Masters applicants

If you'll be studying a taught postgraduate degree, our postgraduate summer pre-sessional course is tailored to your subject area, so you'll learn academic English that specifically prepares you for your degree. 

Course content in July and August is developed by teaching staff from the Language Centre and from your academic department. These courses can help if you don't meet the English language requirement for your degree, or if you want to gain a better understanding of using academic language in your subject area before your degree starts. You can see the list of our tailored pre-sessional courses at the end of this page.

Research applicants 

If you'll be studying a research degree, during the summer you'll have the opportunity to study with other postgraduate researchers. If you apply to study for 10 weeks, the first four weeks of your course will be tailored to postgraduate study within the broader context of your research subject area and you'll study with other postgraduate students.

For the remaining six weeks, or if you apply for our six week pre-sessional course, you'll study with other researchers preparing for a research degree. You'll learn how to use academic English that specifically prepares you for research using material from your degree subject area.

Frequently asked questions

Which English language certificates do we accept?

We accept the following certificates:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic. We can only accept results from these tests if they are less than two years old on the start date of the course you intend to study
  • IELTS for UKVI (Academic). This test is a SELT (Secure English Language Test). We can only accept results from these tests if they are less than two years old on the start date of the course you intend to study
  • Pearson PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. We can only accept results from these tests if they are less than two years old on the start date of the course you intend to study
  • Pearson PTE Academic UKVI. This test is a SELT (Secure English Language Test). We can only accept results from these tests if they are less than two years old on the start date of the course you intend to study
  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test). We expect candidates to meet the relevant requirements from a single test. We can only accept results from these tests if they are less than two years old on the start date of the course you intend to study
  • Language Cert International English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) B2 Communicator – both the written and the spoken tests, when taken at a test centre
  • Password Skills
  • Cambridge Advanced English
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency
  • iGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) English as a first or second language  

We don't accept IELTS Indicator, Password Skills Solo, TOEFL MyBest scores or TOEFL iBT Home Edition.

If you’re applying for a summer pre-sessional course and you have an offer for a Masters, you may not need to submit a Secure English Language Test to receive a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies). Read more about your CAS in the table in the ‘Important dates’ section of this page. 

Check IELTS equivalencies for TOEFL iBT and Pearson tests.

What are the entry requirements?

Masters applicants

If you'll be studying a taught postgraduate degree, entry requirements for summer pre-sessional courses can be found from the 'Applying, fees and funding' section on your Masters course page. Find your Masters course page for more information.

Research applicants

If you’ll be studying a research degree, you can find the entry requirements for the 10 or 6 week research pre-sessional courses on the following course pages:

The entry requirements for our pre-sessional English courses are based on your most recent English language test result and the English language requirements for the degree course you plan to study.  

How do I apply?

Apply via the application portal. Choose either:

  • Summer pre-sessional (10 weeks) English for Postgraduate Studies, or 
  • Summer pre-sessional (6 weeks) English for Postgraduate Studies 

If you experience any difficulties, please email the Admissions Enquiries team at study@leeds.ac.uk.

My postgraduate course offer is unconditional. Can I apply for this pre-sessional course?

Yes.

I'm eligible for the six week pre-sessional course. Can I apply for the 10 week course?

Yes.

Can I change from the 10 to the six week pre-sessional if I provide a new English language qualification?

Yes, if your new English language qualification meets the entry requirements for the six week course and there are places on the course. You’ll need to meet the deadlines for both courses.

Can I combine scores from more than one English language test to meet the pre-sessional entry requirements?

No. We can only check your eligibility for the pre-sessional course based on your most recent English language qualification.

When will I receive a response to my application?  

During peak times, it may take us longer to respond to your application. 

Masters applicants

We'll review your pre-sessional English application after you've received a decision on your Masters application.

Research applicants

We'll respond to your pre-sessional application after we receive it.

I'm a research degree applicant applying for a pre-sessional course. What type of CAS will I receive?

I have an unconditional offer for a research degree

You'll receive a combined CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) that includes your pre-sessional English course and your research degree.

I have a conditional research degree offer or I haven't received my research degree offer yet

If you have a SELT (Secure English Language Test) certificate, you'll receive a CAS for your pre-sessional course only.

If you don't have a SELT, you may be eligible to study the pre-sessional course on a Visitor visa. Read more about visas.

What's included in the tuition fees?

Do I need to pay a tuition fee deposit?

Masters applicants 

We're accepting deposit payments to secure your place on your pre-sessional course. 

