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Postgraduate
YOUR
OFFER
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INSPIRING
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University of Leeds
Your Offer 2018
Leeds City Bus Station
Leeds city centre – only a 10minute walk from the campus
The Edge
sports centre
Parkinson Building
Brotherton Library
St Mark’s
Residences
Hyde Park and Headingley –
a short walk or bus ride away
The Great Hall
Leeds Train Station
Leeds University Union –
our students’ union
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Important information
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upon a person’s expertise), unexpected lack of
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serious concern with regard to the transmission
of serious illness making a course unsafe to
deliver.
After a student has taken up a place with the
University, the University will look to give early
notification of any changes and try to minimise
their impact, offering suitable alternative
arrangements or forms of compensation where
it believes there is a fair case to do so. Offers of
a place to study at the University will provide
up-to-date information on courses. The latest
key information on courses can be found at
www.leeds.ac.uk/courses
Please check this website before making
any decisions.
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Your Offer 2018
YOUR GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSITY
OF LEEDS
A great place to study
We know that choosing to pursue a
postgraduate degree is a big decision and
we’re delighted that you are considering the
University of Leeds as the next step.
This guide has been designed to give you a
flavour of postgraduate study at Leeds and
provide you with important information on
understanding your offer as well as details
of accommodation and our facilities for
postgraduate students. Read on to discover
all that we can offer you and what to do next.
Our postgraduate degrees will take
you to the next level. Whether you
want to deepen your knowledge
of a specific subject, enhance
your career opportunities or take a
new direction in life, we have the
postgraduate course to suit you.
• University of the Year (The Times
and The Sunday Times Good University
Guide 2017).
• In the top 100 universities for academic
reputation (QS World University
Rankings, 2018).
• Top 10 university for research power in
the UK (REF, 2014).
• Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence
Framework (TEF, 2017)
• Voted 4th in the UK in The Times Higher
Education Student Experience Survey 2017.
(Times Higher 2014, 2015, 2016).
• One single campus, right next to Leeds
city centre.
A great place to live
• Leeds is one of the UK’s largest centres for
business, legal and financial services,
as well as the arts and culture.
• Leeds is in Yorkshire, one of the greenest
counties in the UK, home to three
national parks.
• Leeds is competing to be European Capital
of Culture 2023.
• Voted the 5th best place to visit in Europe
(Lonely Planet, 2017)
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Academic excellence
Research excellence
Academic facilities
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Student wellbeing and support
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YOUR PLACE
Understanding your offer
Fees and finance
Information for international students
English language
pre-sessional programmes
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Your Offer 2018
AN INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
RESEARCH EXCELLENCE
We are a truly international university and
have links with many leading institutions
worldwide. We have over 6,000 international
students and we take an international view
of everything we do, whether that’s welcoming
students from other countries, developing
relationships with universities and businesses
around the world or incorporating an international
dimension in our teaching and research.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
Becoming part of our postgraduate community
means that you will benefit from a truly
excellent academic experience. By joining us,
you can expect:
• to be taught and supervised by leading
academic staff who are as passionate
about your subject as you are
• teaching informed by a wide range of
internal and external collaborations to
provide a dynamic approach to your
learning experience
• essential training to develop lifelong
transferable skills and enhance your
employment prospects
• an excellent student experience in a friendly,
supportive and diverse environment.
You will find that research is at the heart
of your learning experience here at Leeds.
Benefiting from an inspirational learning
environment, you will be taught by staff
actively engaged in creative and innovative
research. This knowledge informs your
studies, meaning lectures and seminars are
not only highly engaging, but also particularly
relevant to the world today.
Our staff have been awarded 24
National Teaching Fellowships,
reflecting the excellence of
our teaching.
With enormous economic, environmental
and societal challenges facing the world,
there has never been a greater need for
original, creative and innovative research.
Our postgraduate community is rising to the
challenge, delivering world-class research
across a wide range of disciplines.
When you join us, you will form part of our
active research community: a community in
demand across the globe – from developing
new technology and medical treatments, to
advising multimillion pound organisations and
influencing government policy. Our breadth
of knowledge and expertise underpins our
commitment to ensuring our research has
direct economic and social benefit.
We have a strong interdisciplinary ethos, with
many departments and schools collaborating
in a number of research centres and clusters.
These act as forums for the generation and
development of ideas and they support
collaboration. For example, colleagues
from within our schools of Engineering and
Biological Sciences have worked together to
research, develop and deliver regenerative
therapies and devices that can repair or
replace diseased tissues and restore normal
tissue function. Their aim is to improve quality
of life and promote ‘50 active years after 50.’
www.leeds.ac.uk/research
Nexus, the University’s new £38m innovation
and enterprise centre is due to open in winter
2018 and will be a gateway for business
to access the University’s award-winning
research and a hub for innovation, locally,
nationally and internationally.
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ACADEMIC FACILITIES
We have all the facilities you’ll need to support
and enhance your academic studies and
we’re investing millions of pounds each
year to ensure we maintain our first-class
learning environment. From state-of-the-art
laboratories to brand new lecture theatres,
you’ll find everything you need for your
studies right here on campus.
University Library
The University Library is one of the major
academic research libraries in the UK and
our Special Collections – including some of
the UK’s most outstanding collections of rare
books and manuscripts – attract students and
academics from around the world.
As well as having access to over 2.8 million
books, you’ll also have a host of electronic
resources at your fingertips, including
550,000 online books and more than 37,000
print and online journals.
Four libraries on campus each provide a range
of study environments and opening times to
suit your needs. The £23m refurbishment of
the Edward Boyle Library was completed in
2017 and now offers study spaces, bookable
rooms for group work and a research hub with
facilities dedicated to postgraduate students.
library.leeds.ac.uk
Computers and IT
As a postgraduate at Leeds, you’ll benefit from
having access to:
• extensive computer facilities and wi-fi
coverage across campus on the international
Eduroam network
• over 1,800 networked PCs – you can find
them in dedicated computer clusters, as
well as in most of our cafés. Some are open
24/7, ensuring you’ll be able to study at a
time that suits you
• MS Office 365 account, including
secure email, large data quotas and free
downloadable Office Pro Plus for students.
We have invested over £2m in a new
state-of-the-art lecture capture and multimedia
management system, so you can access video
and audio recordings of many of your lectures
and other activities through Minerva, the
University’s new Portal and Virtual Learning
Environment (VLE). You’ll also be able to view
announcements, obtain module information,
participate in discussion boards and check
your grades.
Alongside this, our digitally-enhanced
teaching spaces enable students and staff
to work interactively, encouraging academic
discussion and collaborative working.
it.leeds.ac.uk
The Language Centre
Leeds is the only library to
have five of its premier Special
Collections awarded ‘designated
status’, recognised as collections
of outstanding international
importance by the Arts Council.
The Language Centre offers resources for
independent language study, modules in a
range of languages, and academic English
language development for international
students through in-sessional classes and
pre-sessional English language programmes.
See page 30 for more information on
pre-sessional English Language programmes.
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Your Offer 2018
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Your Offer 2018
CAREER PLANNING
LEEDS FOR LIFE
We recognise the advantage a Masters degree
can give you in developing your existing
career, finding graduate-level employment or
progressing to higher-level study. Our careers
advisors will help you with your job search and
to ensure you make the successful transition
to your next step.
As a postgraduate student you can access a
range of Careers Centre services, including
CV and interview advice, career planning
and employer networking events. There is an
e-Guidance service available if you are a
part-time or distance learning student.
careerweb.leeds.ac.uk
ENTERPRISE AT LEEDS
If you are interested in real-world enterprise
and are thinking about developing your own
business start-up, we can provide you with
dedicated support.
Spark, our innovative business start-up
support initiative, is there to guide you as
you develop your idea into a viable business.
Our experienced and dedicated team offers
bespoke workshops, business advice and
access to funding, networking events and
mentoring support to help you through your
entrepreneurial journey.
www.leeds.ac.uk/enterprise
Winner of a Guardian University
Award for Enterprise in 2016
and Times Higher Education
Entrepreneurial University of the Year
2015.
