Online Part-Time Pre-sessional Academic English for Postgraduate Studies

Year of entry

Start date
29 January 2024
Delivery type
Online exclusive
22 weeks part time
Entry requirements
Full entry requirements
UK fees
£6,164 (total)
International fees
£6,164 (total)

Course overview

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Course start date: 29 January 2024

This course is an online-only, part-time English language pre-sessional course which allows you to study remotely from anywhere in the world.

On this part-time course, you can study at home alongside other commitments and prepare for your Masters at a pace that suits you.

If English isn’t your first language, this pre-sessional course will help you improve your academic English level to the standard needed to study a Masters while preparing you for postgraduate study and life in the UK.

You’ll develop your academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills using practical academic techniques that you can apply to your university studies.

Course details

On this online course, you’ll learn how to use language appropriate for your academic course, enabling you to express your thoughts and ideas effectively. You’ll study core academic English and focus closely on the skills you’ll need for your degree.

You’ll study with other students preparing for a Masters and develop your academic English skills using learning resources including academic articles, online talks and lectures to enhance your development.

Course structure

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 Online Part-Time Pre-sessional Academic English for Postgraduate Studies in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

To prepare you for study at the University of Leeds you’ll be taught in online classes, lectures and group seminar discussions, working individually as well as with others. Independent study is an important element of this course as it allows you to practise your skills, improve your digital literacy, deepen your knowledge, and prepare for your degree. Throughout the course you’ll be encouraged to think critically.

You’ll interact with tutors and other students on the course in live online sessions each week. You’ll also have dedicated time with your tutor to address any language or learning questions you may have, and you’ll get feedback about your work. Additionally, you’ll have access to digital resources and support to get the most out of studying online.

You’ll have online access to all the software and University systems you’ll need to study this course. You’ll study using Microsoft Teams, Zoom and the University’s virtual learning environment, Minerva - you’ll get an introduction to these platforms before your course starts.

Live online classes normally take place between 9am – 11am UK time (BST). Find out when the University will be closed.

Teaching staff at the Language Centre contribute to ongoing academic language research. Their research informs our course content, ensuring that you’ll receive the highest quality teaching that is 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 online assessment methods, which may include written assignments, speaking assignments, presentations, and research projects.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course depend on your current English language level and the language requirement for your postgraduate degree.

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
  • Two components below 6.0 allowed*
  • No components below 5.5

*You'll need to apply for two semesters, or one semester plus summer, if you hold two components at 5.5 and are preparing for:

  • a taught postgraduate course in the Business School
  • MSc (Eng) Engineering Project Management
  • MSc (Eng) International Construction Management and Engineering.

If your Masters requires an overall IELTS score of 7.0
To apply for this pre-sessional course you'll need:

  • A minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5
  • Two components below 6.5 allowed**
  • No components below 6.0

**You'll need to apply for two semesters, or one semester plus summer, if you hold two components at 6.0 and are preparing for a taught postgraduate course in the Business School.

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

Deadline to apply: to be confirmed.

Deadline to accept your offer: to be confirmed.

The 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 need a visa to study your degree course, you’ll need to apply for a visa and arrive in the UK by the start of your degree. Read more about visas.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023

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UK: £6,164 (total)

International: £6,164 (total)

Read more about how to pay.

Additional cost information

Access to all learning materials and software needed for the course is 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 about additional costs.

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.