Learning and teaching

We’ll challenge you to explore, question and discover, so you become an independent critical thinker. You’ll learn how to define problems and how to go about finding answers – skills highly valued by graduate employers.

Leeds is among the top 100 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2023

Teaching at Leeds is designed to be flexible, offering a blended approach of face-to-face and online learning, so you get the best of both worlds.

You’ll also learn by doing project work, laboratory and practical sessions or field work as part of your course, as well independent study.

Using the latest multimedia technology, your learning at Leeds will be interactive. Video and audio recordings of most of your lectures will be available for you to access through our Virtual Learning Environment, so you can go back over your course content where and when it suits you and at your own pace.

Research-based learning

Our globally recognised research feeds directly into your course and shapes what you learn at Leeds with the latest thinking. Learn about new discoveries and breakthroughs as they happen – sometimes even before they’ve been published. 

You’ll be taught by inspirational academics who are experts in their field and share your passion for your subject. Some may even have written textbooks and research articles you’ll use on your course. 

During your course you’ll have lots of opportunities to develop your own research skills and experience first-hand how knowledge is created through research projects and placements.

In your final year, you’ll carry out your own research project, so you can apply your research skills and make your own discoveries. 

Video transcript: undergraduate research with the University of Leeds

Broaden your studies

You’ll broaden your studies beyond your subject area through our interdisciplinary discovery themes as part of your course through your core and optional modules.

On most of our courses you can also choose discovery modules. So you could further develop your knowledge of your chosen subject, or choose something completely new and unrelated to your course. They’re a great way to tailor your study interests around your career aspirations, helping you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. 

Supporting your studies

We support you from the moment you arrive to help you adjust to studying a university. Regular meetings with your assigned personal tutor will help guide your academic, personal and professional development throughout your course.