Leeds for Life is a University-wide initiative,
designed to ensure you get the very best
personal development support during
your studies.
At the heart of Leeds for Life is the personal
tutoring process, which ensures you get
structured one-to-one meetings to support your
personal as well as academic development.
The initiative brings together lots of
co-curricular opportunities, including access
to the Leeds Network (see page 13), and
enables you to explore the opportunities
available to you.
This not only helps you in your degree, but will
also help you reflect on your whole University
experience and understand the value of
your achievements, so you can articulate the
benefits of being at a world-class university
when talking to potential employers.
leedsforlife.leeds.ac.uk
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[email protected]
Especially beneficial for students returning to
study after a gap in education, [email protected]
provides workshops, online resources and
one-to-one advice to help you develop your
academic skills. You can:
• attend workshops aimed specifically at
postgraduate students, covering topics
such as presentation skills, dissertation
planning and academic writing
• work through online tutorials and activities
at a time and pace to suit you
• obtain general advice on issues such as
time management and essay structure.
library.leeds.ac.uk/skills
LEARN A LANGUAGE
All our students are able to access free,
flexible online language learning through
Rosetta Stone, where you can choose from
up to 24 languages. You can choose from
beginner to intermediate level, or brush up
on your existing language skills.
www.leeds.ac.uk/languages
The Language Zone, which sits in the
Language Centre, also provides resources
for independent language study including
computer-assisted language learning, a
dedicated study space and access to over
50 TV channels in 20 languages.
www.leeds.ac.uk/languagezone
OUR ALUMNI COMMUNITY
AND NETWORKS
As a postgraduate student you will be able
to take advantage of the Leeds Network, our
online career networking tool which gives you
the chance to make contact with alumni who
have ‘been there, done that’ and are working
in the job you want.
Leeds alumni make an important contribution
to the life of the University. They’ll give you
practical careers advice and talk to you
about their own careers. Some of our alumni
also offer internships and work experience,
and fund scholarships and other projects to
enhance your experience at Leeds.
Joining us at the University of Leeds is also
the start of a lifelong relationship. When you
graduate you will automatically be part of our
Leeds alumni community of 250,000 Leeds
graduates in over 180 countries. You will
continue to have access to a range of benefits
and services, as well as membership of a
worldwide professional and social network.
On campus, our alumni can continue to use
our libraries, take advantage of the Careers
Centre, access Leeds University Union, and
benefit from a special rate at our indoor sports
facility, The Edge.
alumni.leeds.ac.uk
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WELCOME
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One of the largest single-campus universities in the UK, the University
of Leeds has all the facilities and services you need to ensure you have
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Your Offer 2018
ACCOMMODATION
University accommodation
Where you will live during your postgraduate
studies is an important consideration.
Some students prefer to be in University
accommodation as part of a close-knit
postgraduate community, while others choose
to live in private accommodation. Whichever
you’d prefer, Leeds is a great place to live with
a varied mix of accommodation on offer.
Our guarantee
We guarantee* an offer of University
accommodation to all single postgraduate
students paying international fees who apply
for accommodation before the deadline –
1 July 2018.
*Restrictions apply relating to deadlines,
residence and academic fee status.
Late applicants will be allocated University
accommodation depending on availability.
Unfortunately, we are unable to extend our
guarantee of University accommodation to
UK or EU postgraduate students. Places in
University accommodation for UK and EU
students are strictly dependent on availability
however, there is an extensive selection of
private accommodation available to students
in Leeds. See page 17 for further information
on private sector accommodation.
Accommodation if you start
mid-session
If your course starts outside the normal
September or October date, please apply for
accommodation at least two months before
you arrive to enable us to make you an offer
of accommodation.
Our University-owned residences are mainly
self-catered. We provide kitchen facilities
that you share with a small number of other
residents. All rooms have a bed and mattress,
wardrobe, study table and chair, shelving
and storage. Around two-thirds of the rooms
are en suite, and where there is a shared
bathroom, rooms may also have a washbasin.
All residences have launderettes or provide
washing machines.
Our main residences exclusively for single
postgraduate and mature students are St
Mark’s Residences, Grayson Heights and
Royal Park Flats.
St Mark’s Residences is conveniently located
less than a five-minute walk from the northeast corner of campus, with the city centre
only a 10-minute walk away. A self-catered
residence with over 500 en suite bedrooms,
fitness zone, business centre and lounge area,
St Mark’s has a 51-week contract length.
Grayson Heights offers smart, modern
apartments, with peace and privacy away
from campus but close to local amenities,
including a large supermarket and leisure centre.
Grayson Heights has a 51-week contract length.
Royal Park Flats is very close to Hyde Park
and a short walk from the University campus.
It is made up of 112 furnished study bedrooms,
usually sharing a kitchen diner and two
bathrooms between seven. All rooms have their
own washbasin. The residence has gardens,
a barbeque area and recycling facilities on site,
along with secure bike storage. Royal Park Flats
has a 51-week contract length.
All our rents include energy bills, free
wi-fi and basic contents insurance – so there
are no hidden extras to pay. Students, with the
exception of those in family accommodation,
will also receive off-peak gym and sports
membership at The Edge.
accommodation.leeds.ac.uk
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Costs
Family accommodation
*It is possible that the prices quoted
may change.
Private sector accommodation
The cost of your University managed
accommodation will depend on the location
you choose and facilities on offer with
prices ranging from £95– £134 a week*.
Don’t forget that basic insurance cover,
wi-fi, energy costs and free off-peak gym
and sports membership (with the exception
of those in family accommodation) are all
included in your rent.
Flexible payment methods
We have made it as easy as possible for you
to pay your accommodation fees. There are
no hidden extras, so the price you see on
your contract is what you pay. You can pay
in one, three or eight instalments. The first
instalment isn’t due until October so other
than a £200 deposit payment on accepting
the contract, you don’t have any rent to pay
until after you move in.
How to apply
You can apply for University accommodation
once you have accepted your academic offer
from Leeds. Remember you must apply for
University accommodation by 1 July 2018.
Apply online through our Accommodation
website. We’ll send you more information once
you have accepted your academic offer.
Pre-sessional courses
If you are attending a pre-sessional
course and you require University of Leeds
accommodation, apply online through our
Accommodation website.
If you will continue to study at the University
after your summer pre-sessional course ends
and you want University accommodation from
September, you must make another (second)
online application for this accommodation.
Make sure you apply by the accommodation
deadline of 1 July 2018.
We understand how important it can be
to have your family with you during your
studies and that it is vital that they settle
into their new home as quickly as possible.
The University provides some family
accommodation close to the campus and
we also recommend Unipol Student Homes
for private sector family accommodation.
accommodation.leeds.ac.uk
www.unipol.org.uk
If you would rather rent privately, Leeds
has a wide range of good-quality private
accommodation to suit all lifestyles and
budgets. Whether you’re looking to live in the
city centre or in the popular student suburbs
of Headingley and Hyde Park, you’ll still just
be a short walk or bus ride from campus.
Independent help and advice is available on
all aspects of private accommodation from
Unipol, a student homes charity, and Leeds
University Union (LUU).
www.unipol.org.uk
www.luu.org.uk
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LEEDS UNIVERSITY UNION
SPORT AND FITNESS
As a postgraduate student, you can use the
students’ union to relax and socialise with
friends. Situated at the heart of our campus,
the union also offers a range of great services,
support and opportunities.
Clubs and societies
Leeds University Union (LUU) runs 300+
student-led clubs and societies, bringing
like-minded students together. Whether you
want to pursue an existing interest or try
something completely new, there is something
for everyone – from rugby and chess to stage
musicals and skydiving.
There is a dedicated society for postgraduates
that meets regularly, giving you the chance to
meet other postgraduate students on campus
in an informal setting to share ideas, relax and
attend socials and trips in and around Leeds.
Volunteering and part-time work
Volunteering is a fantastic way to enhance
your employability and develop valuable new
skills. You could volunteer with one of LUU’s
student-led volunteering societies, search for
opportunities via the University’s Volunteering
Hub or set up your own project.
Joblink is a student employment service based
in LUU that advertises part-time jobs for existing
students, provides advice on all aspects of
working in the UK and can also help graduates
seeking full-time work after leaving Leeds.
www.luu.org.uk
Whatever your level of fitness, we provide
excellent opportunities to keep healthy and get
active. The Edge, our flagship £13.5m indoor
facility, provides excellent fitness, sport and
wellbeing opportunities, including an eight-lane
25m swimming pool, a 250-station state-ofthe-art gym, sauna and steam rooms, squash
courts, climbing wall, personal training studio
and three dedicated fitness studios, offering
over 160 classes per week during term time.
We also provide excellent outdoor facilities at
Sports Park Weetwood and at our two outdoor
centres in the Lake District and the Yorkshire
Dales, perfectly located for hiking, caving,
mountain biking and climbing.
We have one of the largest sport programmes
of any UK university and over 60 sport and
outdoor pursuit clubs for you to choose from.
sport.leeds.ac.uk
STUDENT WELLBEING AND SUPPORT
Throughout your studies at Leeds, you can
be assured of our help and support. We have
a network of specialist services centred on
you and your wellbeing: Student Counselling
and Wellbeing, the Chaplaincy team, Disability
Services, Leeds Student Medical Practice, and
the independent advice service in LUU. Our For
Students website directs you to those support
services, making it easier for you to find the right
help when you need it, as well as quick links to
useful information including financial advice,
health concerns and disability support.
students.leeds.ac.uk/supportandwellbeing
It’s advisable to contact our Disability Services
team as soon as possible to discuss your
needs while studying with us.
students.leeds.ac.uk/supportandwellbeing
+44 (0)113 343 3927
For postgraduate students with a family,
we have a multi-award winning childcare
facility on campus, Bright Beginnings.
www.brightbeginningschildcare.co.uk
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LEEDS THE CITY
Eating out and entertainment
With one of the most diverse economies in
the UK, Leeds has become Britain’s most
important financial, banking and legal centre
outside of London. Constantly improving, the
city has invested in its infrastructure to move
with the times spending over £3bn within the
last 10 years.
Sport
Leeds is a city rich in history, culture and
diversity. Renowned as a centre for arts,
sports, leisure and entertainment, Leeds is a
dynamic, exciting city surrounded by beautiful,
natural countryside. Just a 10-minute walk
from the University campus, you’ll find all you
need and more in the city of Leeds.
Arts and culture
With its vibrant cultural life, the city was
named one of The Times’ 20 best cultural
places to live. The only city outside of London
with its own opera and ballet companies,
Leeds also boasts several professional
theatres. Leeds Art Gallery has one of the best
collections of contemporary art in the UK,
while the Royal Armouries houses a national
collection of arms and armour, both of which
provide a cultural day out.
Shopping
Leeds is one of the UK’s top shopping
destinations and has an eclectic mix of high
street favourites, independent boutiques
and vintage stores, all within easy walking
distance of our campus. From the beautiful
architecture of the Victoria Quarter and the
Grand Arcade to the stunning domed roof of
Leeds Corn Exchange, Leeds is a true haven
for anyone who wants to shop somewhere
different. Victoria Gate, the newest boutique
shopping arcade, takes its visual inspiration
from the area’s textile heritage. Trinity Leeds is
a modern retail and leisure development in the
heart of the city centre, with 120 shops, cafés,
bars, restaurants and a cinema.
Leeds offers an extensive choice of places to eat
and drink to suit all culinary tastes and budgets.
It is famous as a major centre for entertainment
and nightlife, and with an international reputation
for music excellence, Leeds’ music scene can
be experienced in every corner of the city, every
night of the week. Live music venues include
the 13,500-capacity First Direct Arena, the O²
Academy, The Wardrobe, Brudenell Social Club
and, of course, the University’s Refectory, which
has played host to some of the world’s most
famous bands including The Rolling Stones,
The Who, Led Zeppelin and Queen.
