Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Admissions Office

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Law
The Liberty Building
University of Leeds

Tel: 0113 343 7573
Fax: 0113 343 2452
Email: lawpgadm@leeds.ac.uk

Admissions Policy

You can download our 2017 postgraduate taught admissions policy [PDF: 1.8MB] for more detailed admissions information.


How to apply for a taught postgraduate programme

To apply

All taught courses begin in September. The deadlines for making an application for a place are 30 June for international students and 31 July for those not requiring a student visa.

If you intend to apply for funding, you should submit an application for a place at least one month before any specific scholarship deadline.

If you do not know your degree result before you apply, we may make offers to such candidates conditional on their degree results.

Apply Online

We need a set of supporting documents with your application form.

  • Evidence of your degree qualifications and degree course grades.   You must supply a certified copy of the transcript, accompanied by an official translation if the original is not in English. We only accept copies that have been certified by the awarding institution, and not  by a notary or another legal professional.
  • Two references, both academic and at least one of whom should be able to give us evidence of your performance at your highest level of academic study.
  • Evidence that you have satisfied the University's minimum requirements of English language proficiency, if applicable.  A copy of your IELTS/TOEFL results, or an alternative language qualification, accepted by the School of Law.

The school recommends you upload documents to the online facility along with your application.

These documents can be used to consider whether we will make you a conditional offer. If we make such an offer, you will need to provide the original documents or certified copies to the university on registration.

You must ensure you only upload the documents required as outlined above.

If documentation is to be sent through the post in support of an online application, then these documents should be sent directly to the School using the postal address shown above.


We require two references.

Please contact your two referees yourself.

You may, if you wish, show them a copy of these instructions for guidance. You should ask each referee to provide us with information about ...

  • your character
  • your academic record -- in the case of referees from your University, this information should include your overall degree grade and performance in individual subjects
  • their assessment to your suitability for the relevant postgraduate degree scheme.

If you graduated more than five years ago, we will accept one work-based reference.

Where more than ten years has lapsed since your graduation, we will accept two work-based references, but efforts should be made to obtain at least one academic reference.

Work references should be written someone more senior to yourself in the organisation you both work in. They may not be written by fellow students, family members or friends, even if you work together.

References must be submitted on official headed paper and must be signed. The completed reference should be placed in a sealed envelope, which has been signed by the referee across the seal. It should then be given to you and submitted to us immediately after you have submitted your online application.

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