The University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, and consistently ranked in the UK Top 20. It is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK, and renowned globally for the quality of its teaching and research. It remains one of the most popular choices for students, and attracts one of the highest number of applications among all UK universities. The university is located on a single-site campus, just a short walk from Leeds’ vibrant city centre.

Key Facts


  • #15 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
  • #18 in the Guardian Good University Guide 2021
  • #16 in the Complete University Guide 2021

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • Over 26,000

Latest postgraduate enrolment

  • Under 10,000

Year founded

  • 1904

  • It holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) Gold Award.
  • There are 8 faculties, including Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine and Health, Biological Sciences, Business, Environment, Maths and Physical Sciences, and the university offers over 500 undergraduate courses.
  • The university is one of employers’ favourite recruiting grounds according to the 2018 High Fliers graduate market survey.
  • In the National Student Survey 2018, 88% of final year Leeds students said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the course - five points above the national average.
Areas of recognition

The 2020 Times Higher Education World subject rankings place Leeds in the Top 100 for Life Sciences and Arts/Humanities globally.

Within the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 Leeds is ranked 2nd in the UK for Accounting and Finance and Radiography, 3rd for Criminology, 4th for Food Science, 6th for Communication and Media Studies, for Law, for Mechanical Engineering, Sociology and for Social Policy, 8th for Anatomy and Physiology, 9th for Civil Engineering, 10th for Business Studies, for Classics and Ancient History, for Economics and for Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Kings alumni at University of Leeds

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