The city of Leeds has a proud sporting
tradition. The city is also home to famous teams
such as Leeds United Football Club and Leeds
Rhinos Rugby League Football Club as well as
Test Match cricket. One of the country’s largest
real snow slopes is also within easy reach.
A green city
A walk through the countryside or day out in
the Yorkshire region can prove to be the ideal
break from your studies. In Leeds you are
never far from a large country park or natural
beauty spot with breathtaking scenery and a
range of historic landmarks for you to explore.
Travel links
Only two hours from London and three hours
from Edinburgh by train, Leeds is the perfect
base to travel around the UK. Leeds Bradford
Airport is only 30 minutes from campus and
Manchester Airport is just an hour away by
train or road, offering you the opportunity to
explore even further afield. Fast, frequent
and affordable local transport is available
throughout the city and its suburbs.
www.leeds.ac.uk/leedsandyorkshire
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YOUR PLACE
A postgraduate degree at Leeds will provide you with a solid grounding
for career progression, a career change or further study. We will provide
you with an inspirational academic experience in one of the UK’s
largest universities, situated on the edge of a vibrant, affordable and
student-friendly city.
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR OFFER
Organising a visa
Everything you need to know about your offer
and what you need to do next is explained in
this section. Accepting your offer with us is
just the beginning of your journey and we’ll be
there to support you every step of the way.
Conditional offers
If you have received a conditional offer from
the University, your place here is dependent
on meeting the conditions outlined in your
offer letter, which you will have received
with this guide. Before we can issue an
unconditional offer to you, we need to see
copies of your academic qualifications
(degree certificate and transcripts) and,
where applicable, evidence of your English
language ability.
If you have applied online, you can upload
your certificates and transcripts to
https://application.leeds.ac.uk
Unconditional offers
If you have received an unconditional offer
from the University, you will have met all
the relevant academic requirements. All you
need to do is confirm acceptance of your
place and pay your tuition fee deposit if you
require a Tier 4 student visa. You will need to
provide original or certified true copies of your
academic qualifications and translations when
you come to register with us.
For more details visit
https://application.leeds.ac.uk
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study
in the UK, you will need a Confirmation
of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the
University. Before you receive this, you will be
required to pay a tuition fee deposit. A CAS
can only be issued six months before the start
date of your course and is required for your
visa application, which you can make from
three months before the start of your course.
For further information on your visa
application and UKVI regulations, please visit
www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/
Visas-and-Immigration/Making-a-Tier-4General-application-outside-the-UK
The University employs several visa advisors
who can answer questions about visa
applications and advise on documents
required at any stage in the process.
They can be contacted at
[email protected]
or visit the website
www.leeds.ac.uk/immigration
Document translations
You will need to provide official translations
of your academic documents if they were not
originally produced in English. These translations
should be signed and dated by an official
translator and include their credentials, company
details and confirmation that the translation is
accurate, before sending it to the University.
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Your next steps
You receive your
conditional offer (Pg.24)
To accept your
conditional offer visit
https://application.leeds.ac.uk
The conditions of your offer are
included in your letter. Please
send us the documents to
meet these conditions (Pg.24)
Check your offer letter to
see if you need to apply
for ATAS clearance.
You need to have received
your ATAS clearance
before you apply for your
Tier 4 student visa.
Remember, if you have
studied in the UK under
a Tier 4 student visa or
with a student visa prior to
2009, and you have not
already told us, you must
let us know before your
Confirmation of Acceptance
for Studies (CAS) can be
assigned (Pg.24).
If you wish to, and it is stated
on your offer letter, attend
a pre-sessional course to
meet your English language
conditions (Pg.30)
Once you have met your
conditions you will receive an
unconditional offer
To accept your
unconditional offer visit
https://application.leeds.ac.uk
If you are self-funded and
require a Tier 4 student
visa you will need to pay
a tuition fee deposit OR
if you are sponsored you
will need to send us your
sponsor evidence (Pg. 26)
You will receive your
CAS from us and can
apply for your visa from
three months before your
course start date.
