Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

International Postgraduates

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Our postgraduate taught programmes have a clear international orientation in their approach, appealing to the interests and career development paths of international students. We have a large taught postgraduate and research postgraduate international community coming from a wide range of countries, which gives you the opportunity to meet people with a diverse range of backgrounds and experience during your studies.

Life in Leeds

With a vibrant international community, a fantastic students' union, the best International Office in the Russell Group for student support and guaranteed accommodation you are sure to love your time in Leeds. Discover more about living in Leeds.

Studying Law in Leeds

Learning, teaching and assessment styles and practices can vary greatly from one country to another. At Leeds we have various systems in place for international students including language support and special tutorials for essay writing. You will also benefit from our small group teaching on our modules.  Find out more about Studying Law in Leeds.

Meet us

We have offices in some countries where our advisors are always happy to help. In addition we have certain approved agents and our UK-based staff regularly visit education fairs and schools or universities all over the world.

Alternatively, if you are planning to visit the UK, find out more about our open days.

The Student View

To really get a feel for studying and living in Leeds, take a look at some of our student profiles.

You will be taught by leading academics with established international reputations and standing in their fields of expertise which include:

  • Commercial, corporate, banking, competition law and regulation
  • Criminal justice and criminology
  • International Law, Human Rights Law, disability and social justice
  • Law and emerging technologies

Our academics produce world class discipline-leading research and as a result you will benefit from the most up-to-date knowledge and critical perspectives in your chosen areas of study.

Our degrees are also highly regarded around the globe. From our programmes you will gain specialised knowledge and transferable skills which are applicable to a variety of roles and highly sought after by employers across the globe. Having studied abroad makes you an ideal candidate for jobs with international firms and those who have multinational clients.

Find out more about research at the School of Law.

Equivalent qualifications

The entrance requirements for our postgraduate schemes are that you must normally possess an upper second class honours degree or non-UK equivalent in a relevant subject (PhD applicants are also usually required to hold a masters level qualification, with a merit grade).

If you do not meet the standard academic entry requirements, we will give consideration to relevant and substantial work experience of more than five years. In this case, we will require a full CV, describing the relevant work experience, with your application.

We also encourage applicants with professional qualifications or substantial professional experience to apply.

To find out what equivalent qualification we require from your country please email us on lawpgadm@leeds.ac.uk

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language you will need to achieve the following:

  • TOEFL score on the internet-based test: at least 92 with, at least, 22 in listening, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing
  • A minimum IELTS (academic) score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in listening and reading and at least 6.0 in writing and speaking.

We also accept other English qualifications including:

  • English Cambridge Proficiency Certificate: Grade C or above
  • Advanced Certificate of English: Grade C or above
  • IGCSE or O level: Grade C or above
  • All India 'Standard 12': minimum of 70 per cent.

The university's Language Centre provides pre-sessional language courses for those who might need extra preparation or slightly miss the above requirements. Find out more about the Language Centre.

Postgraduate Taught Fees

For full-time international students the fee is £15,000 for 12 months. This is for all of our programmes except MSc Law and Finance which is £16,500.

Tuition fee deposits for taught postgraduates

If you are a taught postgraduate applicant to Leeds who needs a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK the University requires you to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500. More information on deposits.

Postgraduate Research Fees

For full-time international students the fee is £14,500 per year.

You can find further information on fees on research fees and funding.

We provide numerous scholarships to postgraduate students. Take a look at your relevant area below for more information. Please note that the details of some of these are currently being finalised so if there isn't a specific deadline stated you will need to check back later or contact us directly for more information.

Postgraduate taught

Liberty Scholarships

The School of Law is offering six Liberty Scholarships of £3,000 to international students of high academic quality starting a postgraduate taught programme in 2015.

These scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic performance in your undergraduate degree. A Liberty Scholarship will not be awarded in addition to any other scholarship excepting a University of Leeds alumni scholarship.


To be eligible for a scholarship, you must meet the following entry criteria.

  • Be classified as an international student for tuition fee purposes.
  • You must hold an offer of a place to study and begin your posgraduate taught Masters programme in September 2015.
  • You must have excellent academic results from your previous studies.

To apply for a Liberty Scholarship

You must submit a statement of 500 words to lawpgadm@leeds.ac.uk by the closing date, which should address the following:

  • Why you chose to study this particular programme at Leeds, and what skills and attributes  you hope to develop during your study here.
  • How you anticipate the completion of your degree, as a Liberty Scholar, will benefit the community to which you hope to contribute.

You must include your University ID in your letter.

Closing date - 17 July 2015

The final decision on the award of a Liberty Scholarship will be that of the appointed award panel. Successful applicants will be notified at the beginning of August.

Disability Rights Scholarship Program

The School are pleased to welcome students who have been offered an LLM scholarship under the Disability Rights Scholarship Program. This is offered by the Open Society Foundations, and is jointly funded by the University of Leeds. This award is open to those from eligible countries who have an interest in disability rights. The call for the  2016 Program is now open. Follow the link for the program announcement with instructions on accessing more information and applications.  

Alumni Bursary

The Alumni Postgraduate Bursary is available to former University of Leeds students. Those who qualify are eligible for a 10 per cent tuition fee bursary.

The alumni bursary can be awarded in conjunction with other University of Leeds scholarships and awards as the 10 per cent bursary is calculated based on the net fee remaining.

If you are thinking of continuing your studies to postgraduate level, do stay with us.

University scholarships

The University of Leeds also offers other general scholarships and awards for postgraduate taught students.

Visit Scholarships at Leeds for more information.

Postgraduate research

University Scholarships

The University offers a range of other scholarships for postgraduate research.

Search University scholarships.

Alumni Postgraduate Bursary

The Alumni Postgraduate Bursary is available to former University of Leeds students. Those who qualify are eligible for a 10 percent tuition fee bursary. The alumni bursary can be awarded in conjunction with other University of Leeds scholarships and awards as the 10 percent bursary is calculated based on the net fee remaining. If you are thinking of continuing your studies to postgraduate level, we would love for you to stay with us.

More information about the Alumni Bursary

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