Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Thinking of Applying?

You can apply for 2017/18 entry here. Admissions Policy for 2017/18 can be accessed here.

Our application deadlines for 2017/18 entry are as follows:

For non UK/EEA applicants: 31 August 2017

For UK/EEA applicants: 10 September 2017

If you intend to apply for funding, you should submit an application for a place at least one month before any specific scholarship deadline and let us know of the deadline through submitting enquiry.

Documentation required

1) Two official reference letters or if you would like us to contact your referee provide please provide their professional email address. We would need at least academic reference (if you intend to apply for one of the University of Leeds scholarships both references submitted should be academic).

2) Degree documents – we require a copy of your undergraduate degree certificate and transcripts (please also include an approved translation if not originally in English). If you are yet to graduate, please provide a current copy of your transcripts and if you are subsequently recommended for a study place you will need to submit a final transcript along with degree certificate as soon as this becomes available.

3) Proof of proficiency in English, if English is not your first language (see detailed information below).

4) You should ensure you complete work experience section with any relevant employment information that you feel we should consider when assessing your ability to complete the programme. For example, for the MA International Journalism, experience as a journalist may be relevant; for the MA PR and Society, experience in the communications industries may be relevant; for the MA Film, Photography and Media practical experience is important.

Please note that if you include this information, it should relate to work experience that is substantial, rather than short-term (e.g. an internship that lasts two or three weeks would not be regarded as ‘substantial’ work experience).

5) An up to date CV and a scan of your passport. Please upload these to supporting documentation section.

Only complete applications will be considered. Please upload all the above documents when submitting your application. Although you will not be able to amend your application you, any post application documents can be uploaded via submitting an enquiry.

Please be aware that these courses are very popular and places are limited.

English language requirement

The English language requirement for all MA programmes is:

  • IELTS of 6.5,  with no element below 6.0, or
  • Internet Based TOEFL 92 (with not less than 21 in Listening and Reading, 22 in Writing, 23 in Speaking)
  • GCSE in English at grade C or above (or equivalent as recognised by NARIC), or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English at Grade C or better, or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic score of 64 overall with at least 60 in each skill.

Please check the PGT School of Media Admissions Policy 2017 for other accepted forms of English proficiency.

The two main forms of English language test available to international students are the IELTS (offered by the British Council), and the TOEFL (offered by the Educational Testing Service). Please see their web sites for further information and for advice about nearest test centres:
IELTS – www.ielts.org/
TOEFL – www.ets.org/

Achieving a good score in the Writing element of any English language test is particularly important. For the same reason, we encourage applicants with an IELTS score of 6.5 to consider taking a 6-week Language for Communication and Society pre-sessional English language course. To be clear, applicants are eligible for entry with a 6.5 score (with no element below 6.0), and we assess applications on that basis. The pre-sessional English course is an optional choice for these applicants – further developing their skills for when they start their MA programme. In the past years, we received excellent feedback from students who have completed pre-sessional courses and found them extremely helpful as preparation for MA study. From this year Language Centre along with our department will be offering 6-week Language for Communication and Society pre-sessional programme with discipline-specific content designed to help you to develop your academic English and study skills.

Applicants who reach an IELTS of 6.0 may be eligible for the 6-week Language for Communication and Society pre-sessional programme. Upon successful completion of this course they should be able to gain entry to MA programme.

Language for Communication and Society pre-sessional English Language course

Reaching the required level of proficiency in English is just as important as fulfilling the academic condition for entry onto the MA programme, and students who do not submit proof of having done so in advance of the start of the MA course will not be permitted to register. To support students who are almost at the required level, but need slightly more practice, the University Language Centre along with School of Media and Communication run discipline specific 10 week or 6 week pre-sessional English Language courses during the summer.

For applicants who may be able to come to the University earlier, 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 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 email: langc@leeds.ac.uk.

What happens after you apply

Once you have submitted your application we will look at it along with supporting document as soon as possible. If we accept you, and offer letter will be issued to you and the type of offer (unconditional/conditional) will show under decision section on Applicant Portal. If your acceptance is conditional, the offer letter will specify the exact conditions.

After making you an offer, we will keep in touch with you through regular communication that will help you stay abreast of programme developments, staff activities and student successes, as well as giving you more information about Leeds and the surrounding region. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our website, too, which is updated daily with news and events in the School of Media and Communication.

In August before your arrival, we will send you more detailed information about induction week. This takes place in mid-September each year for all our new students. It provides you with an introduction to your programme and to he School, as well as to other areas of University life such as the Students’ Union and the Library. We also teach you to navigate the all-important IT systems that you have to use while you are here.

Other useful information

For more information, correspondence and general enquiries please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone +44 (0)113 343 4192
Fax +44 (0)113 343 5808


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