University of Leicester

  • Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.03 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.93 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.78 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    72.1 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours Good Honours

    The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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    77.2 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    91.8 / 100.0


  • Founded in 1921 and gained its Royal Charter in 1957, Leicester is one of Britain's older universities.
  • The university site was donated in order to create a living memorial for those who gave their lives during World War One.
  • The university has an international reputation for the excellence of its teaching and research.
  • Leicester is famous for the invention of genetic fingerprinting, its space research and for the discovery of the remains of King Richard III.

Location and Transport

  • Leicester is located in the heart of England and well connected by road, rail and air.
  • Leicester is the most affordable university destination in Britain for both first and second-year students, based on 2014 research from HSBC.
  • Leicester is one of the most diverse cities in the UK. The city centre combines heritage and history with culture, shopping, music, nightlife and sport.
  • Leicester is well served by public transport including trains to London every 30 minutes.The railway station is close to the campus. East Midlands Airport is 30km (19 miles) from the city with buses running every 30 minutes.

Entry Requirements

  • A level and GCSE requirements vary between courses and departments.
  • Typical offers range from AAA (Medicine, Law) to BBB with most departments requiring around AAB–ABB.
  • International students need to demonstrate a good level of written and spoken English.
  • Find out more about entry requirements at the University of Leicester, please visit our website.

Student Mix

The 17,995 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 61%
  • Postgraduate 39%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 85%
  • Part Time 15%


  • UK 66%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 29%

Student gender

  • Male 51%
  • Female 49%

Course Flexibility

  • Leicester offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
  • Many of our courses also offer modules from other related departments to add depth to your studies.
  • Many courses include the opportunity to study abroad or spend a year in industry.
  • Our Vaughan Centre of Lifelong Learning offers a first port of call for students wanting to study part-time or for mature students returning to education.
  • Leicester runs STEM Foundation Year courses for students who wish to study the sciences, Engineering or Mathematics at Leicester but don't have the traditional entry requirements.

Undergraduate students can choose one of three pathways:

  • Single Honours Degrees focus on one subject.
  • Joint Honours Degrees split your time equally between two related subject areas e.g. English and History.
  • Our new Major/Minor Degrees split two subjects 75% and 25%.

There are a wide range of combinations available from subject areas across the academic spectrum, providing you with greater flexibility and a broader knowledge base.

Teaching Standards

  • Leicester believes that teaching is most inspirational when it is delivered by passionate academics engaged in world-changing research.
  • Since the launch of the National Student Survey in 2005, Leicester has consistently featured amongst the top universities in England for student satisfaction.
  • Leicester has one of the strongest student completion rates. 91% of our students leave the sector with an award according to government performance indicators.
  • The university has won three Queen's Anniversary Awards for our world-class work in Higher Education.
  • Some courses have accreditation from professional bodies.

Research Standards

  • Leicester is internationally renowned for ground-breaking research and continually attracts world-class academics.
  • From the invention of genetic fingerprinting, pioneering space explorations and breakthroughs in the treatment of degenerative diseases through to our discovery for King Richard III – our work is world- leading and makes a significant impact.
  • Our multidisciplinary approach, using teams or individuals from across the University to integrate information, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts and theories, helps us to advance understanding, solve problems and make a genuine difference to the world.
  • The university has invested significant amounts in new research centres and technology to keep us at the forefront of research and innovation.
  • The vast majority of research at Leicester is recognised to be of global significance, with 75 per cent judged to be internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rankings.
  • We continue to foster young research talent at Leicester, creating unique opportunities for our thriving postgraduate research community and early career researchers to demonstrate the significance of their work, including an annual Festival of Postgraduate Research to celebrate our very best rising research stars.

Academic Strengths

  • We believe that teaching is inspirational when delivered by passionate scholars engaged in world changing research.
  • We believe this enriches the learning experience and equips students with valuable life and professional skills.
  • Strengths stretch across our three colleges: Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities; Science and Engineering; Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology
  • World-class reputation for work in Cardiovascular Medicine, Physics and Space Science, Economics, Engineering, Law, English, Historical Studies, Archaeology, Mathematics, Genetics, and across the Biological Sciences.

Undergraduate Courses

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Student Facilities

  • Run by students for students, the Students’ Union aims to ensure your experience at Leicester is exceptional.
  • The recently revamped Students' Union building is the perfect place to catch up with friends. It also houses a 1,500 capacity O2 Academy – making Leicester the only university campus in Britain with its own O2.
  • The state-of-the-art £36m David Wilson Library is located the heart of campus.
  • The library provides over one million printed volumes and extensive online resources, along with group study rooms, self-service check-out and returns and wireless connectivity. A staffed Help Zone, 24 hour opening times, a book shop and café create a first-class study environment.
  • We have around 1,400 computers at the university. There is access to computers 24 hours and at weekends. Wi-fi is available across campus.
  • We offer language learning opportunities for campus-based students, with classes from beginners’ level upwards through our Languages at Leicester programme.
  • Halls of Residence have free broadband internet access in study bedrooms.

Disability Services

  • The AccessAbility Centre offers a wide range of support services to disabled students.
  • Each academic department has an AccessAbility Tutor who is a point of contact for students with specific learning difficulties or disabilities.
  • For information, telelphone/minicom 0116 252 5002, email or visit the website.

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union is a stunning social space and boasts fantastic facilities, including cafés, restaurants, a bank, new shops, welfare provision and a student resource centre.
  • The Union is also home to OAcademy Leicester – three superb live music venues, guaranteeing top acts all year round and a host of great club nights and entertainment.
  • Leicester has more than 100 clubs and societies that run alongside associations including RAG (Raising and Giving) and Contact (student volunteering). Societies cover a huge range – politics, performing arts, religious groups, media, the specialist and zany.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university and Student Union itself employs many students in a range of roles.
  • Our Unitemps service offers temporary employment opportunities to current and former students.
  • The Career Development Service works with global and local organisations to bring you a range of opportunities you can apply for and engage in.
  • We use a number of students each year to work as student ambassadors, helping with campus tours, open days and many other activities across the university.

Careers Guidance

  • Our Career Development Service supports you throughout your academic journey. From the day you start through to graduation and beyond we will always be there to guide you towards your professional goals.
  • Our Career Development Service has access to hundreds of paid internships which are a great opportunity to build your experience and confidence.
  • Volunteering is great way of gaining experience. We can help you to find the right volunteering opportunities and, through our Leicester Award, providing clear evidence to employers of your commitment to developing yourself above and beyond your degree studies.
  • The Leicester Award is a scheme which formally recognises volunteering, part-time work and training courses that you do alongside your studies. The Award will help you develop, assess, recognise and record the employability skills you are developing during your time at Leicester.
  • Your Leicester Award activities are unique to you and mean that your CV will stand out from the competition.
  • Our Career Development Service can help you develop the skills and abilities that can help get you to where you want to be after university.
  • You can work with the Career Development Service from your first year. Whatever your career aspirations there is a huge range of activities and workshops on offer.
  • Leicester students have access to MyCareers, a personal online employability portal where you can find out about all the events, activities and workshops on offer. It also lets you book a one-to-one appointment with careers advisers, find out about internships, work placements and graduate jobs.
  • Our five-day Festival of Careers is one of the largest graduate recruitment events in the UK.
  • The Career Development Service's work saw them awarded by the Association of Graduate Recruiters for having the best overall strategy for preparing students for work in 2015.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • We’re continually developing our facilities with you in mind. A recent investment of £55m combined with our £1b development plan, will support our on-going campus development – ensuring we provide comprehensive resources that meet the needs of modern and ambitious students.
  • The state-of-the-art David Wilson Library and Students’ Union are evidence of our commitment to providing a fantastic all round student experience.
  • Our new £42m Centre for Medicine opened at Easter 2016. This is the largest investment in medical teaching and applied research by a UK university in the last decade. It will also be the largest building in the UK built to the Passivhaus standard, which means that the building will use very little additional energy for heating or cooling.

Notable Alumni

  • Dr Paul Abel – co-presenter on the BBC’sSky at Nightand columnist for the Sky at Night Magazine.
  • Lukwesa Barnes – Sky News anchor.
  • Sam Barnett – entrepreneur, Sam founded the multimillion pound targeting advertising company Struq Ltd.
  • Paul Bateman – Chief Executive of J P Morgan Asset Management.
  • Graham Beale – Chief Executive of the Nationwide Building Society.
  • Natalie Bennett – Leader of the Green Party and former editor of the Guardian Weekly. Founder of the Carnival of Feminists.
  • Ian Bishop – cricket commentator and former member of the West Indian cricket team.
  • Professor David Blanchflower CBE – economist and former member of Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee.
  • Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell – Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath.
  • Danielle Brown – paralympian gold medallist in archery and holder of various archery world records.
  • Dr Philip Campbell – Editor-in-Chief of Nature, a science journal and was the founder of Physics World. For ten years, until 2012, he was a trustee of Cancer Research UK and a chairman of the charity's Public Policy Advisory Group.
  • Professor Anthony Chapman FRSA – Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.
  • Michael Cordy – novelist, who has written six novels, includingThe Messiah Code, which reached no. 5 The Sunday Times Bestseller list.
  • Heather Couper CBE – astronomer and presenter, Heather has presented various radio shows relating to astronomy and is theIndependent’s Astronomy Correspondent.
  • Sue Cook – TV Presenter and Author. Screen credits include presenting Crimewatch, Nationwide and Children in Need.
  • Professor Sir Liam Donaldson – former Chief Medical Officer and principal advisor to the government on health matters.
  • Dr Carol Galley – businesswoman who was a Director of Mercury Asset Management. The Group was the largest investment manager in the UK.
  • Diana Garnham – Chief Executive of the Science Council, the umbrella organisation for various learned societies and professional bodies across science and its applications.
  • Graham Goode – horse racing Commentator for Channel 4.
  • Lord Bruce Grocott – former Chief Whip of the House of Lords.
  • Gillian Hargreaves – BBC education correspondent.
  • Christopher Hayman – Chairman of Hayman Limited, a Fine Alcohols Division and a Drinks Division with a portfolio of Gin and Vodkas, most notably Beefeater Gin.
  • Nigel Henbest – award-winning science populariser, specialising in astronomy and space. Founded the leading international TV production company, Pioneer Productions. Written 36 books and over 1,000 articles on astronomy. Previously Astronomy Consultant toNew Scientist, editor of theJournal of the British Astronomical Associationand media consultant to theRoyal Greenwich Observatory.
  • Jeff Herdman – Non-executive chairman at building repairs specialist Prism Network. Formerly the Managing Director of Oval Insurance Broking Limited. Played rugby for Swansea, Wales “B” and the Barbarians, as well as Leicester Tigers while studying at Leicester. Went on to coach Swansea and then the Barbarians.
  • Phelan Hill – coxswain of the British eight. A multiple medal winner, including bronze in the 2012 Olympics for the men’s eight and gold in the 2013 World Cup Series in Sydney and Eton Dorney.
  • Valerie Howarth, Baroness Howarth of Breckland OBE – British politician and a member of the House of Lords. She is one of the board members of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service. Former Chief Executive of ChildLine.
  • Atifete Jahjaga – first female President of the Republic of Kosovo, the first non-partisan candidate, the first female head of state in the modern Balkans and the youngest to be elected to the office. Served as Deputy Director of the Kosovo Police, holding the rank of Major General, the highest among women in Southeastern Europe.
  • Jyrki Katainen – Prime Minister of Finland and the chairman of the National Coalition Party.
  • John Kennedy OBE – music mogul and founding member of Band Aid and Live Aid.
  • Norman Lamb – Liberal Democrat MP and Chief Parliamentary and Political Advisor to Nick Clegg.
  • Dame Suzi Leather DL – Chair of The Charity Commission.
  • Lieutenant-General Gordon Messenger DSO OBE – Royal Marines officer who served as British Commander of Task Force Helmand, during the 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines deployment to Helmand province, Afghanistan on Operation Herrick IX from 2008 to 2009. He is currently Deputy Commander of NATO Allied Land Command. 
  • Bob Mortimer – English comedian and actor, best known for his double act with Vic Reeves. Owner of the independent production company Pett Productions with Vic Reeves and Lisa Clark and voice of Churchill the Dog in adverts for Churchill Insurance.
  • Michael Nicholson OBE – journalist and former ITN Senior Foreign Correspondent.
  • Vicky Orvice – sports journalist forThe Sun, first female staff football writer in the country and was the only woman chairman of the British Athletics Writers Association in their 48 year history.
  • Adele Parks – author with ten Timestop ten best-selling books.
  • Sir Norman Rosenthal – independent curator and art historian.
  • Kate Riley – Sky Sports News Reporter
  • Professor Nilesh Samani – British Heart Foundation’s Professor of Cardiology and Head of Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the University of Leicester.
  • Kathleen Soriano – Director of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts.
  • Sir Peter Soulsby – Labour MP and first elected mayor of Leicester City.
  • Lord John Stevens of Kirkwhelpington QPM DL FRSA –  former Head of the Metropolitan Police Service.
  • Professor Laurie Taylor – sociologist and BBC Radio 4 Presenter forThinking Allowed.
  • Jon Tickle – co-presenter ofBraniac: Science Abuse. He is an Information Architect at British Gas.
  • Tony Underwood – former England Rugby Union player.
  • Julian Worricker – TV and Radio Presenter, presentingYou and Yourson BBC Radio 4 andThe World Todayon the World Service.
  • Aaron Porter – former President of the National Union of Students (NUS) in the UK.
  • The late Malcolm Bradbury – author and academic.
  • The late Baron C.P. Snow CBE – novelist.
  • The late Storm Thorgerson – graphic designer, has designed album covers for Pink Floyd, Muse, 10cc, and many more. Storm’s most famous design is the cover for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.
  • The late Professor Sir Alan Walters – economist, former Chief Economic Advisor to PM Margaret Thatcher, former economic advisor to the World Bank.

Further Details

Address University of Leicester
University Road
UCAS Code L34