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Sociology and Social Policy

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International Students

Students have voted the University of Leeds as offering one of the best student experiences in the UK. The 2016 Times Higher Education student experience survey put Leeds in sixth position.

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 have a range of established research centres and funded research programmes exploring cutting edge development in health, inequalities, social infrastructures, world orders and migration. In 2017 we launched three exciting new Masters programmes linked to our academic areas in Inequalities, Culture and Policy.

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.

International students

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.

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.

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