What happens after you apply

Find out what you can expect after you have applied.

Receiving a decision on your application

When assessing applications, we look for enthusiastic and talented students who have the potential to succeed in their studies with us and contribute to our community.

You can keep up to date with the progress of your application through UCAS.

UCAS will notify you when we make a decision on your application. If you receive an offer, you can inform us of your decision to accept or decline your place through UCAS. 

How long it takes to receive a decision

We typically receive a high number of applications to our courses so it can take time to receive a decision. For applications submitted by the January UCAS deadline, UCAS asks universities to make decisions by mid-May at the latest.

For some subject areas, the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available so, to ensure that we treat all applications fairly and equitably, we wait until after the UCAS application deadline has passed before reviewing applications and making a final decision. This helps us to ensure we get the planned number of students on your course, giving you the high-quality student experience that you expect from Leeds.

Which applications are put on hold

Your application may be put on hold until the UCAS application deadline has passed if you apply to a course in any of the following academic schools:

  • Business School
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Computing
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Earth and Environment
  • School of Geography
  • School of Law
  • School of Media and Communication
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Politics and International Studies
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Sociology and Social Policy

What to expect if your application is put on hold

If we put your application on hold, we will send you an email to let you know. You can also find out whether this process is in place for your course by checking Course Search.

You may have to wait a little longer to hear from us, though we will still make a decision by the UCAS deadline of mid-May at the latest.

This process will not affect your other UCAS applications. You should reply to your offers only when you have received all your decisions. Other universities will not change their offers if you are waiting for a decision from another institution. You can find key dates for the entire application process on the UCAS website.


Some of our courses require an interview as part of the application process, such as Medicine, Midwifery and Social Work. To find out more, check the application guidance for your chosen course on Course Search.

Offer holder events

If you receive an offer from us, you will be invited to an offer holder event, where you can learn more about your course and chat to academic staff and students. It will be more in-depth than an Open Day and will be either virtual or on campus.