Entry requirements

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.

The following are the minimum requirements for each level of study. Some of our courses have higher English language requirements; check your course page via Coursefinder for more information. 

Language Centre

If you don't meet these requirements, you could study a pre-sessional undergraduate English or pre-sessional postgraduate English course 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) Academic or IELTS for UKVI (United Kingdom Visas and Immigration) (Academic) 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. We do not accept IELTS Indicator.
  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test) at 87 overall with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing. Please note that we do not accept TOEFL MyBest scores and we expect 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. We do not accept the TOEFL Paper-delivered Test.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic or PTE Academic UKVI at 60 overall with no less than 59 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 at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any component. Please note that although we accept this test we do not deliver or administer it.
  • LanguageCert International ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) B2 Communicator (either the online or test centre test) with a minimum of 36 in each of speaking, listening, reading and writing. 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.
  • LanguageCert International ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) SELT (Secure English Language Test) B2 Communicator with a minimum of 36 in each of speaking, listening, reading and writing. 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.
  • A suitable Cambridge English qualification with at least 169 overall and no less than 162 in any component. B2 First is the most relevant to these scores but we also accept C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency.
  • Trinity College London ISE (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.
  • NCUK English Language Test at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 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.
  • GCSE English Language or IGCSE English as a First or Second Language at C/4. GCSE English Literature may be considered in certain circumstances for some courses.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for September 2022 entry 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, which you can find among our admissions qualifications

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for September 2022 entry departments may accept one of the following at-home tests if your local test centres are closed. Please contact your admissions team before booking to take one of these tests or if you are unsure which to take. The following tests may be accepted:

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition at 87 overall with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing.
  • Password Skills Solo at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any component. Please note that although we accept this test we do not deliver or administer it.

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

Masters degrees

Minimum qualifications include:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic or IELTS for UKVI (United Kingdom Visas and Immigration) (Academic) at 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 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. We do not accept IELTS Indicator.
  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test) at 92 overall with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing. Please note that we do not accept TOEFL MyBest scores and we expect 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. We do not accept the TOEFL Paper-delivered test. 
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic or PTE Academic UKVI 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 at 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any component. Please note that although we accept this test we do not deliver or administer it.
  • LanguageCert International ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) B2 Communicator (either the online or test centre test) with a minimum of 39 in each of speaking, listening, reading and writing. If the course asks for an equivalent of IELTS 7.0, the C1 Expert is required, with a minimum of 33 in each of speaking, listening, reading and writing. 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.
  • LanguageCert International ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) SELT (Secure English Language Test) B2 Communicator (either the online or test centre test) with a minimum of 39 in each of speaking, listening, reading and writing. If the course asks for an equivalent of IELTS 7.0, the C1 Expert is required, with a minimum of 33 in each of speaking, listening, reading and writing. 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.
  • A suitable Cambridge English qualification with at least 176 overall and no less than 169 in any component. B2 First and C1 Advanced are most relevant to these scores but we also accept C2 Proficiency.
  • Trinity College London ISE (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.
  • NCUK English Language Test at 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 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.
  • GCSE English Language or IGCSE English as a First or Second Language at C/4. GCSE English Literature may be considered in certain circumstances for some courses.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for September 2022 entry 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 Masters 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, which you can find among our admissions qualifications

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for September 2022 entry departments may accept one of the following at-home tests if your local test centres are closed. Please contact your admissions team before booking to take one of these tests or if you are unsure which to take. The following tests may be accepted:

  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition at 92 overall with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing.
  • Password Skills Solo at 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any component. Please note that although we accept this test we do not deliver or administer it.

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

Research degrees

Minimum qualifications include:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic 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) at 87 overall with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing. Please note that 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 (Pearson Test of English) Academic at 60 overall with no less than 59 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.
  • CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced), or C1 Advanced, at C/169 overall with no less than 162 in any component.
  • Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English), or C2 Proficiency, at C/169 overall with no less than 162 in any component.
  • Trinity College London ISE (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 or IGCSE English as a First or Second Language at C/4. GCSE English Literature may be considered in certain circumstances for some courses.
  • We might also accept an English language qualification from your country, which you can find among our admissions qualifications

Some of our courses have higher requirements, check your course page via Coursefinder 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.

Study Abroad and exchange programmes

You are expected to meet the same minimum language requirements as for an undergraduate degree. Visit our Study Abroad language requirements page to check if you will need to meet a higher requirement.