UCL Laws Research Degree Programmes

How to apply

There are two ways to apply for the MPhil/PhD at UCL. We recommend applying online as you will be able to log in and check the status of the application, including decisions, re-send reference requests, update contact details and more.

Complete the online application form from the graduate study page on the main UCL website:

By Paper :
Forms are available for download in pdf format from the UCL Graduate Admissions website:

Applications must be supported by two references from people who are able to comment upon the applicant’s suitability for the proposed programme of study. If possible, at least one of the references should be from a recent teacher who is acquainted with the applicant’s academic ability and research and writing skills. If applying by paper, the references should be returned with the completed application form in envelopes that are signed across the seal by the referees. Referees for online applicants will need to complete the reference via the secure link that is emailed to them once an application has been submitted. References must be received by the application deadline.

Academic Transcripts
Transcripts of qualifications are required. If they are not in English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation (if applying by post, please send photocopies only).

Research Proposals
All applications for post graduate research studies must be accompanied by a research proposal. Information and guidance on preparing research proposals can be found under Research Proposal.

When to Apply
The application deadline for entrance in September 2014 has now passed. We are unable to consider any applications received after the deadline.

The timetable for applications for admissions in September 2015 will be posted shortly.

Decisions on Applications
You will be able to see the decision on the online application account and if an offer is made, you will be able to accept or decline the offer online

Successful applicants will be sent a formal offer of admission signed by the Registrar. The letter will indicate whether the offer is unconditional or subject to the fulfillment of specific conditions. Details of UCL’s ‘General Conditions for Entry’ will also be provided. These conditions include the requirement that a student must comply with UCL’s registration procedure and must observe its statutes and regulations.

Overseas applicants should not leave their own country for the purpose of attending UCL before receiving a formal offer of admission either direct from UCL or through their sponsoring authority.