Summer 2019 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 academic language and literacy practices 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 research students. 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 students 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

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements vary depending on which degree you will 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.

You don't need IELTS for UKVI before you apply or to be eligible for a combined CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies).

If you're not eligible for a combined CAS, you'll need to hold IELTS for UKVI so that we can issue a CAS for your pre-sessional course only. Please see below for more information. 

Research applicants

If you'll be studying a research degree, please email your research degree offer letter or your field of research to langc@leeds.ac.uk to discuss your eligibility.

How do I apply?

Apply via the application portal. Choose either:

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

You'll need to submit a complete application for this pre-sessional English course to be considered for a place. 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? 

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 research student, 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?

If you've met the academic conditions of your taught postgraduate Masters course, you'll receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that includes your pre-sessional English and your Masters courses (a combined CAS).

If you haven't met the academic conditions of your Masters course and you hold IELTS for UKVI, you'll receive a CAS for your pre-sessional English course only.

If you haven't met the academic conditions of your Masters course and you don't hold IELTS for UKVI, you'll receive a CAS if you do either of the below options by 7 June 2019:

  • meet the academic conditions of your Masters offer to receive a combined CAS, or 
  • provide us with an IELTS for UKVI certificate which meets the pre-sessional English entry requirement and contact the Language Centre via the applicant portal to request a CAS for your pre-sessional English course only. 
Please note, once you request a CAS for your pre-sessional English course only, you won't then be able to request a CAS for your pre-sessional and Masters courses even if you meet your academic conditions by the deadline.

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

If you've met the academic conditions of your taught postgraduate Masters course, you'll receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that includes your pre-sessional English and your Masters courses (a combined CAS).

If you haven't met the academic conditions of your Masters course, you'll receive a CAS if you do either of the below options by 5 July 2019:

  • meet the academic conditions of your Masters offer to receive a combined CAS, or 
  • hold an IELTS for UKVI certificate which meets the pre-sessional English entry requirement and contact the Language Centre via the applicant portal to request a CAS for your pre-sessional English course only. 
Please note, once you request a CAS for your pre-sessional English course only, you won't then be able to request a 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?

If you're waiting for your research degree offer or your offer has academic or English language conditions, you'll need to provide IELTS for UKVI to be eligible for a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for your pre-sessional English course only.

If you've received an unconditional offer for your research degree at the University of Leeds, you may be eligible for a CAS that includes your pre-sessional English course and your research degree. We'll advise you if you're eligible. If you have any questions, email langc@leeds.ac.uk

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.

Include your English language certificate in your application. We recommend IELTS for UKVI.

Deadline passed

If you don't hold IELTS for UKVI, meet the academic conditions of your Masters course

or

Provide us with an IELTS for UKVI certificate and request a CAS for your pre-sessional course only. 

Deadline passed

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.

Deadline passed
Six week pre-sessional English applicants
Deadline

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

Include your English language certificate in your application. We recommend IELTS for UKVI.

Deadline passed

Meet the academic conditions of your Masters course

or

Provide us with an IELTS for UKVI certificate and request a CAS for your pre-sessional course only. 

Deadline passed

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.

Deadline passed

Important dates for research applicants 


Deadline for 10 week pre-sessional English applicants Deadline for 6 week pre-sessional English applicants 

Apply for your pre-sessional English course.

Include your IELTS for UKVI certificate in your application.

 Deadline passed  Deadline passed


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:

6 week course: