University of Leeds

Established in 1904, the University of Leeds is a world top 100 institution with a global reputation for academic excellence, cutting-edge research and inspirational teaching.

Russell Group education

The University of Leeds is a member of the Russell Group, an association of 24 leading UK universities committed to maintaining world-class research and providing an outstanding teaching and learning experience, so you know that you will be studying at one of the best universities in the world. 

Academic excellence 

As a Russell Group institution the University attracts staff who are experts in their fields, and who are in demand across the globe. This means that you will be taught by inspirational and distinguished academics working at the cutting edge of their specialisms. They will share their passion for the subject with you so that you can learn and grow, becoming an expert in your own right once you graduate. 

  • 14th in The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2016

World-changing research 

The University is known worldwide for the quality of its research that seeks to address major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time. Research is at the heart of learning at the University of Leeds and the students are close to breakthroughs as they are happening. 

You can change the world too

There are opportunities for you to contribute to research happening on campus. Many students take part in research placements and projects as part of their degree. 

Career opportunities

There are lots of ways to experience the world of work when you choose to study at Leeds - from a 12-month industrial work placement to summer internships, shorter placements and project work that you can undertake as part of your studies.

Did you know...

  • 92% of the University of Leeds graduates are employed or studying within six months of graduating (HESA 2013).

Cutting-edge facilities 

The University is continually investing in exceptional facilities and academic staff to ensure students have the very best experience. Campus facilities include: 

Liberty Building
Home to the School of Law, it includes a moot court incorporating the latest technology. 

Energy Building
Housing the internationally respected Energy Research Institute, the building serves as a hub for collaboration in energy research and innovation. 

The Edge
State-of-the-art fitness centre is the largest of any UK university. Facilities include an 8 lane swimming pool, sauna, climbing wall and squash courts. 

This contemporary performance space has excellent technical facilities, including a 180-seat auditorium, a smaller experimental theatre and a dance studio. 

Laidlaw Library
Opened in spring 2015, the library provides 1,000 seats, dedicated IT zones and study facilities with the latest technology.

One of the largest libraries in the UK 

As a student at the University you will have access to four libraries. The Brotherton Library is one of the largest libraries in the UK, with flexible study spaces. The extensive print, online and manuscript collections have been gathered over 100 years, attracting students and scholars from around the world.

  • 4,000 study spaces
  • 2.8m printed books
  • 500,000 online books
  • 35,000 print and online journals. 

Award-winning Student’s Union 

Run by students, the Student’s Union is the ideal place to socialise and take a break from your studies. The Union is located at the centre of the campus and provides advice and support for students. Inside, you will find cafés, two bars, three nightclubs and a theatre. You will also have access to a spa, hairdressers, bank and an estate agents. 

280 clubs and societies 

In your free time, you’ll be able to choose from over 280 clubs and societies, in areas of interest as diverse as football, sky-diving, chess, swimming, baking and Harry Potter. ‘Give It A Go’ sessions enable you to try out a brand new activity or hobby for the first time. There are also extensive volunteering opportunities for you to get involved with.

Mingxin from China
"I love Leeds. It is the best city in England – the people are really friendly and there is plenty to do. I have made friends from all over the world and learnt about their cultures."
Mingxin from China