Your application

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The application process for postgraduate degrees is different to that for undergraduate ones. To have the best chance of success, make sure your application includes the elements below. You can find information on entry requirements, application deadlines, how to apply and more here.

Sample of written work

You must provide a sample of your own written work on a topic relevant to your chosen course or research. This should be a literary critical analysis (not creative writing) of around 2000 words for Masters applications, and 4000 words for research degree applications. It must be fully referenced and have a bibliography - an essay or thesis excerpt from your most recent degree would be a good choice.

Personal statement (Masters only)

You must provide a personal statement that supports your application. This should be around 500 words explaining your reasons for applying to your course at the University of Leeds, and outlining your suitability to study on it.

Research proposal (MA by Research and PhD only)

You must provide a research proposal which presents a clear, focused description of what you would like to research in around 1000-2000 words. You can find guidance on what to include in your proposal here.

Academic references

You must provide contact details for two referees who can provide academic references to support your application. We expect your references to focus on your academic abilities and address the following:

  • How long your referees have known you and in what capacity.
  • How you compare academically to other students on your undergraduate/Masters course, and how this can be shown through your grades and predicted grades.
  • How you would contribute to and benefit from postgraduate study.

Degree transcript and/or certificate

You must provide the certificate for your undergraduate and/or Masters degree, or your module transcripts if you are still studying. All documents should be in English or accompanied by a certified translation into English.

English language certificate

If English is not your first language, you must provide proof that you meet our English language requirements. For a full list of the qualifications we accept (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) and the minimum scores needed see our information for international applicants here.

CV or resumé (optional)

You don't have to include your CV or resumé, but it can support your application if you have substantial work experience directly relevant to the course you are applying to.