Before you can register we
will need to see original
copies of your academic
documents (including original
translations) and your sponsor
evidence (Pg.24)
You can now register with the
University, arrange your tuition
fee payments and obtain your
student ID card
Please make sure you send
us the information we
need to assign your CAS,
eg passport details and if
you have an undecided fee
status, a completed Fees
Assessment Form.
26 University of Leeds
Your Offer 2018
FEES AND FINANCE
Sponsored students
Investing in a postgraduate degree is all
about investing in your future career and life
beyond Leeds. There are two main costs to
factor into your financial planning: tuition fees
and living costs.
Paying your tuition fees
Details of your postgraduate tuition fees
have been included with your offer letter.
If you have any specific questions, please
contact the admissions team in your school
or department.
Self-funding students
As part of online registration, you will need to
arrange payment of your fees in full or in two
instalments. For detailed information on how
to pay, please visit
students.leeds.ac.uk/feescharges
If you would like to pay in two instalments
you will need to set up an instalment plan.
50% must be paid when registering and 50%
is payable by direct debit approximately five
months after your start date. If you wish to
pay by instalments you must set up a current
account with a UK bank. The academic fee
covers standard tuition and examination costs,
as well as membership of the students’ union.
If you are going to be supported financially by
your government, employer or other sponsor
you must provide a letter from the sponsor,
stating the amount to be paid and the address
for invoicing on letterheaded paper to
[email protected]
Sponsors must pay fees in full when invoiced
as no instalment arrangement is available.
If you are a sponsored student you will be
unable to register until the sponsor letter has
been received and confirmed by Student
Finance (Fees).
More information can be found at
www.leeds.ac.uk/sponsoredstudents
If you have any enquiries please telephone
Student Finance (Fees) on
+44 (0)113 343 6700
or email [email protected]
Deposits for international students
If you’re a taught postgraduate applicant who
needs a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK,
you will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit
of £1,500.
Once you have confirmed your offer of a place
at the University, you will receive confirmation
advising you of how to pay your deposit and
by when.
A Confirmation of Acceptance for Study (CAS)
can only be issued to you once the offer has
been accepted, conditions of the offer have
been met, all relevant information for the
CAS has been provided and the deposit paid.
There are exemptions for sponsored students.
For full details please visit
www.leeds.ac.uk/pgfeesguidance
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Financial support
Postgraduate study at Leeds is a major
investment in your future, however you
may be able to get financial support from
the UK government, the University or other
funding bodies.
Postgraduate Loan
If you are planning to study a taught or
research Masters course full time, part time
or by distance learning, you may be able to
apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,280
to contribute to the cost of your postgraduate
study from the UK government. For up-to-date
information on the loan for 2018 entry, visit
www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study
Postgraduate scholarships
The University of Leeds and other funding
bodies offer a range of scholarships to home,
EU and international students that cover full
or partial course fees, and/or maintenance
payments. Additional awards are also available
from individual departments and faculties.
Award values and entry criteria vary, so for the
latest details on your eligibility, please visit
www.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduatescholarships
Home and EU scholarships
We offer a number of scholarships for
home/EU students to help support tuition
fees. Ten scholarships per year are available
from the University for new full or part-time
Masters or MRes students commencing
study in 2018.
Scholarships are very competitive so it is
important you make enquiries and apply to all
relevant sources as early as possible. Before
you apply for a scholarship you must first have
applied for a place of study and received your
Student Application Number.
Additional awards are also available from
individual departments and faculties. For the
latest details on your eligibility, please visit
www.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduatescholarships
International scholarships
There are a number of scholarships available
to taught postgraduate international students
funded by the University that provide a
contribution towards fees and maintenance
costs. Deadlines for these scholarships are
early within the admissions process.
For the latest details and entry criteria visit
www.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduatescholarships
Alumni bursary
If you are a former undergraduate student from
the University of Leeds and you are studying for
a full Masters degree, you may be eligible for a
10% alumni tuition fee bursary.
