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University of Leeds

Leeds - United Kingdom

Overview

The University of Leeds was founded in 1904, but its origins go back to t­he nineteenth century with the founding of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1831 and then the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874.

In 1831 a group of young m­en established the Leeds School ­of Medicine which meant that medical students no longer had to go to Scotland, London or overseas to stu­dy.

The Yorkshire College of Science was found­ed around 40 years later largely as a result of concerns by the wool and textile industries that the rapid development of new technologies in Europe posed a threat to the local cloth trade.

Access for all

For the sons of local families, it was one of the first colleges for students of all faiths and backgrounds. The College supported the values of the recently established University College, London and Owens College in Manchester. These had been set up to challenge the exclusivity of Oxford and Cambridge universities, which were predominantly for the Anglican aristocracy and gentry.

By contrast, this new generation of learning institutions welcomed all religions, including Dissenters, Catholics, Jews and agnostics. In addition, they placed particular emphasis on meeting the technological demands of the fast-changing Victorian era. From the outset, the College, particularly, put its full weight behind scientific studies.

After a few years, classics, modern literature and history were added to the science subjects being offered and the Yorkshire College of Science became simply the Yorkshire College.

In 1884, the College combined with the School of Medicine and three years later the two Leeds-based institutions joined forces with Owens College Manchester, and University College Liverpool, to become the federal Victoria University.

The University of Leeds

It wasn't long, however, before each of the cities started to consider the benefits of forming their own universities. After Manchester and Liverpool had taken the decision to establish universities, Leeds also took the leap and in 1904, King Edward VII granted the University its own Charter as an independent institution.

Growing reputation and numbers

Within three or four years the number of students began to increase rapidly and changes to state education meant that students were arriving with a better educational foundation. The ten years to the outbreak of war in 1914 were ones of growth and consolidation. Most importantly, the new University started to develop a strong tradition of research.

Unlike Owens College Manchester, the Yorkshire College had always permitted women as students. However, they did not enrol in significant numbers until special facilities were provided at the Day Training College in 1896. The first women graduated from the University of Leeds in 1905.

At the time that the Yorkshire College received its Royal Charter, seven out of eight students came from Yorkshire. Now, the University of Leeds not only welcomes students from all over the United Kingdom, its reputation worldwide makes it a truly multi-cultural and international institution with students and staff from over 100 countries studying and working on campus.


Faculties

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Business

Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Faculty of Engineering (includes the School of Computing)

Faculty of Environment

Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

Faculty of Medicine and Health

Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications


English Requirements

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each component skill
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of 87 (with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing)
  • Pearson (Academic) of 60 overall with no less than 56 in any component
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) grade C or above

Scholarships

The University offers a wide range of scholarships for international students, from partial fee awards to full scholarships covering fees, maintenance grants and other allowances.

Below are our scholarships for international undergraduate students (overseas fee rated), starting a degree in September 2014.

The International  Undergraduate Science and Engineering Scholarship

How much is it worth? £2,000 per year (with a maximum of £8,000) subject to satisfactory progression.
Who is eligible? Any overseas fee paying applicants who have been offered a place on an undergraduate degree programme.
Eligible courses 

All of the science rated undergraduate courses (courses with international fees of £16,500 a year) – courses in the following schools and faculties:
Biological Sciences
Computing
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Environment
Food Science and Nutrition
Mechanical Engineering
Physics and Astronomy
Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering
Psychology

Application deadline No application necessary - automatic to those meeting the criteria
Terms and conditions

Applicants must be self-funding, new to the University of Leeds, enter onto level 1 and classified as international for tuition fee purposes and not be in receipt of any other University of Leeds award.
Students must achieve a yearly attainment percentage of 60%. The scholarship will be withheld in a year where a student fails to achieve 60%, but will be reinstated the following year if the student's performance recovers to 60% or over.
Self-funding students who successfully complete the International Foundation Year (IFY) at Leeds will also be eligible for this bursary.

The Excellence in Mathematics Scholarships

How much is it worth? £3,000 one-off payment.
Who is eligible? Overseas rated fee paying students with outstanding qualifications.
Eligible courses  All of the single honours mathematics degree, including:
BSc Mathematics (G100)
BSc Mathematics with Finance (G1N3)
BSc Actuarial Mathematics (NG31)
BSc Mathematical Studies (G150)
BSc Mathematics and Statistics (GG13)
Application deadline No application necessary, automatic consideration of all offer holders.
Terms and conditions See the School of Mathematics website for more information.

