Last updated 5 February 2021 at 4pm

We understand that applicants and offer holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus (covid-19) situation and your plans to study with us at Leeds. 

It’s important to us that you have every opportunity to engage with student life at Leeds, so we’re working hard to make sure you receive the high-quality academic experience you would expect.

Your personal safety remains our top priority. 

We will continue to make updates on this page and in our Frequently Asked Questions that follow.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Safety and wellbeing

What safety measures are in place when I arrive on campus?

We are working hard to ensure that the campus is a safe and welcoming environment. Your personal safety is our top priority, and we are putting appropriate safety and hygiene measures in place. We have prepared detailed information about safety on campus on our coronavirus website. 

My Application

Is there a deadline to accept my offer?

If you have applied for a Masters course there is no deadline to accept your offer. However, please leave enough time to complete the admissions process and prepare to start your course.

What are the application deadlines to study at the University of Leeds?

My university cannot provide me with an official certificate or transcript to meet the academic conditions of my offer due to covid-19, what should I do?

We will be as flexible as possible and documentation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. We recommend you submit the most recent transcript and/or confirmation of award you have been provided by your current institution for the admissions team to review. They will contact you if any further information or documentation is required.

Can I defer my Masters offer to secure a place for next year?

If you can't join us this year you can request to defer your place to September 2021, provided that you have not previously deferred and you have met any academic conditions. Please be aware that due to the likely high demand for deferrals this year we may not be able to approve every request. You can request a deferral in the application portal until 1 April 2021. If you have already paid a tuition fee deposit, this will be carried forward to your deferred offer.

Immigration and visas

What is the current arrival advice?  

The latest UK government advice is for students not to travel to university and to start your studies online until further notice. Please see our arrival page for the latest information. 

If you have already applied for your visa, it is likely the Government will allow some flexibility on arriving in the UK and we will update this page when more information is known.

If I started my studies remotely, will I be eligible to apply for the Graduate Immigration Route/Post Study Work visa?

The UK government has confirmed that students commencing a one-year Masters course in January 2021 will remain eligible for the Graduate route visa, even if they are studying remotely, provided that they enter the UK before 27 September 2021. Please note that your school may require you to arrive in Leeds before this date, depending on the course.

When will I receive my CAS? 

You will be contacted by email once your CAS is ready, or if any further information is needed, so you do not need to take any action to request a CAS. The earliest that a CAS can be issued is six months before your course begins.

In order to be eligible for a CAS, you must have accepted an unconditional offer, supplied all necessary information, such as valid passport details, and for taught postgraduate students only, either have paid a £1,500 tuition fee deposit or provided evidence that you are fully funded by a University-recognised sponsor. You do not need to send proof that you have paid your deposit to be issued a CAS.

How does studying my course online affect my student visa?

Please see our guidance on remote study and your student visa

Teaching and learning

How will teaching on my course be delivered? 

For the majority of courses all teaching is currently online until further notice, with a limited number of face-to-face teaching continuing for exempted subjects (which at Leeds means Clinical and Social Work programmes).  

Welcome and arrival

Will I need to register on campus? 

Registration is online. If you are an EU or International student you will also need to register in person when you arrive on campus, as and when the Government advises that it is safe to do so. Please see our Registration information.

What welcome and induction activities will be taking place?

All new students will take part in a programme of induction and orientation activities to help you familiarise yourself and settle in as quickly as possible. We've worked with the teams in Leeds University Union to develop a series of online activities and events so you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome. You can find out more on our Welcome pages and on the Leeds University Union website

I'm an international student. Where can I find more information about arriving on campus? 

We have been adjusting our welcome, arrival and international orientation plans for this year due to covid-19. Please visit our Arrival page for more information.

You can also talk to some of our current international students and find out more about the various online pre-departure events we are organising at our Link to Leeds website.  

What if I can't get to Leeds for the start of my course?

We are putting in place a wide range of measures to ensure that our campus is a safe community for students. However, we have to change our arrival advice regularly in line with government advice. We encourage you to both register and start your studies online, joining us in Leeds when restrictions lift and it is possible to do so. Please see our Arrivals page for information.


For questions relating to accommodation, including applying, moving in, and what to expect with social distancing, please visit the Accommodation website.

Open days

Are you still holding open days?

Due to the current situation, open days are not taking place on campus. Instead, we are hosting a virtual open day experience. You can access talks from our most recent undergraduate and postgraduate virtual open day on demand.

Fees, funding and paying deposits

I have received an unconditional taught postgraduate offer from the University and a request to pay a deposit to receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Do I have to pay it now?  

Although the current advice is not to travel to Leeds, you should still register and start your studies online. You therefore still need to pay the £1,500 tuition fee deposit or provide evidence that you are fully funded by a University-recognised sponsor before you can register for your course. We will then issue your CAS so you will be able to apply for a visa once travel is permitted again. For more information, please see the tuition fee deposits guidance page.

Will you refund my deposit if I cannot come to Leeds to study due to coronavirus (covid-19)?

Yes, we will refund your deposit if you are unable to take up your place at Leeds for reasons relating to covid-19. 

If I already paid my deposit for this year, will it be automatically carried over to next year if I defer my place?

Yes. If you have paid the deposit before requesting to defer we will keep hold of your payment for next year - we do not usually permit applicants to both receive a refund and defer.   

If some of my teaching is online, will I be charged the full tuition fees?

Students will be charged full tuition fees for 2020/21 entry.