Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy - School of Healthcare 2023-24

This policy is for you if your chosen degree has a September 2023 start date.

You must also read the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, as both policies apply.

If your degree starts in the 2022-23 academic year, read the School of Healthcare Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy 2022-23.

This policy is reviewed annually by the faculty’s committees, and any amendments made after the point of publication are summarised in the Version control section.

This policy applies to the following courses, which are all offered part-time only:

Postgraduate Certificate 

  • PGC in Clinical Assessment

Postgraduate Diploma

  • PGD Pharmacy Practice


  • MA Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Apprenticeship)
  • MSc Pharmacy Practice

Masters modules 

  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives
  • Independent Prescribing for Pharmacists
  • Independent and Supplementary Prescribing for Allied Health
  • Professional ECG Interpretation

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Please see the School of Healthcare Masters webpages for the course list, typical entry requirements, and accepted alternative qualifications.

Exceptions to the typical academic requirements may be made when an applicant demonstrates significant relevant experience and their potential for benefiting from the course is clear.

Documentation and references

Please visit the corresponding section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy.

Advanced entry

Any decision on credit transfer or entry of students with advanced standing is an academic decision taken within the academic school at the point of admission on to a course. Applicants are advised to discuss this at their interview with the Programme Manager. Retrospective applications from students who are part-way through a course will not normally be considered.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Accredited prior learning (APL) is a process undertaken by the University to assess and, as appropriate, recognise prior experiential learning or prior certificated learning for academic purposes. For further information see the Advanced entry section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy.

Application process

Application routes and deadlines

Applicants for taught postgraduate courses should apply online via the applicant portal. If an application deadline is in place, this will be stated on Course Search and the completed application must be submitted by this date.

Applicants for standalone Masters modules should email the healthcare admissions team via admissions@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk for an application form.

Age and safeguarding

In addition to the information in the corresponding section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, please note that all School of Healthcare programmes require that an applicant is over the age of 18 at the start of the programme.

Criminal convictions

Some courses in the School of Healthcare (as indicated on Course Search) may involve regular access to children and/or vulnerable adults. As a result, applicants to these courses will be required to declare a criminal conviction at the application stage in order that certain checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) can be undertaken. Admission may not be possible where satisfactory results are not achieved. The University will send further instructions as part of the admissions process where such checks are required.

The School of Healthcare is obliged to refuse admission to applicants for certain courses which are regulated by national or statutory bodies where enhanced DBS checks reveal prior criminal behaviour giving rise to concern for the protection of the public.

It should be noted that, where an applicant or offer-holder is required to disclose a criminal offence, failure to do this will generally be considered a very serious matter and is likely to lead to their application being rejected, their offer being withdrawn or, if they have registered as a student, their registration at the University being revoked. Having a prior criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from joining the University; this may depend, for example, on the nature, timing and relevance of the criminal offence in question. The University may request further information about the nature or context of an applicant or offer-holder’s criminal record.

Read more about the University's criminal convictions policy.

Reapplications and former students of the University

The School of Healthcare will consider applications from those who have previously applied to the institution. The School of Healthcare considers applications from candidates who have previously studied at the institution in line with the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy. Where appropriate, such candidates may be able to apply for advanced entry (see the Advanced entry section).

Applicant assessment

Academic grades normally form only one part of the final decision and the following sections give examples of how applicants may demonstrate that they have the skills, knowledge and attributes that we consider will enable them to become successful students on our degree courses.

Applicants are shortlisted against agreed criteria and they must meet the academic entry requirement for the programme at application or within the admission cycle. The School of Healthcare will only shortlist based on the information supplied at the time of submission. 

Please note that the application forms of those who are unsuccessful in gaining a place on their chosen course may be passed to admissions teams for other courses in which the applicant may be interested.

Personal statements

The personal statement of the application form helps us to assess the nature of the applicant’s interest in the academic subject and is an important part of the selection process. It is essential that applicants take this opportunity to demonstrate their enthusiasm and aptitude for the academic subject.

We wish to hear about:

  • Why you have chosen this specific profession and what led you to this decision. This is an essential aspect of the personal statement that demonstrates motivation, insight and understanding of your chosen course. State clearly which course you are applying for.
  • A summary of work-related skills gained through study, work experience, volunteering or paid employment demonstrating the experiences you have that could be transferable to your chosen career (specific communication skills, time management, problem solving etc).
  • An understanding of and an ability to appreciate the needs of others and evidence of demonstrating care and compassion.
  • How your experiences so far will help you to be successful both as a student and in your chosen career. This needs to be written reflectively.


Applicants to some of our programmes will be required to attend an interview.

The School of Healthcare will conduct interviews virtually for the majority of applicants, using either Zoom or Teams. In some cases, legal or regulatory requirements may mean this option is not available. Virtual interviews follow the same principles and guidance as face-to-face interviews.

Depending on the programme, the School of Healthcare conducts either an individual face-to-face or a small group interview. This provides a method of assessing knowledge and understanding and important personal qualities that are essential for our professional programmes of study.

We need to take into account professionally relevant legal/regulatory requirement stipulations (as set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council) which ensure that our approach to interviewing is consistent with values-based recruitment initiatives.

Interviews are scheduled as flexibly as possible to enable applicants to attend. This includes, where possible, providing adequate notice (usually at least two weeks) or sharing dates for group workshops and interview days on the website in advance, and offering applicants an alternative interview date, if requested.

A revised interview date may not be offered if the applicant fails to attend an interview without informing the University in advance.

Some applicants, such as those who are disabled or those who are pregnant, may require adjustments to their interview to provide them with full and equal access to the process. Once a candidate has formally informed the School of Healthcare, we are responsible for making reasonable adjustments where possible. Email the University’s Disability Services team via disability@leeds.ac.uk for further advice or information regarding disability-related adjustments. Email the Equality and Inclusion Unit via equality@leeds.ac.uk for advice on other adjustments.

Other assessment methods

Relevant voluntary or work experience may be taken into account when an application is assessed.

Some applicants may be requested to provide a piece of written work as part of the admissions process. Details of this requirement are stated on Course Search.

Decisions and communications with applicants

Please refer to the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy for information on how decisions will be communicated by the University.

Unsuccessful applicants who wish to request feedback on the reason for the outcome of their application should do so in line with the Feedback section of the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, using the relevant email address contact in the Useful contacts and resources section of this page. Generally, where applicants request feedback on why they have not been admitted, feedback will be given. However, please note that initial feedback is given as standard to all unsuccessful candidates who apply via the applicant portal.

Appeals and complaints

As per the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy, applicants who have sought feedback and wish to challenge the decision made on their application should contact the Head of School, whose details can be found in the Useful contacts and resources section of this page.

Useful contacts and resources

For general enquiries and information relating to courses and admission to the University of Leeds, applicants should contact the Admissions Enquiries team:

Email the Admissions Enquiries team via study@leeds.ac.uk
Visit the University of Leeds Masters website.

Admissions enquiries specific to the School of Healthcare, including requests for feedback, should be directed as follows: 

Email the School of Healthcare admissions team via admissions@healthcare.leeds.ac.uk

For all Faculty of Medicine and Health admissions complaints and appeals, please contact the Head of School, Angela Graves.

Email Angela Graves via a.graves@leeds.ac.uk

Version control 

Page published: 10 November 2022
Page last updated: 10 November 2022

Details of any amendments since first published: