School of Law

Postgraduate Admissions

School of Law
University of Leeds
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Research Postgraduates

Postgraduate Research brochure

Research training

The University offers training in research skills for research students through Researcher Training and Development.

Doctoral Training Centre

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The University of Leeds is part of the ESRC accredited White Rose Doctoral Training Centre.

The Graduate School

Our School provides specialist support and facilities for postgraduate students through the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law Graduate School.

To discover more about our faculty postgraduate provision, explore The Graduate School.

Entry requirements for postgraduate research degrees

The entrance requirements for our research schemes are that you must normally possess an upper second class honours degree or equivalent.

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

In addition, we normally require PhD applicants to hold a Master's level qualification in a relevant subject at merit or above.

Language requirements 

Successful completion of a postgraduate degree demands facility in English. It is a requirement that essays and dissertations be well-written. Prospective and intending students whose first language is not English will need to ensure that their linguistic proficiency is adequate. They may need to undertake some language training in the University or elsewhere.

The School has a minimum requirement.

  • 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 6.5 in listening and reading and at least 6.0 in writing and speaking.

The School keeps its requirements under review and may request a higher level of proficiency. The University of Leeds Language Centre can provide more details on your English requirements. 

The Language Centre also provides the Academic English for Postgraduate Studies pre-sessional course which is designed to help international students develop the necessary language and academic study skills required for successful study on a research degree programme.  Pre-sessional courses start in September, January, April, July or August. For further information, please visit the Language Centre’s website or contact the Language Centre via email.

We will also accept the following.

  • English Cambridge Proficiency Certificate: Grade C or above
  • Advanced Certificate of English: Grade C or above
  • IGCSE: Grade C or above
  • All India ‘Standard 12’: minimum of 70 per cent

We also accept other alternative qualifications to IELTS and TOEFL tests.

It is not sufficient for you to submit a letter from your university that states that you can use the English language to a good standard. This is not relevant evidence. You must submit one of the documents above or be intending to take one of the tests noted above.

Language requirements for graduates of Commonwealth and former Commonwealth countries

All applicants must prove their level of language proficiency. If you have taken an O Level, GCSE, A Level or Cambridge Certificate in Proficiency in English Language, you should include a copy of the result certificate with your application.

Documentation not originally written in English

You must provide an official translation in English of all your documentation. You may not undertake the translation yourself. You should ensure that a copy of the document in the original language is submitted at the same time as the translated copy.


As described in the section How to Apply.

Research proposal

As described in the section How to Apply.

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