University of Leicester


At Leicester, we’re continually striving to use our academic expertise to increase our understanding of the world, so that we might change it for the better. And we’ve made many important discoveries along the way, from the technique of DNA fingerprinting, to unearthing a lost city from an ancient civilisation in Libya – an astonishing find that could re-write history.

Why choose University of Leicester?
Way to study

There are three levels of study available at the University of Leicester: undergraduate (BA, BSc etc), postgraduate taught (MA, MSc, etc) and postgraduate research (e.g PhD).  Some courses are available by distance learning.

High Quality Academic Reputation

You’ll probably have already made a few discoveries of your own by now; like picking up on Leicester’s high-quality academic reputation. We’re proud to be a fixture in the top 20 of all major national league tables and ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world by both theQS World University Rankings and THE World University Rankings. In 2013 Leicester was the highest climbing UK university in the THE World Rankings, moving up 35 places to 161st in the table.

What this means for you is that by choosing Leicester you’ll be choosing an experience that will make more of you – giving you the opportunity to get a high-quality degree here and a much better start out there.

English Language Requirements

All applicants should demonstrate their competency in English language by successfully completing one of the following:

  • Secondary education in a country accepted as teaching in the medium of English.
  • At least two years of an undergraduate and/or a higher degree in a country accepted as teaching in the medium of English, within three years of the start date of the course.
  • An accepted qualification in English language at a level specified for the subject area.
  • An accepted test in English language at a level specified for the subject area, within two years of the start date of the course.
  • An English language pre sessional course at the University of Leicester at a level specified for the subject area.
  • The Leicester International Study Centre foundation course at a level specified for the subject area.

Applicants may be asked to successfully pass a test which is set and marked by the University of Leicester at a level specified for the subject area.

Don’t meet the requirements? Don’t worry…
English language preparatory courses for international students

If you do not yet meet our English requirements we can help you to improve your English to the necessary standard. The University’s English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help campus-based students with the English you need for your studies.

Each preparatory course consists of 21 hours of intensive language training per week in small, international classes (maximum 16 students, but usually no more than 12). You can join a course at any point, depending on your current language level.


Whatever type of course you study at the University of Leicester, finance will always be an important factor. There are costs to be met: tuition fees, course materials, accommodation, travel, living expenses. But there are also possible sources of funding: loans and grants, bursaries and scholarships. And there is always advice available, through the University and through national online resources.

In the current academic year (2014/15) the balance of income and expenditure of the University is expected to show a small surplus (see below), which is reinvested to improve facilities. The University is not a private or limited company and has no shareholders.

Figures for 2014/15
Income £302 million
Expenditure £297 million
Surplus £5 million
How to apply

we are ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world.

Undergraduate (UCAS)

UCAS will start receiving applications for entry in October 2016 from 1 September 2015.

The normal closing date for applications to reach the UCAS office is 15 January 2016, except for Medicine where the closing date is 15 October 2015.

You are advised to apply as early as is consistent with having made a careful and considered choice of institutions and courses. It is in your best interests to apply before the 15 January deadline. However, late applications, including those from outside the UK/EU, are in practice accepted by UCAS and the University of Leicester throughout the remainder of the application year, but are considered at the University’s discretion.

  • The institution code for the University of Leicester is LEICR L34.
Postgraduate taught (Masters)
1. Choose a course

Browse our postgraduate courses to ensure you are comfortable with the course content and entry requirements.

  • Find a Masters degree
  • Find a Research Degree
2. Gather supporting documents before completing your application form

You will need to provide the following documents in support of your application:

  • Course or research programme choices
  • Personal Information
  • Academic qualifications and transcripts
  • Personal Statement/Research Proposal
  • Two completed references (one must be academic) OR names and contact details of two people from whom we can request references (one must be an academic referee).
  • Photograph (optional)
  • Proof of English language competency (if your first language is not English)

The more documentation that you are able to provide, the quicker the decision making process will be. If applying online, you can upload electronic versions of your supporting documentation.

Postgraduate research (PhD and Professional Doctorates)
Applications for PhD and MPhil Degrees and Professional Doctorates
Advice for applicants to PhD, MPhil, and professional doctorate programmes at the University of Leicester
  • Course Descriptions
  • Academic Entry Requirements
  • English Language Entry Requirements
  • Fees and Living Expenses
  • How to Apply
  • When to Apply
  • Writing a Research Proposal
  • Online Application Form
  • Postal Application Form
Entry requirements

Pakistani students graduating with an Intermediate Certificate or High Secondary School Certificate (HSSC – year 12) will need to complete a Foundation Year to be eligible for admission to an undergraduate degree programme.

Undergraduate (Bachelor’s) 
  • In some exceptional cases, students may be accepted to some undergraduate degree programmes if they have successfully completed the High Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) with passes in 4 or more subjects with an average of over 90%
Master’s degrees and other taught postgraduate programmes
  • Pakistani students who hold a Bachelor’s degree with honours (four-year BA, BBA) with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4 will be considered for entry to a Master’s degree.
  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree with honours (BSc, BEng) with a minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0 will be considered for entry to a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
PhD degrees and other research postgraduate programmes

Applicants for PhD degrees and other postgraduate research programmes (MPhil, DClinPsy, DSocSci, EdD, EngD, MD) are required to have Bachelor’s degree with honours (four-year BA, BBA) with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4, usually in a related subject area, (offers may vary depending on the intended subject of study) which is equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (also known as a 2:1) from a recognised Pakistani university.

Academic strengths and research

The University of Leicester was named ‘University of the Year 2008-2009’ by the leading magazine Times Higher Education, and in 2009-2010 won the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Student Support.

We are highly ranked, consistently in the top 20 of major national tables and within the top 2% of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings and Times Higher World Rankings).

Studying at Leicester opens the door to many career possibilities.  There may also be opportunities to find paid or volunteer work. Please note: your visa may restrict the possibility of paid work.


The University’s academic schools and departments are organised into four colleges which are, in turn, supported by the Corporate Services.

  • College of Arts, Humanities & Law
  • College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology
  • College of Science & Engineering
  • College of Social Science

The four colleges replaced the former five faculties in 2009.

Rankings and reputation

The university has established itself as a leading research-led university and has been named University of the Year of 2008 by the Times Higher Education.The university has consistently ranked among the top 15 universities in the United Kingdom by the Times Good University Guide and The Guardian it has a vision of becoming an established top ten UK university by 2015

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