The University of Leicester is one of the UK’s oldest universities. It was founded in 1921 and is well known for providing high-quality university education and research programmes. It has strong scientific research capabilities, and is always in the UK’s top 10 university listings. Its DNA Genetic Technology and Space research are internationally renowned. The university’s libraries are comprised of the main library and professional libraries in Clinical Science, Education and Law, which have a collection of over one million volumes. In addition to books and periodicals, the library also possesses microfilm, dissertations and other specialised information. The computer centre provides general computer services for all students and staff in the university. The Student Union has about 120 clubs and associations, organising sports, social, cultural, religious and political activities, as well as academic associations. The International Students Association (ISA) has over 700 members, amongst one of the largest student associations in the country. The ISA annual cultural night is the climax event of the year, students from around the world sing, dance, play music and perform comedy.
The Number of Students and Teaching Staff
The current number of students at Leicester University is over 13,400. Overseas students account for 10% of the total number of students. There is more than 700 teaching staff at the university.
Academic disciplines at the University of Leicester have particularly strengths, including the following fields: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Medicine and Physics (including Astrophysics). The Association of MBAs (AMBA) accredits the university’s MBA course.
Rankings and Reputation
Overall ranking in 2010 by The Guardian: 15
Overall ranking in 2010 by The Times: 20
University of Leicester: Professional Courses
Biological Sciences, Cell Physiology and Pharmacology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Physics and Astronomy, Archaeology, Education, English, History, Art History, Law, Management, Finance, Media, Modern Languages, Political Science and International Relations, Social Work and Sociology.
Schools include: The Centre for Media and Communication Research (CMCR), Aerospace Research Centre, School of Liberal Arts, School of Law, Medicine, School of Biological Sciences, Science, Engineering, Economics, Management and Social Sciences.
Accommodation and Meals
The university provides dormitories in two categories, meals-provided and self-catering. Some dormitories are newly built, just a few minutes on foot to the campus. The more distant dormitories are located in the quiet suburbs, 4km from Leicester city centre. Most of the meals-provided dormitories are available for undergraduate students, although a small number will be allocated to graduate students that apply early. However, most of the graduates will be given self-catering dormitories. Some self-catering dormitories are open all year round and are especially suitable for the needs of graduate students. There are some limited meals-provided dormitories for graduate students who are willing to serve as dormitory deputy wardens. The university will try to provide as many self-catering single-rooms for new overseas students as possible. Therefore, students that wish to apply for a dormitory should apply as soon as possible after admission and before arrival in the UK. In addition, the university also provides services to help students wishing to rent a flat off-campus.
Liberal Arts: £9,100 per year
Science: £11,500 per year
Medicine: £19,900 per year
Accommodation and Meals
Approximately £7,000 per year
English Language Entry Requirements
- University Foundation IELTS 5.5 or above; TOEFL 550 or above
- Degrees: IELTS 6.0 or 6.5 or above (subject to the application subject); TOEFL 575 or above