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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 by achieving the following scores in either an IELTS or TOEFL test.  Tests must not be more than 2 years old by the start date of your studies with us .

  • 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.

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  

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‚Äôs Language Centre if appropriate.

When can I start?

The majority of PhD students begin their research degrees on 1 October. This start date is often determined by the funding body (particularly for UK/EU students). However, provided your funding allows it, it is possible to start on the first of any month.

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