You’ll study core academic English and develop your ability to research at postgraduate level in the UK.
You’ll focus closely on the skills you’ll need for your research degree and you’ll study with other postgraduate researchers. As a PhD researcher, you’ll learn how to use listening and speaking skills to get the most out of your meetings with your supervisor during your degree.
During the summer, you’ll learn how to use academic English that specifically prepares you for research using material from your degree subject area.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Pre-sessional Academic English for Postgraduate Research (one semester plus summer) in the course catalogue
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 research at a UK university, you’ll be taught in classes, lectures and group seminar discussions. 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.
In normal circumstances, teaching takes place on the University of Leeds campus. You’ll study full-time, with classes scheduled Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm.
Your pre-sessional course will include teaching and assessment time, as well as dates when the University will be closed, such as for Christmas, Easter and other public holidays.
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.
You’ll be assessed in a variety of ways, including written assignments, speaking assignments, research projects and producing a piece of work to be presented online.