Last updated 7 January 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.
Its important to us that you have every opportunity to engage with student life at Leeds, so were 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.
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.
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. If you have applied for a taught postgraduate course, you can request a deferral in the application portal.
My course is now offering a January 2021 intake, can I cancel my previous request to defer to September 2021 and begin in January instead?
If your course offers a January 2021 start you are welcome to request to start your course in January instead of deferring to September 2021. Please contact the admissions team for your course, using the contact details listed on Coursefinder. However, please leave enough time to complete the admissions process and prepare to start your course.
Can I use the pre-sessional course results from this year if my course starts in 2021?
Pre-sessional results are valid for two years, so a pre-sessional course taken in summer 2020 will be valid English language evidence for a Masters course starting in January 2021, and you will not need to provide an alternative language qualification.
If my English language certificate expires before January 2021, do I need to apply for another?
As long as your certificate was valid for the original start of the course in September 2020, we will still accept it as evidence of your English language proficiency if you are now starting your course in January 2021. If you will require a Student visa to study in the UK, this meets all UKVI requirements.
Immigration and visas
I am due to start my studies in January. 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 start my studies in January, will I be eligible to apply for the Graduate Immigration Route/Post Study Work visa?
The UK government has recently announced 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.
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.
When will I receive my CAS?
We are currently issuing CAS documents for courses that have a January 2021 start date.
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.
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.
I am an EU student for a course starting in January 2021. Do I need a Student visa?
As part of the Withdrawal Agreement, if you are an EU student who arrived to study in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 you do not require a visa. We encourage you to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, which will give you the option to remain in the UK for five years if you wish.
If you plan to arrive in the UK to start your studies after 1 January 2021 you will require a Student visa. You will need to contact us to request a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for your visa application. Find out about applying for a student visa. For the latest details, see our Brexit information for students.
I've received my unconditional offer from Leeds but am worried about getting my visa in time. What should I do?
We understand that making international travel arrangements is difficult at the moment and it may take longer than usual to get your CAS, get a visa appointment or for your visa to arrive. The latest UK government advice is that students should not return to university and we recommend that you do not plan to travel yet if you have not made your travel arrangements.
Teaching and learning
When is the start date for my course?
If you are a postgraduate student your start date will depend on your course. Some Masters courses started in September and some will begin in January.
If you have further questions about the start date for your course please contact your prospective school. You can find their contact details on the course pages.
How will teaching on my course be delivered?
We await further Government guidance on what this new period of lockdown means for universities. For the majority of courses all teaching will be 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).
My course is now starting in January. What virtual learning resources can I access before I start?
Before you join us, you will be able to access our Transition to Leeds online resource to make sure you make the best start to your time at Leeds. Transition to Leeds will be available before your programme starts in January 2021.
It is designed to enhance your study at Leeds by encouraging you to consider your programme of choice from different perspectives:
- global and cultural insight
- employability and ethics and responsibility
Transition to Leeds will include information to help welcome you to the University of Leeds, both before and after you join us.
Welcome and arrival
Will I need to register on campus?
Registration will be 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. Please be assured you'll have remote access to all the teaching resources and support services you need for your studies until you arrive.
For questions relating to accommodation, including applying, moving in, and what to expect with social distancing, please visit the Accommodation website.
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
Can I apply for a postgraduate Masters loan from the UK government if my course starts in January?
The January start date should not affect your eligibility for a Masters loan from the UK government if you and the course (with the original start date) were already considered eligible. You would simply receive your loan from January, instead of from September.
I am an EU student and my Masters course is starting in January 2021 instead of September 2020. Will my tuition fees stay the same?
Yes, if you have been told your Masters course starts in January 2021, your tuition fees will still be classed as Home/EU Masters fees and will stay the same. You will also still be eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Masters Loan.
Will a change of course start date or different course affect my scholarship?
Scholarship regulations vary, so we would advise that you contact your sponsor as soon as possible to find out whether the change to your course affects your funding. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Can I split my fee payments into more instalments as an international student?
If you are a self-funded international student you can either pay in full or in two instalments. Information on how to pay your University tuition can be found on our For Students website.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.
It is important to us that you have every opportunity to engage with student life at Leeds, so we are working hard to ensure you receive the high-quality academic experience you expect.
How we deliver your course will depend on government guidance on social distancing at the time but our approach will be flexible, offering a balance of face-to-face and virtual learning which will involve interaction with staff and regular collaboration with fellow students.
We will review our plans regularly and implement any changes, in line with government guidance, as quickly as possible. We are committed to ensuring you are supported to get the most out of your university experience, whilst ensuring your safety and wellbeing at all times.