You can apply for a Masters course online. This will allow you to track your application at each stage of the process. Before you apply, we recommend you take some time to read our admissions policy for 2020 or our admissions policy for 2021

International applicants

As an international applicant we recommend you use the services of our overseas representatives to make your application.  

If you are a non UK/EEA applicant we advise you to visit the Home Office website to check visa entry requirements for studying in the UK.

Step 1 – find your course

Our full list of Masters courses can be found in our course finder. Course start dates and application deadlines vary, so please check the details of your chosen course before applying. If no deadline is given, we advise applying by the end of July where possible, particularly for international applicants who will require a visa to study in the UK.

Please make sure that you are able to meet the following requirements before you apply:

If you have not yet met the entry requirements (eg you’re still studying for the appropriate qualifications) you can still apply for a course. You may receive an offer of a place on the condition that you meet the requirements before you start your course.

The Steps to Postgraduate Study website, sponsored by the UK funding bodies, provides information for UK, EU and international students who are thinking about applying for Masters programmes. 

Step 2 – apply

Applications open each October for courses starting in the next academic year.

To apply, submit an application using our online portal. You will be able to log in and track the progress of your application at any time. There is no application fee.

If you experience any difficulties, please contact our Admissions Enquiries team.

Saving your application

You can save your application at any point so you do not need to fully complete it in one session. However, your application may be deleted after 180 days if you do not submit it within this time.

Supporting documentation

Make sure you have all your supporting documents scanned and ready to upload with your online application. All documents should be in English, or sent with certified translations into English. Without copies of the required documents we will be unable to make you an offer.

Required documents include:

  • your degree certificate and academic transcripts (if you are still studying, provide partial/interim transcripts showing your performance so far)
  • evidence of your English language proficiency
  • scanned copies of any UK visas/permits you currently hold or have previously held, if you are applying as an international student

If you are made an offer you will not be able to register as a student of the University until we have seen and accepted the original hard copies of your academic documents. Most students complete this step once they have arrived in Leeds to start their course.

Depending on the course you apply for, you may be asked to provide additional documentation, such as:

  • a personal statement
  • a CV
  • a portfolio
  • translation tests

If your course requires a personal statement, you will find guidance within the application form. We advise that you write your statement separately and then either upload it as a document or copy the text into the application.

If your course does not require some or any of the additional documents there will be no option to provide them in the application form. There is no need to submit them separately.


When you apply you will be required to nominate two referees who have knowledge of your academic and/or professional ability. They should usually be a lecturer or supervisor at your last educational institution. However, if you have been out of education for more than five years or are applying with evidence of work experience, it may be appropriate to choose work-related referees. It is your responsibility to ensure that the referees you nominate are able and willing to provide a reference for you.

References are not requested automatically when an application is submitted. Instead, the admissions team will first assess your application to see if a decision can be made without references. If references are needed, the admissions team will then email your referees using the details you provided.

Please note that for some courses we do not require references, so you will not be asked to provide any referee details when you apply. There is no need to provide references separately.

For full guidance on submitting references please see our taught Masters admissions policy.  

Step 3 – we process your application

Your academic school may contact you directly if they require any further information or wish to invite you for an interview or audition. You will receive a notification email asking you to check your applicant portal for more details.

Once an application has been submitted and all necessary documentation has been received, we aim to make decisions within six weeks. However, due to a very high volume of applications it may take longer for your application to be reviewed at this time. We will contact you as soon as an update is available.

The exception is if you have applied to a course offered by the Business School, which has a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. For more information, please see the Business School website.

If you have a scholarship deadline, please contact your academic school using the My Enquiries section of the applicant portal and they will try to make a decision in time.

Step 4 – we let you know our decision

We will notify you of the outcome of your application by email. If your application is successful you will be able to view your offer letter in the Decisions section of your applicant portal. If your offer is unconditional we will also send a copy of your offer letter by post.

Occasionally the school may think that it is more appropriate to offer you a place on a different Masters course. In this case we would notify you of a change of course offer and you would be able to see the details by logging in to your applicant portal.

For most courses, there is no deadline to accept an offer or to meet any offer conditions. We just ask that you ensure you leave yourself enough time to complete the admissions process and prepare to start your course. However, deadlines are in place if you will be studying with the Business School or on a summer pre-sessional at the Language Centre.