Summer 2020 entry

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:

  • Academic IELTS
  • Pearson
  • TOEFL iBT

Check IELTS equivalencies for TOEFL iBT and Pearson tests

You don't need an IELTS for UKVI certificate to apply for a pre-sessional course, but it will affect what type of CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) you're eligible to receive. More information about the CAS is below.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements vary depending on which degree you'll be studying after your pre-sessional English course.

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.

Research applicants
If you'll be studying a research degree, you can find the entry requirements on our pre-sessional course page.

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 

You'll need to submit a complete application before the deadline to be considered for a place. Deadlines to apply are below. If you experience any difficulties, please email the Admissions Enquiries team.

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.

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.

Do I need to pay a tuition fee deposit?

Masters applicants
If you need a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK and you've applied for this pre-sessional English course to prepare for a taught postgraduate degree, you'll need to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500 before we issue your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). We'll send you information on how to pay once you accept your unconditional offer.

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

Any payments you make will be detailed in your CAS when it's issued. As your CAS is a live electronic document, any additional payments you make before you apply for a visa will be updated on your CAS so visa officials will see that you have made further payments.

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.

For further information, please visit our tuition fee deposits page.

Please refer to the deadlines below to see when you need to pay your tuition fee deposit.

Research applicants
If you'll be a postgraduate researcher, you won't need to pay a tuition fee deposit.  

I'm a Masters applicant applying for a 10 week pre-sessional course. What type of CAS will I receive?

I have met the academic conditions of my Masters course
You'll receive a combined CAS (A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies that includes your pre-sessional English and your Masters course).

I haven't met the academic conditions of my Masters course yet and I hold IELTS for UKVI
If you hold IELTS for UKVI, you'll receive a pre-sessional only CAS. If you meet your academic conditions by 7 June 2020, you can request a combined CAS via the application portal. 

I haven't met the academic conditions of my Masters course yet and I don't hold IELTS for UKVI
If you don't hold IELTS for UKVI, you'll need to meet the academic conditions of your Masters course by 7 June 2020 to receive a combined CAS
or
Provide a valid IELTS for UKVI certificate and request a pre-sessional only CAS via the application portal by 7 June 2020.

If you do neither of these, your pre-sessional English course offer will be withdrawn.

I'm a Masters applicant applying for a six week pre-sessional course. What type of CAS will I receive?

I have met the academic conditions of my Masters course
You'll receive a combined CAS (A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies that includes your pre-sessional English and your Masters course).

I haven't met the academic conditions of my Masters course yet
If you meet the academic conditions of your Masters offer by 5 July 2020, you'll receive a combined CAS.

If you can't meet the academic conditions of your Masters offer by 5 July 2020, you'll need to provide a valid IELTS for UKVI certificate and request a pre-sessional only CAS via the application portal by the deadline below.

Please note, once you request a CAS for your pre-sessional English course only, you won't then be able to request a combined CAS for your pre-sessional and Masters courses even if you meet your academic conditions by the deadline.

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

I hold an unconditional offer for a research degree at the University of Leeds
You'll receive a combined CAS (A Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies that includes your pre-sessional English and your research degree).

I hold a conditional research degree offer/ I haven't received my research degree offer yet
If you hold an IELTS for UKVI certificate, you'll receive a pre-sessional only CAS.

If you don't hold IELTS for UKVI you won't receive a CAS and won't be eligible to study our pre-sessional course on a Tier 4 visa. You'll need an alternative visa to study on our course. 

Important dates for Masters applicants

10 week pre-sessional English applicants
Deadline

Apply for your pre-sessional English course after receiving an offer for your Masters.

Friday 1 May 2020, 5pm (UK time)

Provide your English language qualification (IELTS for UKVI to request a CAS for your pre-sessional course only). If you wish to be issued a combined offer, meet the academic conditions of your Masters course.

Sunday 7 June 2020

Accept your pre-sessional English and Masters course offers and pay your pre-sessional English tuition fee deposit or send us evidence which exempts you from paying the deposit.

How to pay.

Please don't book flights or pay accommodation fees in full until you have your visa.

Sunday 14 June 2020
Six week pre-sessional English applicants
Deadline

Apply for your pre-sessional English course after receiving an offer for your Masters.

Friday 29 May 2020, 5pm (UK time)

Provide your English language qualification (IELTS for UKVI to request a CAS for your pre-sessional course only). If you wish to be issued a combined offer, meet the academic conditions of your Masters course.

Sunday 5 July 2020

Accept your pre-sessional English and Masters course offers and pay your pre-sessional English tuition fee deposit or send us evidence which exempts you from paying the deposit.

How to pay.

Please don't book flights or pay accommodation fees in full until you have your visa.

Sunday 12 July 2020

Important dates for research applicants 


Deadline for 10 week pre-sessional English applicants Deadline for six week pre-sessional English applicants 

Apply for your pre-sessional English course.

Friday 1 May 2020, 5pm (UK time)
Friday 29 May 2020, 5pm (UK time)
Submit your English language certificate. We recommend IELTS for UKVI. Sunday 7 June 2020 Sunday 5 July 2020


Read more about our discipline-specific pre-sessional English courses, including entry requirements, start dates and how to apply below:

Pre-sessional English for your Masters course

Pre-sessional English for your research degree 

10 week courses:

Six week course: