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School of Geography

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements

Admissions information

The minimum entry requirements for PhD study is 2.2 honours degree, or equivalent, in geography or a related subject. A high 2(i) or first class honours degree (or equivalent) is usually required to be competitive for scholarship funding. A Masters degree is also a valuable asset when applying for a place in the School or for funding. Students applying to study for a Masters by Research should have at least a 2(i) honours degree (or equivalent).

English language requirements. 

Students whose first language is not English are required to meet minimum standards in English, usually by achieving the scores listed below in an IELTS or TOEFL test.  Please note that tests must be not be more than 2 years old by the start date of your studies with us. If you subsequently defer your offer of a place, please check that your English language certificate will still be less than 2 years old by your new start date.  If not, you will need to take another test and again meet the requirements listed below.

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all components.
  • TOEFL IBT (Internet-based TOEFL): 87 with a minimum score of 20 in listening and reading, 21 in writing and 22 in speaking.
  • Pearson (Academic) of 60 overall with no less than 56 in any component.
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) of grade C or above.
  • Other English language qualifications are also accepted. For a full list please refer to the acceptable English language qualifications listed in the University admissions policy

Please note: students may be concerned following reports that the Home Office has confirmed ETS’ licence to provide English language tests (including TOEFL) for immigration purposes has expired. As a Highly Trusted Sponsor, this does not affect the University’s discretion to choose our own method of assessing the English language competence of students at degree level or above and we can confirm that we will continue to accept TOEFL for these purposes

Pre-sessional English courses

If your IELTS/TOEFL test result falls slightly short of the requirements (e.g if you have obtained 5.0 in one skill area but meet the requirements in all other areas), it may be possible for you to meet the our English language requirements by successfully completing a pre-sessional course at the Language Centre .  Information on the length and cost of the pre-sessional English language course required can be found on the Language Centre's website and is based on your current IELTS/TOEFL score  

University of Leeds English Language Test

Once you arrive at Leeds to start your research degree, you will also need to take the University of Leeds English language test. This test helps identify areas where you may need further support.  Term-time English courses are available free of charge at the University’s Language Centre if appropriate.

For further information, please contact:-
Jacqui Manton (Research Postgraduate Administrator)