- You should ideally have a first-class or at least a good upper second-class degree.
- A Master’s degree is not required, but your application is seen more favourably if you do have one; you should ideally have achieved a distinction or at least a merit, especially in your dissertation.
- You must be an expert user of written and spoken English (see below).
- Your referees must be fully supportive of both you and your ability for advanced, independent study.
- Your project must be appropriate for study here at the School of Media and Communication.
English language requirements
Candidates whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language is sufficient to meet the demands of doctoral studies. We require the following qualification:
- An IELTS Band Score of 6.5 (with writing score not less than 6.5 and not less than 6.0 in any other skill area). Equivalent scores will apply to Internet based TOEFL 92.
The Language Centre provides an 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 programme at the University of Leeds. Courses start in September, January, April, July or August. For further information, please visit the Language Centre’s website or contact via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that IELTS and TOEFL only recognise test results as valid for a period of up to 2 years after the date of the examination. If an applicant’s first language is not English but they have successfully completed a first degree within the last 2 years in one of a number of countries (where English is the first language, used as the medium of instruction throughout the education system), they will be regarded as having met the English language requirement. Details are available from our PGR Administrator.