• In the top 2% of universities in the world by the QS World University Rankings and rated 5 stars for excellence
• Awarded Silver in Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017
• 29th in the Complete University Guide 2018
• 34th in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
• 43rd in the Guardian University Guide 2018
• Runner-up University of the Year in the Times/Sunday Times University Guide 2014
• Leicester has won Times Higher Awards in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and most recently in 2013 for Outstanding Communications Team and Outstanding Fundraising Initiative. Leicester is the only university to win awards in seven consecutive years.
• In the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings
• 75% of the university’s research was judged to be internationally excellent with wide-ranging impacts on society, health culture, and the environment.
• Awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education on three occasions – the highest form of national recognition open to a UK academic or vocational institution
• The Association of Graduate Recruiters have recognised the University of Leicester as the best institution in the UK with the best initiative to prepare students for the world of work.
• In 2013, Leicester’s Students’ Union was named HE Students’ Union of the Year in the NUS Awards.
• In August 2015, HSBC announced for the second year running that the University of Leicester is the most affordable destination in Britain for both first and second-year students, according to their research.
Leicester’s College structure is:
The College of Life Sciences:
• Cancer Studies
• Cardiovascular Sciences
• Health Sciences
• Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
• Medical Education (including Operating Department Practice)
• Molecular and Cell Biology
• Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour
• Diabetes Research Centre
The College of Science and Engineering:
• Physics and Astronomy
• School of Geography, Geology & the Environment
The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities:
• Museum Studies
• Archaeology and Ancient History
• History, Politics and International Relations
• Leicester Law School
• School of Arts
• School of Business
• School of Media, Communication and Sociology
• Centre for American Studies
• Centre for Consumers and Essential Services
• Centre for English Local History
• Centre for European Law and Internationalisation
• Centre for Historical Archaeology
• Centre for New Writing
• Centre for Sustainable Work and Employment Futures
• Centre for the Study of the Country House
• Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies
• Centre for Urban History
• Legal Theory Reading Group
• Medieval Research Centre
• Research Centre for Museums and Galleries
• Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
• The Leicester Centre for Hate Crime Studies
• Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning
• Victorian Studies Centre
The University of Leicester is a leading UK university committed to international excellence through the creation of world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching.
Leicester was founded in 1921 as a memorial to the Great War. We have a proud history of ambitious projects that lead to amazing discoveries. The University is famous for the invention of genetic fingerprinting, its space research and for the discovery of the remains of King Richard III.
Leicester’s compact campus is within easy reach of one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. The campus is packed with excellent facilities and services including not only teaching buildings, student accommodation, libraries and shops but also Attenborough Arts Centre, O2 Academy, more than 30 sports clubs, student support and wellbeing services and a variety of societies at its award winning Students’ Union.
Our University offers a wide range of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate courses across three colleges: College of Life Sciences, College of Science and Engineering and College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. STEM Foundation Year courses are run for students who wish to study the sciences, engineering or mathematics at Leicester but do not have the traditional entry requirements. Undergraduate students can choose 1 of 3 pathways: single honours degrees focus on one subject, joint honours degrees splits time equally between 2 related subject areas such as English and history, and major-minor degrees split 2 subjects 75% and 25%. There are a diversity of combinations available from subject areas across the academic spectrum, providing students with greater flexibility and a broader knowledge base. Many courses offer modules from other related departments to add depth to studies. At postgraduate level, subjects offered include business & administrative studies, mass communications & documentation, social studies, education, medicine & dentistry, biological sciences, physical sciences, engineering & technology, computer science, languages, historical & philosophical studies, mathematical sciences and law.
Leicester boasts its excellent career development service. In 2016, the service won the Association of Graduate Recruiters award for having the best overall strategy for preparing students for work after graduation.
The Student Support Service provides a fully integrated support service for Leicester’s students including AccessAbility Centre, Counselling and Wellbeing, Student Welfare Service and Student Healthy Living. International students can also require advice regarding finance, visa or immigration, working in the UK and travel tips to and from the UK.
International Student Fees 2017/18:
|Undergraduate||Live in a non-EU country||A Year in Industry||A Year Abroad|
|Science degrees||£18,855||15% of the full-time tuition fee for that year||25% of the full-time tuition fee for that year|
|Non-science degrees||£15,290||N/A||25% of the full-time tuition fee for that year|
|Geography BSc and Physical Geography BSc degrees||£15,925||25% of the fee for that year||25% of the fee for that year|
|Medical degree||£18,855 per year for Years 1 and 2;
Years 3, 4 and 5 include the cost of clinical training in the National Health Service, therefore:
Postgraduate Taught: N/A
Postgraduate Research: £13,600 – £29,465 depending on subject taken
International Student Fees 2018/19:
Undergraduate: to be confirmed
Postgraduate Taught: £15,405 – £19,070 depending on subject taken, £21,930 for some
science degrees with industry
Postgraduate Research: £14,210 – £30,790 depending on subject taken
President’s Scholarship Scheme for full-time international (non-EU) students:
Undergraduate:10% reduction in tuition fees
Postgraduate: £3,500 in the form of reduction in tuition fees
Undergraduate scholarships and fee discounts:
• President’s Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme
• College of Science and Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme
• Family Loyalty Discount
Postgraduate scholarships and fee discounts:
• President’s Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
• Head of College Scholarship Scheme
• College of Science and Engineering Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme
• Santander scholarships
• Chevening Scholarships
• Saïd Foundation Scholarships programme
• Family Loyalty Discount
• Alumni Loyalty Discount
• Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
For 2018/19 prices vary from £84.50 – £175.70 per week depending on type of room and facilities
Other budget and living costs:
A minimum budget for living in Leicester would be £9,000 – £10,000 a year.
Employability and Careers
The Career Development Service is able to provide students with insight into a wide range of careers, build employer relations and a personalized service.
The team has been awarded twice by graduate employers for having the best strategy for preparing students for work after Uni.