Leeds Beckett University

Leeds - United Kingdom


Our history stretches back to the 1700's

Pre medieval – A stone coffin and stone slab discovered in Beckett Park drive, which are thought to be either Roman or Saxon.

1752 – The Grange is built on the modern day site of Headingley Campus, and remains the oldest building on the site.

1824 – Leeds Mechanics Institute is founded.

1845 – Leeds College of Commerce is founded.

1846 – Leeds College of Art is founded.

1868 – Leeds Mechanics Institute becomes the Leeds Institute of Science, Art, and Literature.

1874 – Yorkshire Training School of Cookery founded. (Renamed Yorkshire College of Education and Home Economics in 1966).

1883 – Oscar Wilde is invited to visit the Grange.

1907 – Winston Churchill, as guest of the Beckett family, stays at the Grange.

1907 – The City of Leeds Training College is founded.

1912 – The City of Leeds Training College moves to Beckett Park site.

1914 – On declaration of war the College is commandeered by the Army and commissioned as the 2nd Northern Hospital.

1933 – The Beckett Park campus is expanded with the creation of the Carnegie Physical Training College.

1968 – The Carnegie Physical Training College merges with the City of Leeds Training College (by then renamed the City of Leeds College of Education).

1970 – Leeds Polytechnic comes into existence, formed from the amalgamation of Leeds College of Technology, Leeds College of Commerce, part of Leeds College of Art, and Yorkshire College of Education and Home Economics.

1976 – Leeds Polytechnic is enlarged with the addition of James Graham College, the City of Leeds College of Education, and the Carnegie Physical Training College.

1989 – Leeds Polytechnic leaves the Leeds Local Education Authority (LEA), and becomes an independent Higher Education Corporation.

1992 – Leeds Polytechnic is re-designated as a university, under the title Leeds Metropolitan University, with power to confer its own degrees and other awards.

2005 – Beckett Park is renamed Headingley Campus.

2006 – Headingley Campus is extended beyond the confines of Beckett Park to include the Carnegie stand at the Headingley Carnegie Rugby Stadium, which is opened by sports minister Richard Caborne.

2009 – The iconic Rose Bowl is opened by the Duke of Kent.

2009 – The new home of the Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology, Broadcasting Place is opened.

2010 – Broadcasting Place is named the Best Tall Building in the World by the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

2010 – The Carnegie Pavilion is officially opened by celebrity chef James Martin.

2014 – The University became Leeds Beckett University.

Our Students

Our students come from over 100 countries around the world

Nine out of 10 (93.7%) of our graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating (source: HESA Performance Indicator 2012/13. Percentage of UK full-time First Degree students in work or further study six months after graduation)

Our National Student Survey (NSS) results have shown an increase in overall student satisfaction from 69% in 2009 to 83% in 2014.

We were 1st in the UK in a survey of international students for size of classes and assessment, and 1st in the UK and 4th in the world for personal tutors (out of 53 universities, source: International Student Barometer Autumn Wave 2013).

Famous alumni include Ricky Wilson from the Kaiser Chiefs, England Rugby Union head coach Stuart Lancaster, Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden from Rudimental and Alistair Brownlee MBE. 

Our Job Shop secured more than 70,000 hours of paid work for our students during 2013-14.

Our Achievements

We are one of only three universities to be awarded the RoSPA Gold Medal for Occupational Safety and Health in recognition of achieving five consecutive gold awards (March 2014).

We have over 2,900 staff

We are the first university in the UK to hold both Investors in People Gold (January 2014) and Customer Service Excellence (July 2013) for our whole institution.

We have three research institutes and 10 research centres.

Recent campus developments include a £1 million clinical skills suite and cutting edge biomedical sciences laboratories within our Faculty of Health & Social Sciences. We have also refurbished our library and resource spaces, and are currently redeveloping our flagship City Campus. 


We contribute an estimated £500 million to the local economy every year (source: Universities UK). 

Our University has helped to support more than 200 start-up businesses through our Business Start-up unit and QU2.


Accounting, Finance & Economics

Architecture & Landscape Design

Art & Design

Business & Management

Civil Engineering & Construction

Computing & Engineering

Creative Technologies


English Language Study

English Language Teaching

English, History & Media

Events & Entertainment Management

Film, Music & Performing Arts




Marketing, PR & Journalism

Politics & Global Ethics

Social Sciences & Psychology


Surveying & Planning

Tourism & Hospitality

English Requirements

The normal english language entry requirement is IELTS 6.0 with no skill below 5.5 


For International Student Scholarship please click a link:

Tution Fee

For detailed information please contact university.