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Research students from around the globe

International GroupLeeds is an international and intercultural campus. Students come from all over the world to make use of our outstanding facilities, including our extensive research library, laboratories and computing facilities.

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  • International reputation
  • Excellent teaching and research
  • Situated in the heart of a vibrant and affordable multicultural city
  • We teach students from diverse backgrounds and over 30 countries
  • Extensive support services to help make international student life in Leeds enjoyable and successful

Leeds Global Community

Lagos? Leipzig? Lanzhou? Leeds? Wherever you are, you can be part of the University of Leeds Global Community. This is the place to network, share ideas and meet new friends before you arrive in Leeds.

International Guide

If you are thinking about coming to Leeds visit the University's International Pages and have a look at Your Arrival guide to find out more. Read about life at Leeds and the reasons why thousands of international students choose to study at Leeds each year.

Leeds International Summer School

The Leeds International Summer School (LISS) is an opportunity for international students to get a taste of education and culture in the UK. The programme is 4 weeks long and gives students the chance to study two modules on topics as diverse as literature, music, sport and history, as well as including a range of field trips and social activities. Download more information.


The university is located less than 10 miles from Leeds Bradford International Airport where you can get flights to a variety of countries, both in and outside Europe. Manchester Airport is also just over an hour's drivce away, with a more extensive range of destinations it couldn't be easier for you to get where you need to go.

If you're flying into or leaving from the larger London airports, Heathrow or Gatwick, Leeds has an extremely well connected rail network with regular trains to London Kings Cross, taking less than 2.5 hours. See National Rail Enquiries for more information about train travel.

International Entry Requirements

Masters Courses

All applicants should normally have, or expect to achieve a First Class or Upper Second Class undergraduate degree (or equivalent). Applicants with equivalent relevant professional experience are encouraged to contact the Student Education Office prior to applying.

For advice on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to our degree programmes, please contact Masters admissions enquiries.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have evidence of an English qualification or other proficiency in English, equivalent to GCSE grade C or above to gain entry to the University of Leeds. The two most commonly used qualifications are IELTS and TOEFL.

Minimum English Language requirements for all postgraduate degrees in the Faculty of Biological Sciences are:

  • TOEFL (internet-based) - a total score of 92, with no less than: 21 in listening and reading, 22 in writing, and 23 in speaking
  • IELTS - score of 6.5 overall (with not less than 6.0 in any component)
  • PTE: Pearson Test of English Academic: an overall score of 64, with not less than 60 in each of the four skills.

UK Home Office rules for Tier 4 (general) student visas

In response to changes in UK Home Office rules for Tier 4 (general) student visas, the University of Leeds will be taking the following approach to English Language tests taken AFTER the 5th of April:

  1. For degree level study (this includes our Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses) and above a Secure English Language Test (SELT) is not required. Leeds will exercise its power of discretion and continue to accept a wide range of language qualifications, including IELTS from ALL test centres, Pearson Test of English, TOEFL iBT etc. for entry to Master, PhD and Undergraduate degrees. For more information on language qualifications accepted by Leeds for degree level study see:
    Note that the score we require from each test/qualification may differ depending on the destination course applied for.
  2. For below degree level study (this includes our foundation years and pre sessional English programmes) a SELT is required. Universities have no discretion powers in these cases. This means we must use the new restricted UKVI list of Secure English Language Tests for entry to Pre-sessional language, Foundation Year and any other programme below degree level. Any English language test taken at a centre listed in the link below will be acceptable by the UKVI for study at below degree level. The full updated list of UKVI approved SELTs and test centres can be found here:

Any applicant hoping to join Leeds before November 5th 2015 who took an IELTS or Pearson SELT BEFORE April 5th will be admitted under the previous UKVI rules. This means applicants can use a pre April 5th IELTS or Pearson as a SELT for entry to Pre-sessional and Foundation this summer and September. If in any doubt please contact the Admissions Enquiries team (

Please note that the number of IELTS centres which can issue a SELT after April 5th has been significantly reduced and so it is important that pre-sessional and foundation applicants book their tests in good time. IELTS has assured UK universities that the approved SELT centres will have enough places to meet demand and will be able to provide tests within a month. We believe many UK universities are taking the same approach as Leeds and using their discretion powers to admit applicants to degrees using IELTS from non SELT centres. We hope this will reduce the pressure on the SELT approved centres. Please contact Admissions Enquiries as soon as possible if you do experience delays so that we can report this to UKVI.

