English language requirements for Postgraduate Researchers

Postgraduate researchers will need a high level of English language qualification if they wish to study at the University of Leeds. 

The University's standards comply with the QAA Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Programmes and also meets UKVI English language standards in respect of applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa.  

University minimum requirement

Overall: 6.0

And with with no component lower than 5.5:

IELTS and TOEFL only recognise test results as valid for a period of up to two years after the date of the examination. These two tests are only valid at the University of Leeds if they are less than two years old at the applicant’s start date. 

Faculties, Schools and Programmes with a higher English language requirement

A School or Faculty can raise the required minimum level of English above the University minimum but cannot lower it.

A higher level of English of IELTS Band Score 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in any skill area) is required in the following Schools and Faculties: 

Faculty of Medicine and Health
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Education
School of Food Science and Nutrition
School of Politics and International Studies
School of Sociology and Social Policy

Leeds University Business School require IELTS Band Score 7.0 (with not less than 6.0 in any skill area)

The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies require IELTS Band Score 6.5 (with not less than 7.0 in writing and not less than 6.0 in any other skill area) 

The School of Law require IELTS (Academic) Band Score 6.5 (with not less than 6.5 in Listening and Reading and not less than 6.0 in Writing and Speaking) 

All split-site modes of study require a higher level (6.5) in IELTS (with no component below 6.0) 

The Professional Doctorate and the Integrated degree of PhD and MSc in Clinical Dentistry in the Leeds Dental Institute require IELTS band score 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in any skill area) 

The English Language booklet provides administrative and academic staff with information and guidance on minimum standards of English language, approved on a University-wide basis by the Graduate Board. Please contact Postgraduate Research and Operations if you have any questions that are not covered in this booklet. 

If you have a candidate with a strong academic profile who falls just short of the English language entry requirements, they can be given a conditional offer subject to successfully completing a pre-sessional English language course.

In exceptional circumstances, Schools may wish to make a special case for an applicant to be accepted despite not meeting the standard English Language requirement.

The case must be made on the English language case template and all sections should be completed, including the reason why the applicant cannot meet the standard requirement. 

If the applicant will require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK then there is only scope for a case if the applicant has met the English language requirements for their visa application (CEFR B2). If the applicant is below the Home Office’s requirements in any area then the case cannot be considered.

Please see the English language case template for more information.