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Admissions (Taught Postgraduate)

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Taught Programmes

Please use the following link to view the courses we offer.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that the Taught Postgraduate Admissions Office is significantly busier than usual, meaning that that application processing times are expected to be greater than six to eight weeks. In order to reduce the amount of time taken to process and assess your application it is important that you upload all supporting documentation when submitting your application.

Entry requirements

For entry to taught programmes in the School of Languages, Cultures & Societies we require:

–Typically a good 2:1 or above undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent). Candidates with other relevant experience/qualifications may be considered.

–If English is not your native language, evidence of English language qualifications is required. Please see individual programme pages for details on English language requirements. Please note that the following programmes require you to upload evidence of having met the English language requirements at the point of submitting your application and prior to any application deadlines;

  • Applied Translation Studies
  • Audiovisual Translation Studies
  • Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies
  • Business and Public Service Interpreting and Translation Studies

How to apply

Once you have decided which course you wish to apply for (see our Courses page), you will need to register for a University of Leeds Applicant Portal Account HERE. From here you will be able to begin your online application.

Supporting Documents

You must upload the following supporting documents before we will assess your application:

  • Official degree transcripts and certificate(s). Please provide a full transcript if you have finished your degree or a partial transcript of you are still studying. If transcripts and certificates are not in English, you should also include an official translation of these documents.
  • Two academic references. Please provide details of two referees who we may contact to obtain a reference.
  • Documentary evidence of your English language proficiency (if English is not your native language) such as IELTS test. See individual programme descriptions for exact score requirements. For a full list of recognised qualifications, please contact
  • Personal Statement (translation and interpreting applicants do not need to provide a personal statement) of approximately 500 words which a) explains why you want to study the programme, b) outlines your experience and interest in this area in relation to the modules taught on the programme, c) demonstrates understanding of the modules taught on the programme, d) explains how the programme will benefit you in your future career, and (e) explains why you are interested in the programme offered at Leeds in particular.

Other required documents

For those wishing to study translation by taking Specialised Translation modules, please include:

  • Translation Tests. You must submit a translation for each language combination you wish to study and in each direction you wish to study. Ensure that you sign and complete each declaration form to confirm that the translations are your own work. You may use dictionaries to help you with your translation.

Apply online here

Pre-sessional courses

If English is not your native language and you are new to studying in the UK higher education system, you may like to consider taking a pre-sessional course with our Language Centre during the summer before starting your MA programme.

When to apply

Courses commencing September 2018

All supporting documentation must be uploaded prior to any application deadlines:

Standard Course Deadline: 03 September 2018 (Home/ EU applicants) or 27 August 2018 (international applicants).

Interpreting programmes with Chinese language: (MA Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies/ PGDip Conference Interpreting and MA Business and Public Service Interpreting and Translation Studies/ PgDip Business and Public Service Interpreting) You must submit your complete application and have met the English language requirements by of 31 March 2018.

Interpreting programmes with other languages: We recommend that you submit your application no later than 30 April 2018, as it takes some weeks to complete the assessment process. Please see Standard Course Deadlines.

Programmes involving Specialised Translation modules: We recommend that you submit your application by 30 April 2018, although we will consider applications received after this point, providing that there are still places available.

Courses commencing September 2019

Applications open on 01 September 2018

Course deadlines to be confirmed.


Taught Postgraduate Admissions
G.42 School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Michael Sadler Building
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT


t: +44 (0)113 343 0233  or +44 (0)113 343 3234

Pages in this document

  1. Admissions (Taught Postgraduate)
  2. Translation Tests 2019/20
  3. Translation Tests 2018/19
  4. MA Conference Interpreting & Translation Studies / PGDip Conference Interpreting
  5. MA Applied Translation Studies/ MA Audiovisual Translation Studies/ PGDip Applied Translation
  6. MA Professional Language and Intercultural Studies