This policy is for you if your course has a start date in the academic year 2021-22. 

You must also read the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, as both policies apply. 

If your course has a start date in the academic year 2020-21, read the Engineering and Physical Sciences postgraduate admissions policy 2020-21

This faculty policy is reviewed annually by the faculty’s committees, and any amendments made after the point of publication will be summarised in the Version Control section.

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Admissions Policy applies to courses listed on Coursefinder for the following Schools: 

  • School of Chemical and Process Engineering 
  • School of Chemistry 
  • School of Civil Engineering 
  • School of Computing 
  • School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering 
  • School of Mathematics 
  • School of Mechanical Engineering 
  • School of Physics and Astronomy 

Entry requirements 

Academic requirements

Please see Coursefinder for the course list, typical entry requirements, and accepted qualifications. 

Exceptions to the typical academic requirements may be made when an applicant demonstrates significant relevant experience and their potential for benefiting from the course is clear. Relevant voluntary or work experience may be taken into account where appropriate. The applicant would be required to demonstrate that this experience is substantial and relevant to their chosen programme of study. Exceptionally, research publications may be taken into consideration if they demonstrate significant expertise in a relevant field.  

Applicants are strongly encouraged to include a CV to provide more detailed information about their prior educational and work experience.   

Non-academic requirements

In order to gain admittance to a number of courses in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences applicants must pass an ATAS check. Please see the ATAS, CAS and Student visas section below for further details . 

Documentation and references

Please refer to the corresponding section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy.

Advanced entry

Any decision on credit transfer or entry of students with advanced standing is an academic decision taken within the relevant academic school at the point of admission onto a course. Retrospective applications from students who are part-way through a course will not normally be considered. Please contact the Admissions Team using the Useful contacts and resources section below. 

Accreditation of Prior Learning 

Accredited prior learning (APL) is a process undertaken by the University in order to assess and, as appropriate, recognise prior experiential learning or prior certificated learning for academic purposes.  For further information see the corresponding Advanced Entry section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy

Application process 

Application routes and deadlines

All applicants for taught postgraduate courses should apply online. If an application deadline is in place, this will be stated on Coursefinder and the completed application must be submitted by this date.  

Please also see the Gathered Field section below. 

Part-time study

Applications for postgraduate study should be made via the Applicant Portal regardless of the mode of study. 

ATAS, CAS and Student visas

Some courses in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences require applicants to hold an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate in order to undertake postgraduate study. If an ATAS is required, it will be stated on the course page on Coursefinder

Read more information about ATAS on the University website.

Age and safeguarding

Please see the relevant section in the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy

Reapplications and former students of the University

The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences considers applications from candidates who have previously studied at the institution in line with the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy. Where appropriate, such candidates may be able to apply for Advanced Entry (see relevant section above).  

Confirmation

Applicants must typically meet the offer conditions set by the University in enough time to arrive by the start of teaching, particularly students who need to pay a tuition fee deposit, and be issued a CAS in order to apply for a Student visa. Decisions on acceptance where there is any possibility of a delay to arrival are at the School’s discretion. Offer holders should seek advice from the appropriate School admissions office where this may be the case. 

Deferral requests

Applicants who wish to defer an offer of a place to the following academic year should make the request via the Applicant Portal by 1 April 2022, where the course has a September or October start date.  

Applicant assessment 

Academic grades normally form only one part of the final decision and the following sections give examples of how applicants may demonstrate that they have the skills, knowledge and attributes that we consider will enable them to become successful students on our degree courses. 

Personal Statements

The personal statement of the application form helps us to assess the nature of the applicant’s interest in the academic subject and is an important part of the selection process. It is essential that applicants take this opportunity to demonstrate their enthusiasm and aptitude for the academic subject. Where applications show similar academic achievements we may use the statement in order to differentiate between applicants. 

Interviews

Interviews do not form part of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences standard admissions process however, in some cases, an applicant may be invited for an interview if it will help inform whether or not an offer should be made. If an interview is required, we will contact applicants to agree a mutually convenient time. 

Interviews methods may vary depending on the circumstances and/or geographical location of the applicant. For example, interviews may take place on a one to one basis or via video conferencing or telephone. 

Gathered field

The Schools of Computing, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering will operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Deadline and decision dates are displayed on Coursefinder

If applicants do not receive an offer in a particular stage, either they will be notified that the application has been unsuccessful, or we may carry the application forward to be considered in the next stage. Applications will only be carried forward once. 

We receive a high volume of applications, therefore we may need more time to assess an application. If this is case, we will carry the application to the next stage and notify the applicant of this. 

Other assessment methods

Relevant voluntary or work experience may be taken into account when a taught postgraduate application is assessed. The applicant would be required to demonstrate that this experience is substantial and relevant to their chosen programme of study. Research publications may be taken into consideration if they demonstrate significant expertise in a relevant field.  

Decisions and communications with applicants

Please refer to the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy for information on how decisions will be communicated by the University. 

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to request feedback on the reason for the outcome of their application should do so in line with the Feedback section of the above policy, using the relevant email address contact in the Useful contacts and resources section below. Generally, where applicants request feedback on why they have not been admitted, feedback will be given. However, please note that initial feedback is given as standard to all unsuccessful candidates who apply via the Applicant Portal.  

Appeals and complaints

As per the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, applicants who have sought feedback and wish to challenge the decision made on their application should contact the Faculty Admissions Manager, whose details can be found in the Useful contacts and resources section below. 

Useful contacts and resources 

For general enquiries and information relating to courses and admission to the University of Leeds, applicants should contact the Admissions Enquiries Team: 

Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 2336 
Email: study@leeds.ac.uk
Web: www.leeds.ac.uk/masters

Admissions enquiries specific to the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences should be directed as follows: 

School of Chemical and Process Engineering Admissions Team 
Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 2343 
Email: pgchemical@leeds.ac.uk

School of Chemistry Admissions Team 
Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 6552 
Email: chem.msc@leeds.ac.uk

School of Civil Engineering Admissions Team 
Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 2302 
Email: pgcivil@leeds.ac.uk

School of Computing Admissions Team 
Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 5440 
Email: pgcomp@leeds.ac.uk

School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering Admissions Team 
Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 2035 
Email: pgtelec@leeds.ac.uk

School of Mathematics Admissions Team 
Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 0945 
Email: maths-msc@leeds.ac.uk

School of Mechanical Engineering Admissions Team 
Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 0031 
Email: pgmech@leeds.ac.uk

School of Physics and Astronomy Admissions Team 
Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 6552 
Email: phymscadmin@leeds.ac.uk 

For all Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences admissions complaints and appeals please contact the Faculty Admissions Manager, Helen Linyard: 

Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 6552 
Email: h.e.linyard@leeds.ac.uk

Version control 

Page published: 27 August 2020
Page last updated: 27 August 2020
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