Our school ranks thirteenth in Britain in the latest assessment of research quality via the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 (we were part of the Social Work and Social Policy Unit of Assessment) and seventh on 'research intensity' (a measure which takes account of the proportion of staff submitted to the assessment exercise) . Our academics contribute at national, European and global levels to governmental and civic understanding of sociological and social policy issues.
We pride ourselves on being innovators. We set up one of the earliest disability research units, we host influential centres that research gender, ethnicity, health, families and the lifecourse, and we have recently launched an institute that expands on the work of Zygmunt Bauman, one of Europe's most influential sociologists.
Every year, we welcome new international students into our school. Our students come from every continent in the world and, in the last five years, we have taught or supervised students from areas as disparate as China and Canada, Japan and Jordan, Uganda and the US.
The University of Leeds Language Centre offers pre-sessional courses in general and academic English so that you can improve your language skills before you start your course. Pre-sessional courses start in September, January, April, July or August. For further information, please visit the Language Centre’s website or contact the Language Centre via email.
We also run a ten-week English language course at Shanghai University to prepare Chinese students for MA degree study at the University of Leeds.
International Foundation Year
Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for academically able international students who wish to study at a British University but do not yet have the qualifications they need to start an undergraduate degree programme.
It allows you to study the relevant subjects that you will need for your undergraduate degree programme and helps you to develop the study skills that you will need as an undergraduate student.