To see if you are eligible and to check
application deadlines visit
www.leeds.ac.uk/alumnibursary
28 University of Leeds
Your Offer 2018
INFORMATION FOR
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Before you arrive
The University of Leeds is an international
University and one of the most popular
destinations in the UK for international
students. Each year over 6,000 postgraduate
students from over 150 different countries
choose to study with us, making our University
campus one of most diverse and multicultural
in the UK.
You can meet new people from all over the
world at our Global Café every Monday, join
the Intercultural Ambassadors programme
or take part in our annual, week-long World
Unite Festival.
Supporting international students
We have over a century of experience in
welcoming international students to our
University. From the moment you accept our
offer and throughout your studies, we provide
a range of specialist international student
support services. We can help you with
issues such as adapting to British culture and
applying for your visa as well as offering you
opportunities to make the most of your time
in the UK.
Link to Leeds
Link to Leeds gives you an opportunity to talk
directly to some of our current students by
email, instant messaging, Skype or through
our regular online chat events where you
can post questions and have them answered
instantly on a live feed.
Our team of Link to Leeds ambassadors
are here to share their experiences and
answer questions about studying and living
in Leeds, all you need to do is choose which
ambassador you want to contact. For more
information visit www.leeds.ac.uk/linktoleeds
Our pre-arrival briefings are presented in
a number of countries across the world by
University staff. These briefings provide useful
information on practical issues such as how
and when to travel to Leeds, how to organise
your accommodation and what to bring with
you. Once you have accepted our offer you will
be sent a pre-arrival guide which includes a
guide to our accommodation.
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30 University of Leeds
Your Offer 2018
International welcome and orientation
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PRE-SESSIONAL PROGRAMMES
We know that settling in from the beginning is
really important for the success of your time at
Leeds, so we offer a comprehensive range of
international welcome and orientation services.
When you arrive in Leeds, you will receive a
warm welcome from friendly University staff.
Our welcome team will give you a welcome
talk and welcome pack, taking you through
everything from University registration and
opening a bank account to good places to
shop and socialise.
Before term starts in September you are invited
to our International Welcome Week, a free
programme of information sessions and social
events, ranging from tours, to essential study
skills, and personal development opportunities.
You can also get involved in some of the social
activities during Freshers’ Week.
Find out more
Our staff regularly travel overseas to meet
with offer holders and advise you about life as
an international student in Leeds. To find out
if we will be visiting your country in the near
future, see
www.leeds.ac.uk/visitstoyourcountry
We work with overseas representatives across
the world who are happy to inform and advise
students about Leeds. Contact details for our
international network of representatives can
be found at
www.leeds.ac.uk/countryspecificinformation
Our summer pre-sessional English Language
programmes are designed for international
students preparing for Masters study with a
conditional or unconditional offer.
Our pre-sessional programmes will:
• help you to improve your level of
academic English to meet University entry
requirements and perform effectively in the
academic environment of your subject
• develop your knowledge of academic
language and literacy in your subject area
in addition to your reading, writing, listening
and speaking ability
• provide you with an opportunity to practise
the skills you’ll need, such as writing
assignments, conducting research exercises,
and participating in lectures and seminar
discussions
• allow you become familiar with University
systems, services and facilities before you
begin your Masters.
Our programmes are designed to teach
language relevant to the academic practices in
your field, whether that’s arts, social sciences,
business or science.
Summer programmes are full time over ten
weeks or six weeks (July–September) and we
will advise you of the recommended length
of the course, depending on the English
Language entry requirements and subject
area for your chosen postgraduate course.
Pre-sessional programmes are also available
for longer periods.
For more information and entry requirements,
email [email protected] or visit
www.leeds.ac.uk/presessional
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Your Offer 2018
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@UniversityLeeds
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information contained in this
guide in an alternative format
eg Braille, large print or
audio, please email
[email protected]
Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)113 343 2336
[email protected]
www.leeds.ac.uk/postgraduate
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