The University was founded as Leicestershire and Rutland University College in 1921. Thomas Fielding Johnson, donated the site as he wanted to create a living memorial for those who had lost their lives during the First World War. This is reflected in the University's motto Ut Vitam Habeant – 'so that they may have life'.
Students were first admitted to the college in 1921 and in 1927 and in 1957 the college was granted its Royal Charter.
The University has established itself as a leading research-led institution and is famous for the invention of genetic fingerprinting and for the discovery of the remains of King Richard III.
The University’s campus is compact and a few minutes walk from the city centre. The student residential village is about 10-15 minutes walk from the main campus.
University of Leicester is ranked =185th in the Times Higher Education rankings, it is ranked between 301-400th in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Leicester is not a member of the Russell Group of universities.
University of Leicester is ranked 61st in the National Student Survey Satisfaction rankings.
There are approximately 7,000 international students at Leicester university from over 70 countries. They represent about 41% of all students at the university.
Pathway entry for international students - Leicester's International Study Centre offers foundation courses leading to degree course entry.
For more information, please visit Pathway & Foundation page.
Leicester university has approximately 17,000 students in total, just over 11,000 undergraduates and just under 6,000 postgraduates.
94.4% of Leicester university graduates enter directly into work, further study or training within 6 months of graduation (source:HESA). A breakdown of post graduation employment by course, showing the split into professional/managerial positions, rather than general employment figures, is available from Unistats an independent source of university data. For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
There are more than 120 student societies to join at the University of Leicester ranging from Geology, Music, and Freerunning to Friends of Medicine.
The university has a five storey Library with more than 1500 study spaces; the Richard Attenborough Centre with an arts programme of music, dance, performance and gallery space; shops and cafes.
The O2 Academy Leicester opened in 2012 on the university campus and houses three music venues with students able to get priority tickets for many events.
Students have access to a range of sporting activities including squash, martial arts, football, netball, dance, basketball, circuit training and fitness classes. Sports facilities are housed at the Danielle Brown Sports Centre and The Roger Bettles Sports Centre. Indoor and outdoor pitches are also available.
Set in a residential location adjacent to the Botanical Gardens and University Sports Facilities, the Oadby Student Village is based very near the main campus.
A number of room types are available with self-catering options. The lowest price for a single room with shared bathroom and kitchen is £87.00 per week. There are currently no catered options available.
International undergraduate tuition fee examples:
Fees for full time undergraduate courses start at £17,450 for Arts, Humanities and Business related subjects, rising to £21,515 for Science and Engineering courses. Medicine for 2022 -TBC.
REF (Research Excellence Framework) was an independent government review conducted into the quality of research at UK universities and published in December 2014. This information highlights subjects of specialism within each university. We have listed all subject areas where at least 60% of the research conducted in these specific fields has been graded 3 or 4 stars. (4 stars being the highest ranking REF award). For more information, please visit the REF Information page.
The University of Leicester offers distance learning across multi-disciplines to Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor, and Masters level. Examples of courses include: MA Intelligence and Security, MA Media and Public Relations, and MSc Marketing.