Postgraduate taught

Students in a lecture

Taught courses An MA can be a grounding for further research or can help you change career focus

Take a taught course, and update your knowledge in rapidly changing technical or social science fields, or learn advanced techniques in subjects you studied at undergraduate level.

A masters degree can provide you with a platform for further research or can help you change career focus. It also shows you have high-level generic skills and advanced specialist knowledge to give you a boost in a competitive job market.

As a taught postgraduate student, you will combine traditional seminars, lectures, and tutorials with independent project-based investigation. Full-time programmes normally last for nine or twelve months.

Studying at Leeds

  • More than 5,000 students are currently registered for taught degrees.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were ranked 10th in the UK for research power which means you will be taught by academics who are at the top of their game.

Choosing a taught degree

If you're not sure whether you want to take a taught course or a research degree, look at what's available in your subject area and contact the admissions tutors for more information.

Entry requirements

Applicants must meet the University's minimum requirements for entry to a masters course. This is usually a good honours degree as well as specific requirements set by the department. In some cases, relevant work experience may be taken in lieu of academic qualifications.


The University offers a range of taught postgraduate scholarships to UK and EU applicants. Search our postgraduate scholarships database