To study at Leeds you’ll need to meet the academic entry requirements for your course and have a recognised English language qualification. 

Course requirements 

Use our course search to find the entry requirements for your course. Check the accepted qualifications for your country or region.

If you have any questions about your qualifications, email internationaloffice@leeds.ac.uk

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need an English Language qualification to study at Leeds.

Below are the minimum requirements for each level of study. Some of our courses have higher English language requirements, check your course page for more information. 

If you don't meet these requirements, you could study with our Language Centre to improve your English to the level required

International Foundation Year

Visit our International Foundation Year entry requirements page

Undergraduate degrees

Minimum qualifications include:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each component skill.*During the Covid-19 pandemic* departments may accept IELTS scores achieved across more than one test where those scores are no more than 2 and a half (2.5) years old and can be verified on the IELTS verification website. Please note that we normally cannot accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study. 
  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test) and TOEFLiBT Special Home Edition at 87 overall with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing. *During the Covid-19 pandemic* departments may accept MyBest scores where those scores are no more than 2 years old and can be verified on the TOEFLibt verification website. Please note the University of Leeds does not normally accept TOEFL MyBest scores and normally expects candidates to have met the relevant requirements from a single TOEFL test. We normally cannot accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study. 
  • PTE Academic at 60 overall with no less than 56 in any component. Please note that we cannot accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study.
  • Password Skills (and Password Skills Solo during the Covid-19 pandemic) at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any component. Due to the current limited availability of Password Skills and Password Solo tests, the University is currently running some proctored Solo tests for some of our pre-sessional applicants who are not able to present a suitable English language test. Because of the high demand, we are currently prioritising applicants who have document submission deadlines in June or July. A decision on running further tests will be announced in mid June.
  • Language Cert International ESOL B2 Communicator with a 'High Pass' overall. 
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE), or C1 Advanced, at C/169 overall with no less than 162 in any component.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), or C2 Proficiency, at C/169 overall with no less than 162 in any component.
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English at a Pass in ISE II or above (if taken in the UK). Please note that we cannot accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study.
  • GCSE English Language at C/4; or Cambridge IGCSE English as a First or Second Language or Oxford AQA IGCSE English Language or English as a Second Language at C. GCSE English Literature may be considered in certain circumstances for some courses.
  • *During the Covid-19 pandemic* departments may accept an undergraduate degree studied in the UK for at least one year. Please note that we normally require an undergraduate degree to be studied in the UK for at least two years.
  • Overseas doctors who are registered with the NHS (please note that this may not apply for courses with higher requirements).
  • We might also accept an English language qualification from your country

Some of our courses have higher English language requirements, check your course page for more information. Please contact the school admissions team for further advice if you do not meet the requirements via an English language qualification.

Improve your English with our Language Centre

Masters degrees

Minimum qualifications include:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) at 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in each component skill. *During the Covid-19 pandemic* departments may accept IELTS scores achieved across more than one test where those scores are no more than 2 and a half (2.5) years old and can be verified on the IELTS verification website. Please note that we cannot normally accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study. 
  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test) and TOEFLiBT Special Home Edition at 92 overall with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing. *During the Covid-19 pandemic* departments may accept MyBest scores where those scores are no more than 2 years old and can be verified on the TOEFLibt verification website. Please note the University of Leeds does not normally accept TOEFL MyBest scores and normally expects candidates to have met the relevant requirements from a single TOEFL test. We normally cannot accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study.
  • PTE Academic at 64 overall with no less than 60 in any component. Please note that we cannot accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study.
  • Password Skills (and Password Skills Solo during the Covid-19 pandemic) at 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any component. Due to the current limited availability of Password Skills and Password Solo tests, the University is currently running some proctored Solo tests for some of our pre-sessional applicants who are not able to present a suitable English language test. Because of the high demand, we are currently prioritising applicants who have document submission deadlines in June or July. A decision on running further tests will be announced in mid June.
  • Language Cert International ESOL B2 Communicator with a 'High Pass' overall. If the course you have an offer for requires an equivalent to IELTS 7.0, then the C1 Expert with a 'Pass' overall is required. 
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE), or C1 Advanced, at C/176 overall with no less than 169 in any component.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), or C2 Proficiency, at C/176 overall with no less than 169 in any component.
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English at a Pass in ISE II or above (if taken in the UK). Please note that we cannot accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study.
  • GCSE English Language at C/4; or Cambridge IGCSE English as a First or Second Language or Oxford AQA IGCSE English Language or English as a Second Language at C. GCSE English Literature may be considered in certain circumstances for some courses.
  • *During the Covid-19 pandemic* departments may accept an undergraduate degree studied in the UK for at least one year. Please note that we normally require an undergraduate degree to be studied in the UK for at least two years.
  • A master’s degree studied in the UK for at least one year.
  • Overseas doctors who are registered with the NHS (please note that this may not apply for courses with higher requirements).
  • We might also accept an English language qualification from your country

Some of our courses have higher requirements, check your course page for more information. Please contact the school admissions team for further advice if you do not meet the requirements via an English language qualification.

Improve your English with our Language Centre

Research degrees

Minimum qualifications include:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in each component skill. Please note that we cannot accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study.
  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-based test) and TOEFLiBT Special Home Edition at 87 overall with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing. Please note the University of Leeds does not accept TOEFL MyBest scores and expects candidates to have met the relevant requirements from a single TOEFL test. We cannot accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study.
  • PTE Academic at 60 overall with no less than 56 in any component. Please note that we cannot accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study.
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE), or C1 Advanced, at C/169 overall with no less than 162 in any component.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), or C2 Proficiency, at C/169 overall with no less than 162 in any component.
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English at a Pass in ISE II or above (if taken in the UK). Please note that we cannot accept results from these tests that are over two years old at the start date of the course you intend to study.
  • GCSE English Language at C/4; or Cambridge IGCSE English as a First or Second Language or Oxford AQA IGCSE English Language or English as a Second Language at C. GCSE English Literature may be considered in certain circumstances for some courses.
  • We might also accept an English language qualification from your country

Some of our courses have higher requirements, check your course page for more information. 

Improve your English with our Language Centre

Please see our summary of additional qualifications that are also accepted for research study. Please contact the school admissions team for further advice if you do not meet the requirements via an English language qualification.