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International Students

Faculty of Biological Sciences

Students from around the globe

Leeds 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.

Fact file

  • 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.

English language requirements (Masters)

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: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/125196/admissions/2107/entry_requirements
    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: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/407785/April_2015_Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_v1_0.pdf

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 (study@leeds.ac.uk).

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.

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.

PhD / MSc by Research

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 Graduate School Office prior to applying. For advice on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to our degree programmes, please contact Research Postgraduate (PhD) Admissions.

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.

Masters course costs

Please refer to the Masters Fees and Scholarships page here.

Research Degree costs

Please refer to the Research Degree Fees page here.

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.

Preparing 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.


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...

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

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

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