Year of entry 2024
Improve your academic English language skills to the level needed to study a Masters degree, whilst adapting to life in the UK and at the University of Leeds.
You’ll have the chance to:
study academic English directly relevant to civil engineering
experience and adapt to study in the UK ahead of your degree
become familiar with the University facilities such as libraries, study spaces and learning platforms
settle into Leeds before your Masters begins
meet other students and build a community of peers
You’ll learn how to use academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the context of civil engineering.
During this course you’ll be taught by expert language teachers who will introduce you to the language, texts and practices that you’ll engage with during your Masters degree.
To support your learning, you’ll have access to our Language Zone – a study and resource centre for independent language learning equipped with a computer cluster for personal study, books and magazines, audio and video resources. You’ll also be able to take part in workshops, language groups and language advice drop-ins to get the most out of your studies.
The curriculum for this course is developed in collaboration with the School of Civil Engineering, and is informed by research in English language teaching.
You’ll focus closely on the skills you’ll need for your subject area, studying with students progressing to degrees in the field of civil engineering. You’ll have the chance to listen to introductory academic lectures or take part in practical sessions, exploring different themes over six weeks. You’ll work on understanding this content and the language used, along with core texts, through a series of language classes and seminars.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
Learning and teaching
You’ll learn how to use language appropriate for your degree to express your thoughts and ideas effectively.
To prepare you for study at a UK university, you’ll be taught in classes, lectures or practical sessions and group seminars. You’ll work individually and with others. Independent study is an important element of this course, allowing you to practise your skills, deepen your knowledge and prepare for your degree. Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to think critically.
You’ll also have dedicated time with your tutor to address questions you may have about your language and learning.
Classes normally take place between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday (find out when the University will be closed). Teaching will take place on the University of Leeds campus.
Teaching staff at the Language Centre contribute to academic research in language teaching. This research informs our course content, which means you’ll receive high quality teaching designed to help you get the most out of your studies.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We use a range of assessment methods, which are likely to include written assignments, speaking assignments, presentations and research projects.
The entry requirement for this pre-sessional English course depends on the IELTS requirement of your Masters course. Please check your Masters course page alongside the requirements below:
For the following Civil Engineering degrees:
- MSc (Eng) Engineering Project Management
- MSc (Eng) International Construction Management and Engineering
- A minimum IELTS score of 6.0
- One component below 6.0 allowed, at 5.5 – this can be listening or speaking
- No components below 5.5
If your Masters requires an overall IELTS score of 6.5
To apply for this pre-sessional course you'll need:
- A minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0
- One component below 6.0 allowed
- No components below 5.5
If your Masters requires an overall IELTS score of 7.0, you'll need:
- A minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5
- One component below 6.5 allowed
- No components below 6.0
For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
The minimum age for students studying on this course is 18 years old.
How to apply
For application deadlines and important dates, please see our deadlines for pre-sessional courses page.
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page 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.
If you experience any difficulties when applying, please contact the admissions enquiries team.
If you need a Student visa to study in the UK and have met the academic conditions of your Masters course, we may issue one Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), which will cover your pre-sessional and your Masters course so that you only need to apply for one visa. Read our frequently asked questions to find out more.
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.
This course is taught by
The Language Centre
International: £3439 (per year)
Read more about how to pay.
Additional cost information
All learning materials are included in the tuition fee. The Language Centre provides a weekly programme of optional social activities during this course. Some of these are free, and some have a cost, normally no more than £30.
Accommodation is not included in the tuition fee.
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 on our living costs and budgeting page.
Scholarships and financial support
For further information on University of Leeds funding for degree courses, please visit our fees and funding for international students page.
Student profile: Yuhao Yang
I used to be afraid to communicate with others in English, but after the pre-sessional course I could speak fluent English with my teachers and classmates.Find out more about Yuhao Yang's time at Leeds