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Admissions (Taught Postgraduate)

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Taught Programmes

Important: Application processing times are expected to be between 4-8 working 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.
  • Translation Tests. (for those studying specialised translation modules only i.e MAATS, MAAVTS, MACITS, MABPSITS, MAPLIS, MAAET and PGDip variants)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.
  • If you have previously studied in the UK on a Tier 4 Student Visa (international), you may need to provide us with your Passport, Visa, CAS and BRP in addition to the above.

English Language 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 summer pre-sessional English course at the University of Leeds Language Centre. These courses are either 6 or 10 weeks in duration and will be tailored towards the Masters course you are coming to study. 

If you have not quite met the entry requirements for the pre-sessionals, there is also the opportunity to study on an extended programme and continue on to the summer pre-sessional English course. Please see our Postgraduate pre-sessional English course page for information. 

Important dates and deadlines

Start dates

Course induction week: 23rd September 2019

Teaching begins: Monday 30th September 2019

Application Deadlines

All supporting documentation must be uploaded prior to any application deadlines

Standard course deadline: 02 September 2019 (Home/ EU applicants) or 26 August 2019 (international applicants).

Course specific deadlines:

1. Interpreting Courses 

  • MA Conference Interpreting and Translation Studies/ PGDip Conference Interpreting
  • MA Business and Public Service Interpreting and Translation Studies/ PgDip Business and Public Service Interpreting


a) For students studying Chinese interpreting on the above four courses, you must submit your complete application and have provided evidence of having met the English language requirements by of 31st March 2019.

b) For interpreting students studying all other languages on the above courses, we recommend that you submit your application no later than 30 April 2019.

2. Specialised Translation Courses

  • MA Applied Translation Studies/ PGDip Applied Translation Studies
  • MA Audiovisual Translation Studies
  • MA Arabic/English Translation


We recommend that you submit your application by 30 April 2019, although we will consider applications received after this point, providing that there are still places available.


Taught Postgraduate Admissions
School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

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

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