Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

How to Apply

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Applications can be accepted all year round. Research degrees can start on the 1st of any month, although we would suggest October or January wherever possible. Please allow at least one month for us to process your application and bear in mind that the turn-around time may increase over the Christmas, Easter and summer vacations. You may also wish to consider the deadlines set by funding bodies since most require you to have at least a conditional place at an institution before your funding application will be accepted. Some guidelines are below:

Early December (for international students wishing to apply for international scholarships; also suggested for any applicant looking for external funding)

January (the latest application for study date for those wishing to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council funding)

Mid-April (the latest application for study date for Home/EU students wishing to apply for University of Leeds scholarships)

Entry Requirements

Applicants for both research programmes should have a good Honours degree in a related subject (2:1 or equivalent).  Applicants for research programmes will normally be enrolled on or have completed a Masters degree. Candidates with other relevant experience/qualifications may be considered and may be asked to attend for interview. Further requirements may also be stipulated in individual cases. International students also require IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components (or equivalent).

Applications procedure

All applications for postgraduate study should be made online. You may apply for more than one programme of study within the same application form.

All applicants to research programmes are required to submit a detailed research proposal up to 2,000 words in length. This is the most crucial part of the application. Applicants are strongly advised to contact appropriate individual members of staff in advance of submitting a formal application in order to explore the feasibility of their research proposal. Guidelines on writing a research proposal.

Materials required

We require the following material in support of your application. Please either upload this material as part of the application process or send all that is applicable as soon as possible after submitting your application to:

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Music
University of Leeds

Research programmes:

  • two academic references
  • transcripts (original copies required) from Bachelors and Master (if applicable) degrees
  • certificates from Bachelors and Master (if applicable) degrees
  • Proof of English Language proficiency (original copies required) if applicable

International Students

For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum requirements are: 6.5 IELTS or equivalent for MA, MMus and research programmes. 6.0 IELTS for the Graduate Diploma in Music.

The University of Leeds Language Centre provides a range of English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional courses which are designed to help international students develop the necessary language and academic study skills required for successful study. Courses start in September, January, April, July or August.  For further information, please visit the Language Centre’s website or contact the Language Centre via e-mail : langc@leeds.ac.uk

For help with this and other issues, please visit the International Centre website (opens in a new window)

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