Lifelong Learning Centre

BA Professional Studies

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A three-year interdisciplinary degree which explores issues from the perspective of different subject disciplines, has a clear focus on contemporary issues and has a strong focus on developing transferable skills and knowledge to prepare for employment.

Key Information

UCAS Code:

Course duration:
3 years full-time / 6 years part-time

Full or part-time:
Full-time or part-time


Where to apply:
Apply via UCAS for full-time, directly to the LLC for part-time

Contact number:
0113 343 3212

Contact email:

Programme Catalogue:
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We live in a world where there are no longer ‘jobs for life’. In this highly fluctuating and competitive economic climate, graduates need to be adaptable to the changing job market, to become empowered to believe in and develop their own potential, and to think broadly in order to develop a satisfying and productive career.

The Professional Studies degree at the University of Leeds gives you just that: a wide-ranging, grounded degree, with opportunities to tailor your studies to your own career goals so that you can build up a portfolio of relevant knowledge, skills and experience.

This programme is designed for those who want a degree that is relevant, contemporary and firmly grounded in the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for in professional roles today. It is of particular value for those who can already bring experience of life and work to their studies.

Programme structure

All students take two core strands each year, which, together, make up two-thirds of your studies:

  • Professional and project strand
    This focuses on skills relevant to employers and will encourage you to make links between academic and professional perspectives. Each year there is an opportunity for you to work on a project in a subject of your own choosing.
  • Interdisciplinary strand
    This strand looks at key contemporary issues that face modern professionals, such as globalisation, or equality and diversity. It shows how interdisciplinary approaches that draw on expertise and knowledge from a wide range of backgrounds can take our understanding further and challenge us to think in new ways.

Professional pathways

For the remaining third of your degree you will take one of the following pathways. These will either enable you to specialise in a particular area of professional development or give you scope to follow an interest or broaden your knowledge through the University’s huge choice of Discovery modules.

  • Discovery
    Discovery modules at the University of Leeds are provided by subject areas across the institution and represent one of the richest resources of learning available in any UK university. This means that you can customise the degree to your own interests through your choice of Discovery modules – either to broaden your knowledge across different subjects or to follow a particular specialism of your own, such as Creative Writing, criminal justice, languages, environmental studies and politics. Programme staff will discuss your options to help you to make choices that develop your academic interests and career potential.
  • Business Management
    On this pathway you will study business-focused modules which will introduce you to some of the key functions in business organisations and develop your managerial skills. In addition you will still benefit from the interdisciplinary nature of the programme which helps prepare you for the world of work, develop your analytical skills and your ability to consider issues from more than one point of view.
  • Child and Family Studies
    This pathway offers the opportunity to focus on developing a deeper understanding of the theory and practice of child and family studies, leading to a possible career working with children, young people and families. You will be able to use the professional and project and options strand to develop your knowledge and skills in the area of learning and teaching. Work placement during the course will enhance your employability when you graduate.
  • Learning and Teaching
    This pathway offers the opportunity to undertake a more focused route through the degree leading to a possible career in learning and teaching. This might be in schools, colleges, further and higher education, libraries, museum and hospital education and the voluntary sector. You will be able to use the professional and project and options strand to develop your knowledge and skills in the area of learning and teaching. Work placement during the course will enhance your employability when you graduate.

For more details of what you will study please see the modules page.