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Study at the University of Leeds


The University of Leeds is a redbrick university in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Officially founded in the early 20th century, the university’s origins can be traced back to the 19th century when the Yorkshire College of Science was established. It was one of the first colleges in the UK for students of all faiths and backgrounds, set up to challenge the exclusivity of Oxford and Cambridge. Initially, the college focussed purely on scientific studies before eventually introducing Classics, History and Modern Literature. This led the Yorkshire College of Science to become the Yorkshire College and in 1904, King Edward VII granted Leeds its own Charter as an independent institution.

Today, the University of Leeds is among the Russell Group of research-intensive universities. It offers over 500 undergraduate and more than 200 postgraduate-degree courses. Teaching staff have been awarded 26 National Teaching Fellowships – more than any other university in the UK. With over 30,000 students – 5,000 of them international, from more than 100 countries – the university prides itself on being a multicultural and international institution. Its partnership with Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, China was the first overseas school to be set up by the University of Leeds and offers students a unique UK-Chinese engineering curriculum.

Quick Summary

  • Established: 1831 (Leeds School of Medicine)
  • Students: 36,250 (2018/19)
  • Intl. Student Ratio: 30%
  • Location:  Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • Campus: One
  • TEF Ranking: Silver
  • THE Ranking: 20th in the UK (160th in the World)

University Details

Subjects Offered

The University of Leeds covers a broad range of subjects at foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Find out more about what they offer and why it’s great to study at the University of Leeds.

  • Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Applied Health (Medical Education)
  • Environment and Business
  • Art and Design
  • Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics
  • Business Management
  • Business Management and the Human Resource
  • Business Management with Marketing
  • Communication and Media
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Digital Media
  • English Literature
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Film, Photography and Media
  • Fine Art
  • Geography
  • Graphic and Communication Design
  • Human Resource Management
  • Islamic Studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
  • Politics
  • Social Policy and Crime
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Actuarial Mathematics
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Economics
  • Computer Science
  • Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Geophysics
  • Healthcare Science
  • International Business
  • Mathematics
  • Law

University Ranking (Worldwide)

According to Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021, the University of Leeds is ranking at 160th in the world.

  • Overall: 56.8
  • Teaching: 43.2
  • Research: 46.2
  • Citations: 74.7
  • Industry Income: 38.5
  • International Outlook: 88.5


University Campuses

Our single-site campus, one of the largest in the UK, is just a short walk from the centre of Leeds. Everything is in one place and it’s really easy to get around. The University is a creative community with a rich cultural life, offering many opportunities for you to get involved or immerse yourself in the arts.

The university has 1,230 acres of land in total, with the main campus taking up 98 acres. The main campus is located 1 mile north of Leeds city centre and compromises of a mixture of Gothic revival, art deco, brutalist and postmodern buildings, making it one of the most diverse university campuses in the country in terms of building styles and history. It is within walking distance of both the city centre and popular student neighbourhoods Hyde Park, Woodhouse, and Headingley. The main entrance to the campus for visitors by car is on Woodhouse Lane, near the Parkinson Building. The former Woodhouse Cemetery is within the campus, now a landscaped area known as St George’s Fields.

  • University of Leeds Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9JT