards, Leeds has great facilities to help you achieve your personal best. Facilities include The Edge which is a £12 million indoor facility with a 200-station state-of-the-art gym - the largest in UK higher education - complete with Technogym equipment and Sky TV, along with a 25m, 8-lane swimming pool with movable floor, and much more. In addition, the University has excellent outdoor facilities at the Weetwood Sports Park which include the most playing field space at a UK university with a total of 51 hectares of playing field space. Evidence of Leeds' sporting facilities include the hosting of the Chinese Olympic team in the run-up to the London 2012 Games.
You can get involved with the Intramural sport programme, one of the largest of any university or college. This programme offers the opportunity to participate in organised, recreational sport on a regular basis in a wide range of disciplines, and is a great way to make friends. Leeds University Union (LUU) has 36 sports clubs which range from cycling to sub-aqua, basketball to sailing. Teams compete regularly at the highest levels in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues. Athletes in these clubs benefit from a range of support services such as physiotherapy, strength and conditioning work, and quality coaching to help them further develop.
The Leeds Students’ Union is always buzzing with activity with over 250 clubs and societies, lots of places to meet, relax and study. There are a range of societies to get involved in ranging from football to chess, wine tasting to swimming. You can also get involved in volunteering or media societies like Leeds Student newspaper, Leeds Student Radio and Leeds Student TV, which have all won national awards.
The Union also houses award-winning pubs, clubs, shops and food outlets. It has so much to offer in terms of night-time entertainment having played host to some of the biggest names in pop and rock & roll, and a range of club nights to suit many different tastes. There is even the University’s very own traditional English Pub, The Old Bar for those who prefer a quiet drink with friends.
The Leeds Students’ Union is run by students for students. It takes student ideas to forums to get other students to vote on them, plus the student body elect six students every year to run the Union on their behalf. In fact, the Leeds SU holds the national record for student turnout in elections.
Health and Well-Being
The Leeds Student Medical Practice is an NHS practice specialising in all aspects of student health. As well as the usual GP services, students registered at the practice can access a wide range of specialist services including sports medicine, travel advice and immunisation, all contraceptive requirements, asthma and diabetes management.
Help@Leeds is a joint project between the University and the Students’ Union designed to make it easy for you to find help when you need it. The Help@Leeds wesbite has contact details of all the support services on campus and quick links to useful information that may answer your questions. The Student Advice Centre at the Leeds University Union is a professional, friendly service providing help with any problems you may have concerning your life as a student. Specialising in housing, money and academic concerns, all help is free and confidential, and is independent of the University. There is also a Student Counselling Centre (SCC) which offers interventions designed to help manage a wide range of psychological difficulties and emotional problems, including depression and anxiety.
There is a good range of support for disabled students, including several Disability Coordinators who liaise with academic departments to arrange reasonable adjustments for students. A Support Worker Team provides one-to-one support through personal assistants and mentors, and the Student Mental Health Team provides mental health support.
Religion and Spirituality
The University Chaplaincy offers spiritual and pastoral support to all students (of all faiths and none) throughout their time at Leeds. Whether you’re struggling or seeking inspiration, it provides drop-in pastoral and spiritual care, space for meditation and reflection, and opportunities for worship and spiritual development. The Chaplaincy is based at the Emmanuel Centre, which also houses a chapel for quiet contemplation and a common room. There is a Jewish chaplaincy and an Islamic prayer room on campus.
Leeds’ award-winning on-campus Careers Centre, one of the largest in the country, has close links with many graduate recruiters. Over 450 employers visit the campus to meet Leeds’ students each year, including Teach First, Unilever, and Ernst and Young.The Careers Centre is the place to get advice about what to do after university, find work experience, improve your CV ,and deal with job applications and selection processes. Experienced, qualified advisors will help you make informed choices, and are available to provide advice even after you graduate.
Leeds for Life is Leeds’ unique employability service that will help you enhance your prospects by highlighting the wide range of co-curricular opportunities on offer from the University. Developed in collaboration with students, the Leeds for Life website helps you to identify opportunities to develop your skills through work placements and volunteering, networking events and societies. This service also enables you to apply for funding to undertake your own project in the UK or overseas, and attend academic conferences that will help to develop your knowledge and skills. Access to the Leeds Network through Leeds for Life also enables you to access valuable career insights from a diverse graduate community. There is also an Intercultural Ambassadors Programme which trains UK and international student volunteers to create and run exciting projects to help students from all backgrounds enjoy the benefits of being part of Leeds’ multicultural community and develop their skills and employability.
There are lots of ways to experience the world of work when you choose to study at Leeds. The 12-month placement gives students the chance to spend a year in industry with one of the hundreds of companies Leeds works with including KPMG, BMW, IBM and Marks & Spencer. Students who choose this option will receive support from the University throughout the placement and with their course converted from three to four years.The Careers Centre can also help you find a placement during the holidays and will help you make strong applications for the many holiday placements advertised by companies. There are also plenty of opportunities of part-time work whilst at university through the Joblink service.
Catered & self-catered
Catered (per week)
Self-catered (per week)
At Leeds there are opportunities to live in both catered and self-catered accommodation. Leeds’s catered residences range from large, purpose-built accommodation to smaller halls where the atmosphere is more traditional and close knit. Self-catering accommodation offers a great alternative for those who would like more independence but still enjoy the benefits of being in a student community with a lively social scene. At Leeds you are offered a choice of locations – on campus, close to the city centre, or further afield, a wide variety of accommodation from modern apartments to converted mansions, a range of rents to suit different budgets with different kitchen and bathroom facilities.
There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in social and sporting events. Every residence has a student residents’ committee for organising activities and events during term time. Whether that’s a film night, a trip to the great outdoors or an end of term ball, there’ll be something for you.
Some residences are on campus, others within walking distance, and those further away are on frequent bus routes. Leeds has a fantastic bus service, with buses running throughout the day and into the early hours of the morning. There are cycle routes along the main roads and bicycle storage facilities at most residences and on campus. The University also boasts the ‘Velocampus’ scheme which provides cycle support for students, with low cost, short and long-term bike hire, bike maintenance facilities and advice – helping to make Leeds a cycle-friendly campus and city.
English Language Requirements
|IELTS||6.0 with no less than 5.5 for each component|
87 with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing
When you arrive in Leeds, an international welcome team runs a free ‘meet and greet’ service, meeting you at the airport, train or bus station to give you all the information you need to settle in during your first few days. There is also an International Welcome Week, which is a free programme of information sessions and social events. Throughout your time at Leeds the International Student Office will provide you with information, advice and guidance on a wide range of issues, from coping with culture to UK study methods, or extending your visa. The Language Centre offers English language support for International Students.
Students from all countries are represented in international student societies. It’s a great way to meet other international students, learn about new cultures and develop friendships. And with over 250 clubs and societies, including sports, arts and subject specific, there will be something to suit everyone’s tastes. There are also Intercultural Ambassadors, a group of UK and international student volunteers who are trained to create and run exciting projects to help students get together and enjoy the benefits of being part of our multicultural global community.