Leeds Uni’s most expensive reading lists

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A survey has revealed which Leeds undergraduates will spend the most on textbooks for their course.

Book recycling site musicMagpie quizzed students at the University of Leeds to find out which subject requires first-years to invest heavily in essential course reading.

The most expensive degree is engineering, with the average fresher having to fork out £607 on compulsory course materials. Nurses will spend £464, while psychology students will pay £317 for textbooks.

The study concentrated on the reading lists for popular courses run by 14 Russell Group universities, including Leeds.

Law undergrads spent the least despite signing up for a notoriously word-intensive study programme, only being required to pay £105 for books. Chemistry, art and biology students all spend on average less than £200.

musicMagpie marketing director Liam Howley is encouraging freshers to look to second-hand online stores to purchase key items, and to re-sell their used books when they finish their module or degree.

“The cost of university is increasing every year, so we wanted to know which courses were the most expensive in terms of textbook costs,” he said.

“With engineering students spending more than £600 on textbooks – that’s the equivalent of nearly a third of one term’s maintenance loan - it’s no surprise students are falling into debt even before their courses have started.”