Learning and teaching

Inspirational teaching

You'll be taught by academics who are leaders in their field and are as passionate about your subject as you are. They will challenge you and encourage you to explore, question and discover.

Leeds was awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the highest award possible

Research is at the heart of your learning and feeds directly into our taught courses. This means you will benefit from the latest knowledge and thinking in your subject area. 

We're among the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2019

Studying for a Masters course will help you prepare for or boost your career. You’ll develop transferrable skills like critical thinking and analysis. It can also provide you with excellent grounding for a research degree.

Research based learning

We are one of the largest research-based institutions in the UK providing a stimulating and exciting learning environment. Our research expertise means we deliver teaching that is informed by the latest discoveries, allowing you to deepen your understanding of your subject area. Extensive research funding means we can invest in the best facilities and staff, to give you an inspiring learning environment.


We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities, and a member of the Worldwide Universities Network, a partnership of universities working together to drive international research collaboration and address issues of global significance.

Our research tackles big issues - from using microbubbles to fight cancer to developing self-repairing cities at our national robotics centre – this expertise feeds into your teaching. You can make an impact through your own research and develop advanced research skills to shape your own research project.

We are ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research and impact power (2014 Research Excellence Framework). It rated 80% of our research as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

An industry-relevant education

Many of our academic staff are also consultants and practitioners in their disciplines. This means our courses reflect the needs of business and industry.

One of the ways we do this is through industry consultation through Industrial Advisory Boards. They provide an employer’s focus on our courses, making sure they are always up-to-date and relevant to industry.

Work placements are part of some of our courses and a good way to develop professional skills in industry. If you have a business idea or want to develop entrepreneurial skills, there are a number of enterprise opportunities.

How you will learn

Alongside lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll explore your subject through private study and independent projects, laboratory practicals or fieldwork, depending on your course.

We’ve invested in digital technology to improve and support your learning experience. Use our digitally-enhanced teaching spaces to interact with your lecturers and work with your fellow students.

Access video and audio recordings of some of your lectures to support your independent learning. You can also study some courses with us through online and distance learning. Check our course information to see if your course has flexible study options. All our courses offer the same high standards of teaching and research-driven knowledge.

We're ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2019