An outstanding education

Our students join a community of academics whose excellence in research is translated into their teaching. At undergraduate level this integration of research and teaching is brought together through the Leeds Curriculum. This has three elements: research-based learning, core programme threads and broadening.

Research-based learning 

Students acquire a knowledge of their subject from academics active in research and also develop critical thinking skills through their independent research projects. Programmes are designed to help students progress to working autonomously. Over the years of a programme, students will build their understanding of content, methods, ethics, outcomes and critique. This culminates in undergraduates producing a final-year project.

89% of final year Leeds students said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of their course.

National Student Survey, 2017

Core programme threads

We want to ensure our courses continue to be relevant and responsive to global issues and the needs of employers. The core threads running through all our undergraduate programmes are ethics and responsibility, global and cultural insight, and employability.


Leeds’s range of academic disciplines gives students structured opportunities to broaden their horizons and discover areas outside of their core subject. Students are supported in choosing from  a great range of modules which are grouped under ten discovery themes.

The Leeds Partnership 

The relationship between students and staff at Leeds is based on partnership; education is a participatory process with shared responsibilities between students and staff for making the most of the opportunities that are available. Student representatives worked with staff to develop the Leeds Partnership agreement and supporting statements.

Preparing students for life after Leeds 

Through our regional, national and international partnerships and award-winning students' union (Leeds University Union), we create a wealth of co-curricular opportunities from study abroad and work placements to volunteering and community outreach. These opportunities, combined with our curriculum, make our graduates highly sought after and we are one of top ten most targeted universities by the UK's top 100 companies.

92% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months

QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2016

These opportunities are bought together in Leeds for Life and the supporting website helps students record their experiences and articulate their skills. Students are also supported by our careers centre

Over 3,000 of our students get involved in volunteering work in the Leeds city region each year

Leeds also has a strong focus on enterprise, providing support and investment for students to set up their own companies and collaborate with businesses. Our track record secured us Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year in 2015.