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Leeds Beckett University

Leeds Beckett University can boast of more than 185 years of academic heritage, dating back to 1824, and having acquired university status in 1992. In 2010, Leeds Beckett University was rated the top university in the UK for language support, accommodation quality and learning spaces by the International Student Barometer.

Main Campus:
Leeds City

Leeds City

Student Population:

 Arts, Environment & Technology; Business & Law; Health and Social Sciences


Why Choose the Leeds Beckett University?

Leeds Beckett University can boast of more than 185 years of academic heritage, dating back to 1824, and having acquired university status in 1992. In 2010, Leeds Beckett University was rated the top university in the UK for language support, accommodation quality and learning spaces by the International Student Barometer.


Teaching quality

Leeds Beckett University is one of the largest and most multicultural universities in the UK – having more than 3,000 international students studying in its City Campus and the 94-acre Headingley Campus from 100 different countries.

  • With over 1,500 academic staff, including many that have been recognised for their teaching excellence, the University provides an array of courses towards which are innovative and internationally competitive.
  • The University’s academic staff have been awarded 7 prestigious Higher Education Academy (HEA) National Teaching Fellowships, with associated project funding of over £400,000.
  • The University is a vanguard of innovation in curriculum areas including Public Relations, Events Management, Men’s Health, Creative Enterprise and Sports Coaching.
  • Leeds Metropolitan has been rated the top university in the UK for language support by the ISB.
  • The University provides free English Language support under a competitive ‘8 points of excellence’ scheme awarded by the British Council.
  • Part-time language provision is the largest campus-based programme in the UK with over 2,000 learners studying 25 foreign languages.
  • It is the first university in the UK to be recognised as a Centre for Excellence in Tourism.


Research and Enterprise

A leading international University committed to excellence in research: the uncovering of new knowledge is a key aim of the University.

  • The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) identified “world leading” research activity in all Units of Assessment returned by the University.
  • Achieving its best results in the latest RAE, Sports-Related Studies (including sports science, tourism, leisure studies and events management) at Leeds Metropolitan are ranked in the top 6 in the country with research rated as including “world leading” activities.
  • Art and Design, and Library and Information Management were also assessed to have “world leading” research.
  • The University has earned over £15 million in research and enterprise income in the 2009/10 academic year, with sources of income including consultancy, collaborative research, short courses for industry and commerce and research income from charities.
  • The University’s Centre of Excellence in Learning and Technology (CETL) is one of only 3 Enterprise CETLs nationally.
  • The University has over 380 research students, almost all of whom are doctoral degree candidates. In 2010/11, they produced 41 doctoral graduates, who contributed leading research in their respective fields.
  • In 2010/11, University staff worked with over 2900 organisations in including SMEs, large companies, charities and non-profits.


Student satisfaction

Leeds Beckett University offers excellent facilities for students and has achieved consistently high student satisfaction scores.

  • The most recent National Student Survey results indicate that the overall satisfaction of its students is high, at 77%.
  • It’s Customer Service Excellence accredited Library is open 24/7, all throughout the year and is rated 6th in the world by the International Student Barometer.
  • The Students Union upholds an outstanding reputation for commitment in community service with around 14,000 hours of volunteer service annually.
  • The University has an exceptional reputation for sport performance, with teaching and research being the top in the UK for Women’s sport and 2nd in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) table in 2010.
  • The City Campus boasts award-winning buildings, including: The Rose Bowl (home of the Faculty of Business and Law) with its Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) ‘Excellent’ rating and an award for the Best Commercial Development in Property in 2009, and the Broadcasting Place (home of the Faculty of Arts, Environment & Technology) with its Leeds Architectural Award (best new building) in 2010, Best  Tall Building in world 2010 by a council for global architects and the Best Commercial Development at the Yorkshire Property awards 2010.
  • The on-campus student’s residence, Carnegie Village, was given the BREEAM Multi Residential Award in 2010 and highly commended in the Green Gown Sustainable Construction awards, as well as being awarded a commendation in the ‘New Building’ category in the Leeds Architecture Awards in 2010.
  • It is the only university in the Sunday Times Best Green Company Awards 2008 and the first English university to achieve the International Organisation Standard (ISO) 14001 for environmental management.


Employable Graduates

Leeds Beckett University helps students to develop their abilities and broaden their experience so that students leave their course ready for their chosen career.

  • The University helps hundreds of students find relevant work placements while at university and offers a dedicated service to support students in preparing for their career.
  • Since 2002, the University has helped 150 student business start-ups, providing business advice, access to grants, networking opportunities and start-up accommodation for students and recent graduates.
  • The Careers Office is dedicated to offering expert advice and a host of resources to help all students choose and gain employment through its Career Mentoring services.
  • Annual Student Showcases are held for graduating students and can help secure employment even before graduation. Numerous graduates have secured positions in internationally-known companies and multinationals based in the UK and around the globe prior to their graduation.
  • Students also have the opportunity to participate in student exchange and study abroad programmes. The University offers a range of international and European positions through its strong partnerships with the university-wide International Exchange Programme and Erasmus Programme.
  • In addition to foreign language courses, students are also offered free IT courses to help boost graduate employability by earning an internationally recognised Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate (MOS).
  • The University’s Job Shop offers about 160,000 hours of paid work each year to both students and graduates, providing valuable work experience and the opportunity to enhance student’s CV’s.


Areas Of Study

Variety of Courses

Leeds Beckett University offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, part time study towards a degree, short stay courses, continuing professional development and work based learning.

  • Fields in which the University offers degrees include:
  • Cultural Studies
  • Events
  • Economic & International Business
  • Film, Television & Performing arts
  • Education
  • Health
  • English Language (study and teaching)
  • Hospitality
  • Tourism & Entertainment Management
  • Languages
  • Interactive Media
  • Law
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Marketing & Retailing
  • Applied Global Ethics
  • Music
  • Architecture, Landscape & Design
  • Nursing
  • Business & Management
  • Public Relations & Journalism
  • Civil Engineering and & Construction Management
  • Social Sciences
  • Computing
  • Sport
  • Contemporary Art & Graphic Design
  • Surveying and Planning
  • Over 300 courses are available and are continually evolving to meet the requirements of students, employers and industry needs. They combine theoretical studies with practical real-world experience, to achieve academic excellence.
  • Many of the University’s courses offer a ‘sandwich year’ option which provides one year’s employment experience through a placement programme with first-class employers.
  • Teaching and support is focused on developing students into enterprising and confident graduates, equipped to seize every opportunity and well placed to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.
  • A mid-year intake in January is available for some programmes.


Campus Facilities


Leeds is the cultural, financial and commercial centre of the West Yorkshire Urban Area and is an integral part of the Leeds-Bradford Metropolitan Area making it the 4th largest metropolitan area in the UK. Whether you are interested in parks or pubs, theatres or cinemas, shopping or sightseeing, museums or art galleries, dancing non-stop throughout the weekend or eating every cuisine under the sun, Leeds can definitely meet your requirements. Leeds is an exciting city for university students and graduates with a myriad of activities and a diverse, multi-cultural working environment that many thrive in.

The Leeds Beckett University’s main Campus is located at the heart of Leeds and is accessible via the city’s main transport links. Its nearest airport, the Leeds Bradford International Airport is within 10 miles of the city center and provides direct connection to national, European, and international destinations. The main campus is also mere minutes away from Leeds Station which provides rail and bus links to major cities in the UK including London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Cardiff.

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