Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy - School of Psychology 2021-22

This policy is for you if your chosen degree has a September 2021 start date.

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

If your degree starts in the 2020-21 academic year, read the School of Psychology Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy 2020-21.

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:

  • MSc Cognitive Development and Disorders
  • MSc Psychological Approaches to Health

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Please see the School of Psychology webpages for the course list, typical entry requirements, and accepted 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. Applicants without a degree in psychology but who have relevant voluntary or work experience may be considered for entry to the courses, for example those working in a healthcare setting. However, the minimum requirement of an upper second class undergraduate degree still applies.

Documentation and references

Advanced entry

The School of Psychology does not accept applications from those who are seeking advanced entry on postgraduate courses. All applications must be made for the full programme of study.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Accredited Prior Learning (APL) is a process undertaken by the University in order 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

All applicants should apply online. If an application deadline is in place, this will be stated on Coursefinder and the completed application must be submitted by this date.

Part-time study

The School of Psychology does not offer courses on a part-time basis.

Re-applications and former students of the University

The School of Psychology will consider applications from those who have previously applied to the institution.

The School of Psychology considers applications from candidates who have previously studied at the institution in line with the University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy.

Deferral requests

Applicants who wish to defer an offer of a place to the following academic year should make the request via the Applicant Portal by 1 April 2022.

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.

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. An applicant may be assessed based on the strength of their statement relative to others in their cohort, and/or based on criteria set by the academic school.


Interviews do not form part of the School of Psychology’s standard admissions process however, in some cases, an applicant may be invited for an interview if it will help inform whether or not an offer should be made.

If invited to interview, the applicant will receive an email invitation from the school to attend an interview on a specific date.

Interview methods may vary depending on the circumstances and/or geographical location of the applicant. For example, interviews may take place on a one to one basis or via Skype, video conferencing or telephone.

Where possible the School of Psychology will accommodate requests for alternative interview dates, however an alternative cannot be guaranteed.

Other assessment methods

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

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 above policy, using the relevant email address contact in the Useful contacts and resources section below.

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 Faculty Admissions Manager, whose details can be found in the Useful contacts and resources section below.

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:

Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 2336
Email: study@leeds.ac.uk
Web: www.leeds.ac.uk/masters

Admissions enquiries specific to the School of Psychology Taught Postgraduate courses, contact the School's Admissions Team:

Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 7200
Email: psyc-admissions@leeds.ac.uk

For all School of Psychology admissions complaints and appeals please contact the Faculty Admissions Manager, Sarah Whiteley:

Phone: +44 (0) 113 343 3587
Email: s.l.whiteley@adm.leeds.ac.uk

Version Control

Page published: 14 December 2020
Page last updated: 14 December 2020

Details of any amendments since first published: