We understand that applicants and offer holders may have concerns about the ongoing coronavirus (covid-19) situation and your plans to study with us at Leeds. 

Our campus is open and it’s important to us that you have every opportunity to engage with student life at Leeds, so we’re working hard to make sure you receive the high-quality academic experience you would expect. Your personal safety remains our top priority, so you can be sure we’ll take all the appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures, which will be in place right across campus.

We'll continue to make updates on this page and in our Frequently Asked Questions that follow. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Safety and wellbeing

What safety measures are in place when I arrive on campus?

We are working hard to ensure that the campus is a safe and welcoming environment. Your personal safety is our top priority, and we are putting appropriate safety and hygiene measures in place. We have prepared detailed information about safety on campus on our coronavirus website. 

My Application

Is there a deadline to accept my offer?

If you have applied for a Masters course there is no deadline to accept your offer. However, please leave enough time to complete the admissions process and prepare to start your course.

My university cannot provide me with an official certificate or transcript to meet the academic conditions of my offer due to covid-19, what should I do?

We will be as flexible as possible and documentation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. We recommend you submit the most recent transcript and/or confirmation of award you have been provided by your current institution for the admissions team to review. They will contact you if any further information or documentation is required.

Can I defer my offer to secure a place for next year?

If you can't join us this year you can request to defer your place to 2021, provided that you have not previously deferred. Please be aware that due to the likely high demand for deferrals this year we may not be able to approve every request. If you have applied for an undergraduate course, please email your academic school using the contact details listed on Coursefinder. If you have applied for a taught postgraduate course, you can request a deferral in the application portal.

Why has my course start date been changed to January? 

Our number-one priority is a safe, phased return to campus for all our students and staff, whilst ensuring you receive a high-quality education and as many opportunities as possible to engage with student life at Leeds. This has been at the heart of all our planning and the decision to phase the arrival of both new and existing students back on to campus.

Can I change the start date that I have been given for my Masters course? 

Unfortunately we are unable to offer you an alternative start date to the date allocated for your chosen course. 

If you would prefer to start your studies at a different time, we may be able to consider you for an alternative course. You can search all our courses on our Coursefinder. Please contact the admissions team using the contact details provided and they will be able to advise if you can be considered for a place.  

How do I cancel my request to defer to September 2021 and confirm to start my course in January 2021 instead?

You are welcome to request to start your course in January 2021 instead of deferring to September 2021. Please contact the admissions team for your course, using the contact details listed on Coursefinder

Can I use the pre-sessional course results from this year if my course starts in 2021?

Pre-sessional results are valid for two years, so a pre-sessional course taken this summer will be valid English language evidence for a Masters course starting in January 2021, and you will not need to provide an alternative language qualification.

If my English language certificate expires before January 2021, do I need to apply for another?

As long as your certificate is valid for the original start of the course in September 2020, we will still accept it as evidence of your English language proficiency if you are now starting your course in January 2021. If you will require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, this meets all UKVI requirements.

Immigration and visas

I've received my unconditional offer from Leeds but am worried about getting my visa in time. What should I do?

We understand that making international travel arrangements is quite difficult at the moment and it may take longer than usual to get your CAS, get a visa appointment or for your visa to arrive. In order to get the best possible experience of studying at Leeds, we expect you to arrive as soon as you can, but in most cases, you’ll be able to start your studies online if this isn’t possible.

The last date you can arrive will depend on your programme, so please keep in touch with your School and inform them of your travel plans.

If I start my studies in September, will I be eligible to apply for the Graduate Immigration Route/Post Study Work visa?

The UK government has announced that students graduating from UK universities in summer 2021 will be eligible to apply as long as they arrive in the UK by 6 April 2021 and complete the final semester of their studies. 

I have received an unconditional taught postgraduate offer from the University and a request to pay a deposit to receive a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). Do I have to pay it now? 

We are issuing CAS documents for courses starting in September 2020. In order to receive a CAS, you will need to pay the £1,500 tuition fee deposit or provide evidence that you are fully funded by a University-recognised sponsor. There is currently no deadline for the payment of the deposit, unless you are taking an eight-week autumn pre-sessional, for which the deadline to pay the deposit is 2 October 2020. For more information, please see the tuition fee deposits guidance page.

When you will start to issue CAS documents? 

We are currently issuing CAS documents for courses that have a September 2020 and a January 2021 start date.

You will be contacted by email once your CAS is ready, or if any further information is needed, so you do not need to take any action to request a CAS.

In order to be eligible for a CAS, you must have firmly accepted an unconditional offer, supplied all necessary information, such as valid passport details, and, for taught postgraduate students only, either have paid a £1,500 tuition fee deposit or provided evidence that you are fully funded by a University-recognised sponsor. You do not need to send proof that you have paid your deposit to be issued a CAS.

How will the January 2021 start date affect EU students’ immigration requirements?