The Business School International Scholarship

How much is it worth? Up to £7,500 in total. £2,500 a year towards tuition fees, subject to satisfactory progression.
Who is eligible? Overseas fee paying students who demonstrate achievement. For information on the criteria visit the Business School website
Eligible courses  All Business School undergraduate degree courses
Application deadline Complete an aspirations questionnaire via our Offer Holders Portal after you have received an offer
Terms and conditions See the Business School website for more information

The Business School International Schools Excellence Scholarship

How much is it worth? Up to £7,500 in total. £2,500 a year towards tuition fees, subject to satisfactory progression.
Who is eligible?
  • Applicants who are progressing from Bellerbys College (London, Oxford, Hove, Cambridge) – two scholarships
  • Applicants who are either completing the Warwick HEFP at Stratford Upon Avon College or the Stratford Upon Avon College IFP – two scholarships
Eligible courses  All Business School undergraduate degree courses 
Application deadline No application necessary, automatic consideration of all offer holders.
Terms and conditions See the Business School website for more information

The Leeds University Business School Approved Pathway Scholarship

How much is it worth? Up to £7,500 in total. £2,500 a year towards tuition fees, subject to satisfactory progression.
Who is eligible Overseas fee rated students from Northern Consortium UK (NCUK) 
There are six scholarships for International Foundation Year (IFY) students. The minimum requirements are a B in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and AAA in the remaining subjects. 
There are also four scholarships for those studying for the International Diploma. The minimum requirements are a B in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and plus 75% overall
For full information on the criteria visit the Business School website
Eligible courses  All of the single honours Business School undergraduate degree courses
Application deadline No application necessary, automatic consideration of all offer holders.
Terms and conditions See the Business School website for more information

The Leeds University Business School International Foundation Year Scholarship

How much is it worth? Up to £7,500 in total. £2,500 a year towards tuition fees, subject to satisfactory progression.
Who is eligible? Overseas fee rated students on the University of Leeds International Foundation Year (IFY)
To be considered you must achieve a minimum overall average of at least 75% on the Leeds IFY with no single module below a grade B
For full information on the criteria visit the Business School website
Eligible courses  All of the single honours Business School undergraduate degree courses
Application deadline No application necessary, automatic consideration of all offer holders.
Terms and conditions See the Business School website for more information

Please note: School of Law 2014 scholarships are in the process of being confirmed, the details below are for 2013 entry and will be updated shortly.

The School of Law International Undergraduate Entrance Scholarships

How much is it worth? £1,500 one-off payment
Who is eligible? Overseas fee paying students from specific countries. For information on the criteria visit the School of Law website
Eligible courses  All of the single honours law school undergraduate degree courses
Application deadline No application necessary, automatic consideration of those meeting the criteria
Terms and conditions See the School of Law website for more information

The School of Law International Undergraduate Merit Scholarships

How much is it worth? Up to £3,000
Who is eligible? Overseas fee paying students in years 2 and 3 of their undergraduate programme who achieve the required level in their previous year’s study. For information on the criteria visit the School of Law website
Eligible courses  All of the single honours law school undergraduate degree courses
Application deadline No application necessary, automatic consideration of those meeting the criteria
Terms and conditions See the School of Law website for more information

Tution Fee

Undergraduate fees 

Below is a table showing the minimum fees for students starting in 2014 by broad subject areas. These are only a guide. You should contact the department of your chosen subject (which you can search for in our coursefinder) for the actual fees, as some courses have higher or lower fees than the minimum fee. 

International Foundation Year £12,600
School or faculty Undergraduate fee
Arts / Humanities / Social sciences / Law / Education / Mathematics £12,900
Business (single honours)* £13,500
Studio-based Arts and combined laboratory and classroom-based courses £14,800**
Science/ Engineering (inc Medicine and Psychology) £16,500**

* Except BSc Accounting and Finance, which is £15,000.

** Geography/Geology/Environmental Science/Meteorology related - BA courses in the Faculty of Environment are classed as combined with £14,800 fees; BSc courses are classed as science-based with fees of £16,500.

Fees quoted are based on full-time study and apply for each year of the course. 

The MBChB Medicine and BChD Dentistry fees for international students for 2014/15 are as follows:

Undergraduate Clinical Medicine (Years 1-2) £20,000
Undergraduate Clinical Medicine (Years 3 to 5) £29,950**
Undergraduate Clinical Dentistry (Year 1) £18,450
Undergraduate Clinical Dentistry (Years 2 to 5) £30,700**

**Later years' fees are for guidance only as they are reset every year. The fees above are for those starting in Year 2 or 3 in 2014/15.