Learning and teaching

Research is at the heart of your learning and feeds directly into our taught courses. This means you’ll benefit from the latest knowledge and thinking in your subject area. 

Inspirational teaching

You’ll be taught by academics who are leaders in their field and are as passionate about your subject as you are. They’ll challenge you and encourage you to explore, question and discover.

We’re 82nd in the QS World University Rankings 2025.

Studying for a Masters course will help you prepare for or boost your career. You’ll develop transferable skills like critical thinking and analysis. It can also provide you with an excellent grounding for a research degree.

Research based learning

We’re one of the largest research-based institutions in the UK providing a stimulating and exciting learning environment. Our research expertise means we deliver teaching that’s informed by the latest discoveries, allowing you to deepen your understanding of your subject area. Extensive research funding means we can invest in the best facilities and staff, to give you an inspiring learning environment.

Video transcript: Masters research at the University of Leeds

We’re a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities, and a member of the Worldwide Universities Network, a partnership of universities working together to drive international research collaboration and address issues of global significance.

Our research tackles big issues – from using microbubbles to fight cancer to developing self-repairing cities at our national robotics centre – this expertise feeds into your teaching. You can make an impact through your own research and develop advanced research skills to shape your own research project.

The 2021 Research Excellence Framework It rated 90% of our submitted research as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

An industry-relevant education

Many of our academic staff are also consultants and practitioners in their disciplines. This means our courses reflect the needs of business and industry.

One of the ways we do this is through industry consultation through Industrial Advisory Boards. They provide an employer’s focus on our courses, making sure they’re always up-to-date and relevant to industry.

Work placements are part of some of our courses and a good way to develop professional skills in industry. If you have a business idea or want to develop entrepreneurial skills, there are a number of enterprise opportunities.

How you will learn

Alongside lectures, seminars and tutorials, you’ll explore your subject through private study and independent projects, laboratory practicals or fieldwork, depending on your course.

We’ve invested in digital technology to improve and support your learning experience. Use our digitally-enhanced teaching spaces to interact with your lecturers and work with your fellow students.

Access video and audio recordings of some of your lectures to support your independent learning. You can also study some courses with us through online and distance learning. Check our course information to see if your course has flexible study options. All our courses offer the same high standards of teaching and research-driven knowledge.