We will normally consider qualifications from all over the world.

We tend to refer to entry requirements in terms of standard British qualifications (A-levels, or a 'good honours degree'). However, admissions tutors at Leeds are familiar with international qualifications and welcome applications from students with equivalent qualifications. If you consider yourself to be a good student within your own educational system, then it is likely there will be an appropriate entry point for you in Leeds. For advice on whether your qualifications are acceptable please email the international office at internationaloffice@leeds.ac.uk

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need a recognised English Language qualification to be admitted onto any of the University's degree programmes.

Undergraduate study

Acceptable minimum qualifications include:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component skill
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 87 (with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing)
  • Pearson (Academic) of 60 overall with no less than 56 in any component
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) of 169 overall with no less than 162 in any component
  • Trinity College Integrated Skills in English of a Pass in ISE II or above (if taken in the UK)

Postgraduate taught study

Acceptable minimum qualifications include:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 92 with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing
  • Pearson (Academic) of 64 overall with no less than 60 in any component
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) of 176 overall with no less than 169 in any component
  • Trinity College Integrated Skills in English of a Pass in ISE II or above (if taken in the UK)

Postgraduate research study

Acceptable minimum qualifications include:
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component skill
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 87 (with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing)
  • Pearson (Academic) of 60 overall with no less than 56 in any component
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) of 169 overall with no less than 162 in any component
  • Trinity College Integrated Skills in English of a Pass in ISE II or above (if taken in the UK)

Research degree candidates normally hold a first-class or second-class honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a subject relevant to their proposed field of research. Candidates whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language is sufficient to meet the specific demands of their study.

Please see our summary of additional qualifications that are also accepted for research study.

Some schools and departments have higher English language requirements than these so please check with your school when you apply. For the full list of acceptable English language qualifications for entry to undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research programmes please check the relevant admissions policy.

Please note that we are able to accept all of the above English language qualifications for entry to undergraduate and postgraduate study, including IELTS from both Secure English Language Test (SELT) and non-SELT test centres. However for entry to programmes below degree level (including the International Foundation Year and pre-sessional programmes) we are only able to accept English language qualifications which are listed as UKVI approved SELTs and taken in approved test centres.

View a full list of UKVI SELTs and test centres

Language Centre

The Language Centre runs courses to help international students improve their English and prepare for study. Find out more