A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) or equivalent qualification.
In exceptional circumstances we may also consider people who don’t have a degree, but do have relevant work experience.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component . For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Marketing (6 weeks) and Language for Business: Marketing (10 weeks).
If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.
How to apply
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you need
A copy of your degree certificate and transcripts, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying (please submit an official English translation if necessary)
Two academic references (in certain circumstances a professional reference may be considered)
Evidence of your English language qualifications, if English is not your first language
A personal statement, including evidence of your motivation and interest to study this particular programme and an indication to your future career plans. Non-design students should demonstrate how they can transfer their knowledge/skills to a different discipline, as well as their understanding about the field of advertising.
An electronic link or pdf to your digital portfolio. Your portfolio should show evidence of successfully generating and articulating concepts.
Applicants from non-design backgrounds must also have a portfolio showing evidence of your understanding of visual language and/or creative writing ability.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
School of Design Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy
- UK/EU: £12,000 (total)
- International: £23,000 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
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For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Visit our Brexit page for the latest information on the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on current students and applicants to the University.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.