We recommend that EU students enter the UK before 31 December 2020 and apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, which will give you the option to remain in the UK for five years if you wish. For the latest details, see our Brexit information for students

Teaching and learning

When is the start date for my course?

If you are a new or returning undergraduate student your studies will start as planned on 28 September 2020. 

If you are a postgraduate student your start date will depend on your course. Some Masters courses will start in September and some will begin in January. 

If you have further questions about the start date for your course please contact your prospective school. You can find their contact details on the course pages

How much teaching on my course will be face-to-face?

Teaching activities with large numbers of students, such as lectures, will go ahead using digital technology. Teaching in small-group settings, including seminars, tutorials and practicals, will be delivered face to face on campus wherever it can be done safely. We hope that by January we will be in a position to deliver more face-to-face teaching, although our approach will remain flexible. For more information on the arrangements, check the induction information for your school.

What if I can't get to Leeds for the start of my course?

We are putting in place a wide range of measures to ensure that our campus is a safe community for students to join in September. We are therefore encouraging you to travel to campus unless circumstances delay your arrival. If you can't travel to campus immediately, you'll have remote access to all the teaching resources and support services you need for your studies until you arrive.

Will I need to register on campus?

Registration will be online. If you are an EU or International student you will also need to register in person when you arrive on campus. Please see our Registration information

My course is now starting in January. What virtual learning resources can I access before I start?

Before you join us, you will be able to access our Transition to Leeds online resource to make sure you make the best start to your time at Leeds. Transition to Leeds will be available before your programme starts in January 2021.

It is designed to enhance your study at Leeds by encouraging you to consider your programme of choice from different perspectives: 

  • global and cultural insight
  • employability and ethics and responsibility
  • sustainability. 

Transition to Leeds will include information to help welcome you to the University of Leeds, both before and after you join us. 

Welcome and arrival

I'm an international student. Where can I find more information about arriving on campus? 

We have been adjusting our welcome, arrival and international orientation plans for this year due to covid-19. Please visit our Arrival page for more information.

You can also talk to some of our current international students and find out more about the various online pre-departure events we are organising at our Link to Leeds website.  

What welcome and induction activities will be taking place?

All new students will take part in a programme of induction and orientation activities to help you familiarise yourself and settle into Leeds as quickly as possible. We've worked with the teams in Leeds University Union to develop a series of activities and events, both on campus and online, so you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome when you arrive. You can find out more on our Welcome pages and on the Leeds University Union website.


For questions relating to accommodation, including applying, moving in, and what to expect with social distancing, please visit the Accommodation website.

Open days

Are you still holding open days?

Due to the current situation, open days are not taking place on campus. Instead, we are hosting a virtual open day experience. You can access talks from our most recent undergraduate virtual open day on demand.

We also have information on virtual postgraduate open days.

Fees, funding and paying deposits

Can I apply for a postgraduate Masters loan from the UK government if my course starts in January?

The January start date should not affect your eligibility for a Masters loan from the UK government if you and the course (with the original start date) were already considered eligible. You would simply receive your loan from January, instead of from September.

If you have any further questions, you are welcome to contact our Funding team. For more information please see our government postgraduate loans page.

I am an EU student and my Masters course is starting in January 2021 instead of September 2020. Will my tuition fees stay the same?

Yes, if you have been told your Masters course starts in January 2021, your tuition fees will still be classed as Home/EU Masters fees and will stay the same. You will also still be eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Masters Loan.

Will a change of course start date or different course affect my scholarship?

Scholarship regulations vary, so we would advise that you contact your sponsor as soon as possible to find out whether the change to your course affects your funding. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Can I split my fee payments into more instalments as an international student?

If you are a self-funded international student you can either pay in full or in two instalments. Information on how to pay your University tuition can be found on our For Students website.

Will you refund my deposit if I cannot come to Leeds to study due to coronavirus (covid-19)?

Yes, we will refund your deposit if you are unable to take up your place at Leeds for reasons relating to covid-19. 

If I already paid my deposit for this year, will it be automatically carried over to next year if I defer my place?

Yes. If you have paid the deposit before requesting to defer we will keep hold of your payment for next year - we do not usually permit applicants to both receive a refund and defer.   

If some of my teaching is online, will I be charged the full tuition fees?

Students will be charged full tuition fees for 2020/21 entry.

It is important to us that you have every opportunity to engage with student life at Leeds, so we are working hard to ensure you receive the high-quality academic experience you expect. 

How we deliver your course will depend on government guidance on social distancing at the time but our approach will be flexible, offering a balance of face-to-face and virtual learning which will involve interaction with staff and regular collaboration with fellow students. 

We will review our plans regularly and implement any changes, in line with government guidance, as quickly as possible. We are committed to ensuring you are supported to get the most out of your university experience, whilst ensuring your safety and wellbeing at all times.