Student support

Undergraduate student receiving support at the University of Leeds

At the School of Medicine we aim to fully support you throughout the course of your studies, providing a friendly and supportive environment from day one.

We know that for many of you, university may be your first time living away from home or even in the country. We also understand that medical students face many challenges, both academic and personal, and with this in mind we have a substantial range of student health and counselling services available. Our student support team includes an experienced team of administrators to provide guidance to you on a day-to-day basis and who will be well placed to address any queries you may have.

In addition to the support provided by the School of Medicine, Leeds University Union operates a student advice centre which offers comprehensive advice on all aspects of student life.

Personal tutors

Key to our student support provision is our personal tutor programme: as a student at the School of Medicine you will be assigned a personal tutor who will work with you to help identify and address any problems, ensuring that you are able to make the most of your learning opportunities at Leeds.

Personal tutors are usually doctors or academic staff assigned to support you during your time with us as an undergraduate medical student. The role of a personal tutor is to provide you with academic and/or pastoral support should you require it, or alternatively to refer you to a person or service better placed to help you. The advice offered by personal tutors may be specifically about your course of study or could relate to your future career or personal life. 

Share your personal problems

The School of Medicine is aware of the significant challenges experienced by medical students in the course of their studies and have put services in place that may be able to help you cope during difficult periods of your life. If you are experiencing a problem or crisis in your personal life, such as a bereavement or illness, there will be help available to you.

Your personal tutor will always be on-hand as the first point of contact and the Student Counselling Centre can work with you to manage your wellbeing and mental health. It's important to us that our students don't suffer in silence and that you feel able to approach your personal tutor or the wider University support network to seek help when you feel that you need it.

Programme-specific support

There is a wealth of resources available to support you with any issues encountered that relate specifically to your chosen programme of study, such as timetable clashes. Course tutors, personal tutors, ICU managers and the Learning and Teaching Office will all be on-hand to resolve any concerns and to address any queries you may have.


During your time studying at the School of Medicine you will have the opportunity to self-reflect and will be encouraged to begin thinking about different career routes and the skills you would need to develop in order to achieve your career objectives. Thinking about career routes early on will ensure you make sound career decisions and will increase your motivation and job satisfaction.

Settling in to living in the UK

Every year we welcome over 9,000 international students to the university from over 150 countries. This makes Leeds a wonderful diverse and very popular destination for international students. To help these students settle in, we offer a wide range of support to help you adapt to life in the UK and make the most of your time here.