University of Leicester

Leicester, England


The University of Leicester is a public research university based in Leicester, England. The main campus is south of the city centre, adjacent to Victoria Park. In 1957, the university’s predecessor (University College, Leicester) gained university status.

For 2018/19, the university is nationally ranked 34th in The Sunday Times Good University Guide, 63rd by The Guardian University Guide and 29th in The Complete University Guide. It is ranked as one of the top 200 universities in the world by the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the 25th in the United Kingdom. The university had an income of £302.8 million in 2016/17, of which £52.2 million was from research grants.

The main campus is a mile south of the city centre, adjacent to Victoria Park and Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College. The skyline of the university is punctuated by three distinctive, towering, buildings from the 1960s: the Department of Engineering, the Attenborough tower and the Charles Wilson building.

New students entering the university in 2015 had the 42nd highest UCAS Points in the UK at 374 points (the equivalent of BBC at A Level and BC at AS Level). According to the 2017 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, approximately 2% of Leicester’s undergraduates come from independent schools.

The University is held in high regard for the quality of its teaching.19 subject areas have been graded as “Excellent” by the Quality Assurance Agency – including 14 successive scores of 22 points or above stretching back to 1998, six of which were maximum scores.

Leicester was ranked joint first in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction among mainstream universities in England. It was second only to Cambridge in 2008 and again joint first in 2009.

34 in League Table Ranking of The Complete University Guide
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver rating
Type University Public
Year Founded 1957
Size Large
16,800 Students


3,4 years
Course Durations Available

TEF Rating

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK.

Courses Available

  • Accounting, Business, Management and Marketing
  • Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Foreign Studies (Language, Literature and Linguistics)
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts


How to Apply?

Accepts UCAS

For International Students

6.0 Minimum IELTS Score
IELTS Requirement: Required
TOEFL Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of IELTS)
Deadlines and Important Dates
Deadline of application via UCAS for majority of undergraduate courses

Cost and Scholarships

£ 15,160
Average Tuition Fee
(For International Students)

Types of Scholarships Available

Regional (EU and International)


President's Undergraduate Scholarship Scheme
Total Worth £2,000 discount on tuition fee for each year of full-time study at the University, up to a maximum of three years
Eligibility and Requirements Minimum AAB in A Levels, 32 points in IB, or 75% or A or AAB (depending on grading system) in International Foundation year (taken in UK)
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details You must be classified as an international student (non-EU) for fee purposes. The scholarship will not apply if an industrial placement or exchange year is undertaken, or if you suspend your studies for any reason. In accordance with scholarship guidelines, students are allowed to hold only one University of Leicester scholarship, awarded either centrally or by a department. If you are awarded more than one scholarship, you will therefore receive only the higher value award. You cannot combine this scholarship with a full scholarship (for tuition fees and living costs) from any other source. You must inform us of any other scholarships/sponsorship currently held, or awarded at a later date. Our scholarship may be adjusted or withdrawn if other sources of funding have been awarded. If you have a partial scholarship from other sources you will still be considered for the President's Undergraduate Scholarship. The scholarship is only valid for entry in September 2019. If you enroll on a Medicine degree, you will not be eligible for the scholarship.
Centenary Scholarship for Excellence
Total Worth £500-£4,000
Eligibility and Requirements For students with a Home or EU tuition fee status Undergraduate campus-based courses beginning in September 2019 or April 2020 (includes deferrals from 2018) Only qualifications that carry UCAS tariff points can be counted You must have been offered a place on a course and made a firm commitment to the University of Leicester, by making it your firm choice ('conditional firm' or 'unconditional firm')
Available for International Students No
Application Deadline --
Other Details The following are not eligible: Students taking Medicine MBChB, Distance Learning courses, Postgraduate courses and PGCE Direct entrants to year two Students with an overseas tuition fee status Students who join Leicester through the Clearing process Students who become firm with Leicester by default, i.e. by being rejected by one of your other choices
Family Loyalty Discount
Total Worth 10% fee discount
Eligibility and Requirements Must be the sibling, spouse or child of someone who is either currently studying on, or has graduated from, a full-time course here at the University of Leicester. That relative must also be (or have been) classified as an international (non-EU) student.
Available for International Students Yes
Application Deadline --
Other Details You cannot receive the Family Loyalty Discount if you have already received another discount/scholarship from the University, such as the Alumni Loyalty Discount.