How to Apply

(For academic year 2024/25 only)

What do I need to include in my application?

Please check your qualifications match the entry requirements for the course you are applying for.

When reviewing applications particular attention will be paid to academic performance. Given the competition for places, preference will be given to applicants who have or who are projected to exceed our minimum requirements.

As part of your online application you will be able to upload scanned documents. Where possible please merge connected documents so you upload fewer documents, e.g. merge your degree transcripts and certificates together.

If we require any further information we will ask for it.  Please make sure you read any requests carefully and provide the correct information as we will not chase you further.

Applications without basic information included, including documentation listed below, will be prioritised lower than complete applications, which may result in a delay to you getting a decision.

Your application must include the following:

  • A copy of your degree certificate and complete transcript. If you are still studying, please provide your latest transcript plus a list of modules yet to be studied.

  • Evidence of your final or current overall % or GPA (see the country specific information below for further guidance if you are studying in China, India or Canada).

  • A copy of your grading scheme if this is not on your degree transcript.  This is essential if you are applying for a scholarship via the University.

  • A personal statement outlining your reasons for applying for your chosen course, showing evidence that you have an understanding of the programme, have good reasons for choosing it and what makes you a suitable candidate for the course (you should refer to your prior/current degree studies and any relevant work experience).  A good personal statement is generally 200-400 words.

  • An up-to-date CV showing your relevant work experience and education.

If you have them, please include the following:

  • Your approved English Language test (if applicable).

  • CAS, Visa and BRP – International students that have previously studied in the UK on a Tier 4 or Student visa.

We are sometimes able to issue a conditional offer without these documents, but if they are required we will not issue an unconditional offer until we have received them.

Documents which are not required:

  • References.

Country Specific Information

Applicants with Indian degrees:

If you have completed your degree you will need to provide official evidence of your final overall %, we do not use the GPA.  Please include your full transcripts and any grading scales (they may be on the reverse of your degree documents) with your application.

Your Standard XII may be acceptable as an English language qualification, please include a copy with your application if you have achieved 70% or greater.

Applicants with Chinese degrees:

You will need to provide official evidence of your current/final %, we do not use GPA. Your average must be weighted not arithmetic.

Applicants with Canadian degrees:

Please provide details of the grading system used on your transcript. This should include the percentage pass mark for your degree.

Please also state which language your degree was taught in (e.g. English or French).

When to apply

The School of Geography operates a staged admissions process for the following Masters courses with selection deadlines throughout the year:

Application deadlines for courses starting in September 2024 are shown in the table below.

If you apply before the application deadline for a particular stage, as shown below, you will normally receive a response on or before the “Decision by” date.

If you do not receive an offer in a particular stage, you will either be notified that your application has been unsuccessful, or we may carry your application forward to be considered in the next stage. Applications will only be carried forward once.

We receive a high volume of applications, therefore we may need more time to assess your application. If this is the case, we will carry your application to the next stage and notify you of this.


Application deadline

Decision by

Friday 22 November 2023
Friday 23 February 2024
Friday 9 February 2024
Friday 3 May 2024
Friday 19 April 2024
Friday 31 May 2024
Final international deadline: Friday 28 June 2024
Final international places awarded: Friday 26 July 2024
Final UK deadline: Friday 16 August 2024
Final UK places awarded: Friday 6 September 2024

Applications for each stage open immediately after the deadline for the previous stage. All deadlines are 23:59 UK time.

How to apply

There is an apply button on the course page, or you can apply online through the University of Leeds applicant portal.