“You won’t only be learning how to improve English, it’s about your self-development, and it will prepare you to do your best in your Masters.”
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.
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
Frequently asked questions
Which English language certificates do we accept?
We accept the following certificates:
- Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
- Pearson PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic
- TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test)
- Cambridge Advanced English
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency
- iGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) English as a first or second language
What are the entry requirements?
Entry requirements vary depending on which degree you'll be studying after your pre-sessional English course.
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 applicantsIf you'll be studying a research degree, you can find the entry requirements on our pre-sessional course page.
How do I apply?
My postgraduate course offer is unconditional. Can I apply for this pre-sessional course?
I'm eligible for the six week pre-sessional course. Can I apply for the 10 week course?
When will I receive a response to my application?
During peak times, it may take us longer to respond to your application.
Masters applicantsWe'll review your pre-sessional English application after you've received a decision on your
Research applicantsWe'll respond to your pre-sessional application after we receive it.
What's included in the tuition fees?
- high quality teaching delivered by University of Leeds language tutors
- dedicated time with your tutor each week
- all learning materials and software needed for the course
- access to language learning resources through our Language Zone
- access to University library resources
- academic skills support services
- wellbeing and support services
Do I need to pay a tuition fee deposit?
We are 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
If you don't attend your pre-sessional English course, any payments you've made will automatically be allocated to your
How long will this pre-sessional course be valid for?
This pre-sessional course is valid for two years from the date of completion.
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
Language for Arts and Humanities six weekcourse and Language for Arts and Humanities 10 weekcourse. Language for Business Management and Enterprise six weekcourse and Language for Business Management and Enterprise 10 weekcourse. Language for Communication and Society six weekcourse and Language for Communication and Society 10 weekcourse. Language for Economics and Finance six weekcourse and Language for Economics and Finance 10 weekcourse. Language for Education six weekcourse and Language for Education 10 weekcourse. Language for Engineering six weekcourse and Language for Engineering 10 weekcourse Language for Human Resource Management six weekcourse and Language for Human Resource Management 10 weekcourse. Language for Law six weekcourse and Language for Law 10 weekcourse. Language for Marketing six weekcourse and Language for Marketing 10 weekcourse. Language for Politics and Society six weekcourse and Language for Politics and Society 10 weekcourse. Language for Science six weekcourse and Language for Science 10 weekcourse.
Pre-sessional English for your research degree
10 week courses:
- Language for Business: Postgraduate Research
- Language for Science: Postgraduate Research (includes technology, engineering and mathematics)
- Language for Social Science and Arts: Postgraduate Research
Six week course: