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  • International Fees From

    £17,450 UG

  • World Ranking

    =185th in Times HE
    301-400th in Shanghai

  • Students

    11,000 UG
    6,000 PG

  • International


  • Employability


  • Accommodation

    from £87.00 p/w

University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, United Kingdom

The University of Leicester is based in the city of Leicester in the East Midlands of England.

Leicester is the 13th largest city in the United Kingdom with a population of approximately 330,000. It is one of the oldest cities in England and appears in the Domesday Book. Ancient Roman pavements and baths remain to this day, alongside evidence of its rapid urbanisation throughout the Industrial Revolution. Today Leicester is a cosmopolitan city which combines English traditions with multicultural activities.

Road and rail links are good and Leicester is 100 miles from London. The nearest airport to Leicester is East Midlands Airport which is a short drive away or readily accessible by train; it operates flights to a select number of countries mainly within Europe. Leicester is just under under two hour’s drive, or a 150 minute train journey, to Heathrow airport, one of the UK’s major international airports providing flights to Dubai, New York, Frankfurt and Dublin and more than 180 other destinations.

The average lowest temperature in and around Leicester is between 0-1.5 degrees in January. The average highest temperature is 22 degrees in July.

  • History

    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 Jaio 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.

    Subject Areas

    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.

    • Archaeology
    • Biological Sciences
    • Business and Management Studies
    • Chemistry
    • Clinical Medicine
    • Computer Science and Informatics
    • Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
    • Engineering
    • English Language and Literature
    • Geography and Environmental Studies
    • History
    • Law
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Physics
    • Politics and International Studies
    • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
    • Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care
    • Social Work and Social Policy
    • Sociology
    • Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism

    Online Courses

    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.

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