The full tuition fee for your pre-sessional English course needs to be paid before you register. We encourage you to pay your tuition fee in full at this stage, rather than paying the deposit only.

Your course fee is stated in your pre-sessional English offer letter, and deadlines are listed in the table under the ‘Important dates’ section of this page. 

Any payments you make will be shown on your CAS when it’s issued. As your CAS is a live electronic document, any additional payments will be updated on your CAS.

If you don't attend your pre-sessional English course, any payments you've made will automatically be allocated to your Masters course instead. If you also decline your Masters course offer, your right to a refund of your deposit is limited.

Read more about tuition fee deposits.

Research applicants

If you'll be studying a research degree, you don't need to pay a tuition fee deposit for your pre-sessional course.?

What software will I need for my online classes?

When you register, you'll have online access to all software and University systems you'll need to study your course. You should also make sure you have suitable computer equipment to study online. Find out more about our online learning support.

Software you'll use includes Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Zoom and the University's virtual learning environment, Minerva. You'll have an introduction to these platforms before your course starts. You'll also need to be able to view PDF documents.

You'll need access to a desktop computer, laptop or tablet. Your device must have a webcam, and you need to be able to play and record both sound and video. You may find that headphones help you to listen if you are sharing your space with others.

We recommend a high-speed broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 1.5 Megabits per second (Mbps). If possible, your device should access the internet through an ethernet cable (not wireless). This will make your connection more stable – try to get this before your course starts.

How long will this pre-sessional course be valid for?

This pre-sessional course is valid for two years from the date of completion.

If you defer your degree offer, please be aware that the English language requirements are subject to change and you may be asked to provide further English language qualifications to meet the requirements of your degree course.  

Important dates for Masters applicants

10-week pre-sessional English applicants 

Stage of application process Deadline

Apply for your pre-sessional English course after submitting your Masters application.

Please include your English language certificate in your application.

6 June 2021 5pm (UK time)
If you apply without providing your English language certificate, you must send it to us by this date. 6 June 2021

Accept your pre-sessional English and Masters course offers and pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500, or provide evidence which exempts you from paying the deposit.

Please refer to your Masters offer letter for further details about the tuition fee deposit.

Find out how to pay your tuition fee deposit.

13 June 2021

If you receive your offer on or after 13 June, accept your offer and pay your tuition fee deposit within 3 working days.

If you wish to be issued a combined CAS (Confirmation for Acceptance for Studies) for the pre-sessional and Masters, meet the academic conditions of your Masters course.  

Or, provide us with a UKVI IELTS certificate and request a CAS for your pre-sessional English course only.

The first four weeks of your 10-week pre-sessional English course will be taught fully online. Your CAS will be issued in time for you to arrive in Leeds for the final six weeks of this course.

4 July 2021

We strongly recommend providing your academic evidence to meet the academic condition of your Masters course well in advance of this date to avoid delays with your combined CAS. 

6-week pre-sessional English applicants

Stage of application process Deadline

Apply for your pre-sessional English course after submitting your Masters application. Please include your English language certificate in your application.

6 June 2021 5pm (UK time)
If you apply without providing your English language certificate, you must send it to us by this date. 21 June 2021

If you wish to be issued a combined CAS for the pre-sessional and Masters, meet the academic conditions of your Masters course.

Or, provide us with a UKVI IELTS certificate and request a CAS for your pre-sessional English course only.

Your CAS will be issued in time for you to arrive in Leeds for your six-week pre-sessional English course.

4 July 2021

We strongly recommend providing your academic evidence to meet the academic condition of your Masters course well in advance of this date to avoid delays with your combined CAS. 

Accept your pre-sessional English and Masters course offers and pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500, or provide evidence which exempts you from paying the deposit.

Please refer to your Masters offer letter for further details about the tuition fee deposit.

Find out how to pay your tuition fee deposit.

11 July 2021

We strongly recommend accepting your offers and paying well in advance of this date to avoid delays with your combined CAS.

Important dates for research applicants

Stage of application process Deadline for 10-week pre-sessional English applicants Deadline for six-week pre-sessional English applicants
Apply for your pre-sessional English course 6 June 2021 5pm (UK time) 6 June 2021 5pm (UK time)
Submit your English language certificate 6 June 2021 4 July 2021
Accept your pre-sessional English course offer 13 June 2021 11 July 2021

Discipline-specific pre-sessional English courses

Read the following information about our discipline-specific pre-sessional English courses, including entry requirements, start dates and how to apply.

Pre-sessional English for your Masters course

Pre-sessional English for your research degree