Frequently asked questions

Taught postgraduate programmes

Q: Which programmes are available in 2017/18?
A: Please view the list of available courses.

Q: How long will it take to process my application and make me an offer?
A: Currently, application processing and offer making times are significantly greater than usual. Please be assured that we are processing all applications and will be in contact with you as soon as we have any news. You can help speed up this time by ensuring that you provide all supporting documents upon submission of your application. Additionally, you should give your documents appropriate file names.

Q: Do you make offers conditional on English Language?
A: Applied Translation Studies, Audiovisual Translation Studies and Conference Interpreting &Translation Studies have English language requirements which are higher than the Universities standard entry requirement, and so it is not possible for us to assess candidates until they have provided us with evidence of having met these requirements. This means that it is not possible for us to make conditional offers for these courses. We are able to make offers conditional on English for our other courses, where the English language requirement is standard (IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component).

Q: Which languages are you offering on interpreting and translation MAs in 2017/18?
A: We are offering Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese (translation only), Portuguese, Russian (translation only) and Spanish. For more details please see contact the admissions office

Q: Where do I find Specialised Translation Tests for 2017/18

A: Tests are available via the How to Apply page. Tests should be submitted as part of your online application, as you will not be considered for language pairs where a test is not submitted. 

Q: I want to apply for an MA programme to start in September 2017, when can I submit my application?
A: We will begin processing applications from 1st September 2016, however, assessment will not take place until 1st October. Assessment can take up to six weeks for standard programmes and eight weeks for programmes involving conference interpreting.

Q: What are the English language requirements for ...[programme title]?

MAATS, PGDATS, MAAVTS IELTS 7.0 (at least 6.5 in all components) TOEFL(iBT) 100 (at least 22 Listening and Reading, 23 Writing and 24 Speaking) 
MACITS, PGDCI IELTS 7.0 (at least 7.5 Speaking and Listening, 6.5 Reading and Writing) TOEFL(iBT) 100 (at least 22 Reading, 23 Writing, 24 Listening and 26 Speaking)
All other MA programmes offered in the School of Languages  IELTS 6.5 (at least 6.0 in all components) TOEFL(iBT) 92 (at least 21 Listening, 21 Reading, 22 Writing and 23 Speaking)

We also accept other English language test certificates. Contact us ( for details.

Q: Can you send me some information on the… [programme title]? How do I apply for the… [programme title]?
A: Information on all our courses and instructions on how to apply are available online through the Coursefinder service. You can find detailed information on each programme, lists of available modules and links to timetables in the Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue. Please note that the information in the catalogue relates specifically to the current academic year and may change for the next academic year.

Q: How long will I have to wait for a decision on my application?
A: We aim to assess applications within six weeks of receiving all required documentation, however, applications for conference interpreting may take around six to eight weeks.

Q: What is needed when you are asking for the degree transcripts and certificate?
A: If you have not yet completed your first degree you should send us partial transcripts detailing the marks you have already gained. If you have completed your first degree you must send a full transcript of all marks, stating your final mark and your degree certificate.  If your transcripts and certificate are not in English, you should also send an official translation with your transcript. Please enclose a copy of any written details about the grading system used (often printed on the back of the transcript). Applicants without a degree should send details of equivalent professional training/experience.

Q: What should I do if I am unable to provide two academic references in support of my application?
A: If it has been some time since you completed your first degree and you are unable to get references from lecturers who taught you, you may submit references from recent employers who can comment on relevant skills.

Q: Can you update me on the progress of my application?
A: You can check on the status of your application by logging into your online account here.

Q: Why was my application rejected? Can I have some feedback?
A: As we receive a very large amount of applications we are unable to give detailed feedback. You may have been unsuccessful because you did not meet the basic course requirements; because a test or interview you completed was unsuccessful; or because the admissions tutor felt from your application that you are not suited to the course. All requests for feedback must be made in writing to  and signed by the applicant.

Q: How does the selection process work?
A: For details about the selection process, please see the LCS Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy

Q: Can I see a teaching timetable for my chosen programme? How many hours of teaching per week will my programme involve?
A: You can access a timetable for your chosen programme via the Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue. Please note that this will relate to the current academic year and may be subject to change when your programme commences. Final timetables are not confirmed until September. For interpreting programmes (MACITS, PGDCI), the timetable will change week by week depending on the availability of external interpreting tutors. On average, a taught MA programme will involve eight to ten hours of teaching per week, but this can vary depending on the programme and the modules you choose. Interpreting programmes (MACITS, PGDCI) have a more intensive timetable and can involve fifteen hours or more per week. In addition to teaching hours, you should take into account the amount of time expected for independent study, completion of assessed work and revision for exams. Further information can be found in the Programme Catalogue.

Q: I completed my degree outside the UK. How can I check if my qualifications meet the entry requirements?
A: Please contact the Taught postgraduate Admissions Office via email ( or telephone: 0113 343 3234 or 0113 343 30233.  

Q: Am I exempt from taking an English language test?
A: The following applicants are not required to undertake English language tests:

  • UK and USA graduates
  • Commonwealth graduates from the following countries (with English as the medium of instruction): Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Cameroon, Dominica, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sierra Leone, Solomon Island, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Applicants who have previously spent a minimum of 3 years in the UK to complete a degree
  • Applicants who have completed a Masters degree in the UK

Q: I haven’t met the English Language requirements. Can you still consider my application?
A: Please send in your latest scores and we will let you know whether this is possible. Alternatively, some of our courses will accept the completion of one of our Integrated Pre-sessional English courses of either 10 weeks or 6 weeks.

Q: Can I take a pre-sessional English course?
A: The Language Centre at the University of Leeds runs a variety of pre-sessional English courses over the summer to prepare students for postgraduate study. You can apply for any of these separately from your postgraduate programme, though you will need to have been made an offer for a postgraduate programme before applying. If you have taken an English language test such as IELTS and your scores do not meet our requirements, it may be possible for us to make you an offer conditional on attendance at a pre-sessional (as an alternative to retaking the IELTS). This is only possible if you have already taken the IELTS (or equivalent) and your current scores are within a certain distance of our requirements. You must submit a complete application for postgraduate study first and all decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Is there an open day for my chosen programme?
A: Open events for Taught Postgraduate programmes within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies normally take place in late November or early February. Please see our website for details. We will post details of these on our website near the time. If you would like to visit the School and meet with a member of academic staff or an admissions officer at any other time of year, please contact us to arrange an appointment, giving details of the reason for your visit. The University postgraduate open day is held in February. 

Q: Can I study part-time?
A: Several of our programmes are offered on a part-time basis, but for subjects such as interpreting the nature of the training we provide is not suited to part-time study. Please check the Courses Available to see whether there is a part-time version of your programme. Part-time programmes are spread over two academic years instead of one.

Q: Do you have Distance Learning/Online courses?
A: Generally, our programmes are not suited to distance or online study as they require use of dedicated resources on campus and regular contact with staff. However, we will be considering more flexible forms of online provision in future.

Q: When does the course start and finish? Can I choose a different start date?
A: All Taught Postgraduate courses begin in mid-September, at the start of the UK academic year. It is not possible to begin a taught course at any other point in the year. MA programmes last for 12 months (including 3 months of independent study over the summer) and PG Diplomas last for 9 months.

Q: Where can I find out about accommodation in Leeds?
A: The School does not deal with any accommodation matters directly. Please visit the University of Leeds Accommodation Office website.

Q: Do you provide a translation service?
A: No. The Centre for Translation Studies is just a centre for training and research and does not provide a translation service. You will need to contact a translation company or a freelance translator.