Entry Requirements

To be considered for entry onto our postgraduate research programmes candidates should meet the entry requirements outlined below. If you have any queries please see our frequently asked questions or contact the Graduate School at phd@lubs.leeds.ac.uk

PhD

Candidates should hold a British Masters degree (or equivalent degree from an overseas university) or an equivalent professional qualification:

  • with a minimum average score of 60 percent (or equivalent); and
  • in an appropriate academic discipline.

You should also meet our English language requirements (detailed below).

MA by Research

Candidates with a good Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification (for UK students this is usually an upper second or first class honours degree) can apply for the MA by Research.

You should also meet our English language requirement (detailed below).

English language requirements

On all research degree programmes a pass in an approved test in English is required for applicants whose first language is not English. The approved tests and minimum required scores are detailed below. Please note that test scores are valid for 2 years.

  • IELTS. Scores of at least 6.0 or more in each section and an overall score of 7.0 are required. 
  • TOEFL. Scores of at least 600 overall and 5.0 in the Test of Written English are required.
  • TOEFL iBT. We require an overall test result of 100 with the following minimum scores required in each of these sections: Listening 21, Reading 21, Speaking 23, Writing 22. 

For split-site students, the following English Language requirements apply:

  • IELTS. Scores of at least 6.5 or more in each section and an overall score of 7.0 are required. 
  • TOEFL. Scores of at least 600 overall and 5.0 in the Test of Written English are required. 
  • TOEFL iBT. We require an overall test result of 100 with the following minimum scores required in each of these sections: Listening 22, Reading 22, Speaking 24, Writing 23.

Improve your English at Leeds

Pre-sessional English Language Courses

Students using the language centre facilities

The University of Leeds Language Centre offers an Academic English for Business Management (AEBM) pre-sessional course. The course is designed to help students develop the necessary English language and academic study skills required for postgraduate degrees at the Business School.

Courses are offered throughout the year with start dates in January, April, July or August.

If your English language score is lower than the above entry requirements, you may be given a conditional offer based on successful completion of the AEBM pre-sessional course. The number of weeks required to study will depend on your current IELTS score.

Please contact the University of Leeds Language Centre to find out more and view entry requirements.