The changes have no impact on applicants who might be entering the UK on short term Student Visitor Visas.

Leeds Language Centre

The University of Leeds Language Centre provides a range of English for Academic Purposes Pre-sessional courses which are designed to help international students develop the necessary language and academic study skills required for successful study on a taught postgraduate degree programme at the University of Leeds. Courses are offered throughout the year with starting dates in September, January, April, July or August.

There is also a Pre-Masters English Language and Study Skills Programme in Shanghai available. Please see the Language Centre website for further details.

For further information, please see the Language Centre's website or contact the Language Centre.

For general advice on English language requirements for study at the University of Leeds can be found on the website. You can also download the Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy 2015.

Fees and Funding - Overseas Fees

What do Masters courses cost?

The cost of a Masters degree varies by course; you will get details of your fees with your offer letter.

Biological Sciences International Student fees 2015 - 16 (overseas fees)
MSc Bioscience £17,750
MSc Biotechnology £17,750
MSc Human Disease and Therapy £17,750
MSc Infection and Immunity £17,750
MSc Plant Science and Biotechnology £17,750
MSc/MRes Biodiversity and Conservation £17,750
MSc/MRes Biodiversity and Conservation with African Field Course £19,750

The academic fee covers tuition and exam costs as well as membership of the students' union. International students will pay a higher fee than UK students as the fees for UK and European Union (EU) students are subsidised by the UK government, but international students may be eligible for financial help via international scholarships.

Financial help

The majority of our students are self-funded, or funded by their employer or national government. However, several additional sources provide either fully-funded or part-funded scholarships for overseas applicants. Search the online postgraduate scholarships database for scholarships to international students- you may be eligible.

When to pay

Fees must be paid in full before you can register as a postgraduate student, unless you will be paying for yourself. If you are self-supporting you can pay fees in two instalments, the first payable at registration.

If you are supported by your government, employer, or other sponsor, you should provide a letter from them addressed to the University, confirming that the fees will be paid directly to the University of Leeds.Sponsors cannot pay by instalments.

The information provided is for general guidance purposes only. The University believes the information provided is accurate at the time of publication. The University cannot accept liability for any inaccuracies.

Masters International Scholarships
International Scholarships Flyer

Who is eligible? International applicants who have been offered a place on any of the postgraduate masters courses in the Faculty of Biological Sciences in September 2015.
How are they awarded? Eligibility for this scholarship will be considered automatically when you submit your Masters application.
How much are they worth? £2,000 - The scholarship will be paid in the form of a deduction from the tuition fee charged by the University.
Application deadline None - consideration is ongoing. No separate application is necessary.
Conditions apply Applicants must be self-funding, classified as Overseas for tuition fee purposes and not be in receipt of any other fee scholarship (with the exception of the University of Leeds Alumni Bursary).

The Faculty of Biological Sciences International Scholarships are not available to students who have other University of Leeds scholarships or bursaries (with the exception of the Leeds Alumni Bursary) or who have secured alternative external sources of funding e.g. government sponsorship. Only one Faculty of Biological Sciences Scholarship may be awarded per student. The Faculty reserves the right not to award scholarships if candidates do not meet the required criteria.

GREAT University of Leeds Scholarships - India 2015

The University of Leeds is proud to be working in partnership with the British Council’s GREAT Scholarship Scheme to offer prestigious scholarships for Indian students starting their studies at Leeds in September 2015. The British Council is working with the University of Leeds to offer students from India a fulfilling educational experience in the UK.
BC GREAT Scholarship Scheme

Who is eligible?

Nationals of India (or permanently domiciled in India). Students classed as overseas for fee purposes. Students who have an offer to start a full-time Masters degree programme at the University of Leeds in September 2015, on one of the following MSc programmes; MSc Bioscience, MSc Biotechnology.

How are they awarded? As well as meeting the conditions for your offer, you will need to be able to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement.
How much are they worth?

£7,500 - Recipients of the Scholarship will have the scholarship amount deducted from their tuition fee.

How do I apply?

Complete the Scholarship Application form and submit by Thursday 30th April 2015, via e-mail to

Conditions apply Applicants must be self-funding, nationals of India, classified as Overseas for tuition fee purposes and not be in receipt of any other fee scholarship (with the exception of the University of Leeds Alumni Bursary).

As the GREAT University of Leeds Scholarships - India 2015 is a joint-award with the British Council, the Faculty of Biological Sciences at Leeds will be required to submit the details of the scholarship winner to the British Council.

Alumni Bursary

This is a bursary for any former student of the University of Leeds studying for a postgraduate qualification in the the Faculty of Biological Sciences. Excluding courses that are run in conjunction with other universities. This bursary is open to students who are commencing their studies from September 2013 onwards, the bursary can not be awarded retrospectively. To find out more about the Alumni Bursary, please visit the University's website.

Who is eligible? This is an automatic bursary but you have to inform us and provide evidence that you are a former student of the University of Leeds..
How much are they worth? The University will pay 10% of your fees for each year of the course. If no fees paid then no bursary is awarded.
Application deadline None. If you think you are eligible you need to contact the relevant admissions team for the course you have applied for.

University postgraduate scholarships online database

Masters students from overseas may be eligible for other scholarship schemes - search the University postgraduate scholarships database to find out more.

Information relating to scholarships does change from time to time. Whilst the University endeavours to keep this information as up to date as possible, the University cannot be held liable for any inaccuracies.

International Student Support Services

Many years experience has taught us that international students have particular needs and the University offers a full range of services to help you before you arrive and once you are here.

The International Student Office website has a wealth of information and advice on how to get the most out of your student experience.

Your Arrival GuidePreparing for Leeds

Download 'Your Arrival' guide for information about the country, the city and the University. This guide for all new international students gives you a step-by-step guide to help you in your first few weeks and beyond. We are situated in the heart of a vibrant and multicultural city, so read this guide and you will feel at home right away.

Once you are here

International students benefit from a wealth of academic and pastoral support within the Faculty.

You will have access to the personal tutor system, to careers advice and skills training, to opportunities to develop industrial and professional links, and to a range of personal development opportunities, including our distinctive Leeds for Life scheme. Postgraduate students benefit from the support from the University Careers Centre.

Visit the International Student Office website for useful information and events and activities.

And don't forget that the experienced Student Education Office team is here to help you in whatever way we can. Please don't hesitate to contact us.

After graduation

Graduation isn't the end of the story by any means. We are in regular contact with more than 150,000 alumni in over 175 countries.

Join our online alumni community after graduation and enjoy strong friendships and supportive networking opportunities long after you have left us.

Postgraduate accommodation for overseas students

Find out more about university accomodation on our website We understand the importance of finding the right living environment to help you settle in, study effectively and enjoy a good social life. We believe University accommodation offers unrivalled value for mone, but some postgraduate students may prefer to rent private accommodation. Private accommodation can sometimes be cheaper and can be a good option for some postgraduates.

There is a wide variety of private rented housing in Leeds, the service UNIPOL provides advice and accommodation details.
UNIPOL also offer a guide to the different areas in Leeds, to help you decide where to live.

Overseas postgraduates: our guarantee

New international postgraduates paying fees at the full international rate have a guaranteed place in University accommodation during their first year, subject to certain conditions. The University Accommodation Office offers detailed information and guidance for postgraduates. Take a look at the options before deciding which one is best for you.

If living in the UK is new for you you might also find it useful to take a look at What to expect in student accommodation.

University of Leeds Overseas

Overseas Offices

The University has a network of representatives across the globe who can provide information on all matters relating to life in Leeds, and where you can find out specific information for your country.

Visits to your country

The International Office at the University of Leeds regularly travels overseas to meet with prospective students and advise them about life as an international student in Leeds. Overseas visit schedule.

International Masters Students talk about their experiences

The Faculty of Biological Sciences has trained PhD and Masters students from around the globe over many years. Students from over 30 countries have joined us to develop their scientific understanding and further their careers.

Recent students share their experiences below...

Bioscience Masters student Anusha Panjwani

Anusha Panjwani (India): Msc Infection and Immunity now studying for a PhD.

Biodiversity and Conservation Masters student Charlotte Ndribe Charlotte Ndribe: (Nigeria): MSc Biodiversity and Conservation now a PhD student/doctoral assistant, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Bioscience Masters student Ahmed AbouserwelAhmed Abouserwel (Libya) : MSc Bioscience Infection and Immunity now studying for a PhD in Dentristry at the University of Leeds.