The normal entry requirement is an honours degree, equivalent to a British BA honours degree (2.1 or higher), in a relevant humanities or social science subject.
Other applications will be considered where there is evidence of relevant experience, background or private study in the field.
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
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme 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 Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).
If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.
How to apply
There is no final deadline for applications, but we recommend you apply as early as possible. For UK/EU candidates we recommend submitting your application no later than two weeks before the start of the course, and at least one month before the start date for international students.
Apply (Distance learning)
Apply (Part time)
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’ll need
- Your degree certificate and transcripts, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying.
- A sample of your written work (2,000-3,000 words) on a topic relevant to the programme. All samples must be typed and in English.
- A personal statement of around 500 words, in response to the questions asked in the supporting statement section of the application
- UK/EU: £9,000 (total)
- International: £19,500 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Visit our Brexit page for the latest information on the effect of the UK's planned exit from the EU on current students and applicants to the University.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
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.
Find out more about funding and scholarship opportunities in the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science.