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.
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).
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
Owing to the competition for places, applicants are advised to apply as early as they are able, and should bear in mind that deadlines for scholarships generally occur in February or March.
- Applicants applying for admission in September are required to apply by 31 January in the same year. Applications may be processed after this date, but they will be considered late and subject to places being available.
- In exceptional circumstances, applications may be accepted for admission in January. The deadline for these applications is 31 May of the previous year.
Applicants may apply even if their results are still pending. In such circumstances, admissions tutors are able to issue offers conditional upon the achievement of a specified level in the relevant qualification.
The receipt of an application is acknowledged by a letter or email by the Admissions Office, Registry. This letter will indicate either that the application has been received complete or that certain missing items are required before the application can be considered. It is in an applicant’s best interests to submit a complete application to avoid delay.
Applicants do not need to have a confirmation from a supervisor at the point of submitting their application. All applications that fulfill the entry requirements will be carefully considered and supervisors will be allocated according to their expertise and availability. There is no guarantee that the Faculty will be able to offer supervision, even for a good research proposal.
Decisions on Applications
Provided that the application has been received complete, the acknowledgement letter will indicate the date by which a response should be expected. This response may take the form of an offer of admission, an invitation to interview, a request for further information or a rejection. The date given will normally be either six weeks after the receipt of the complete application or, where there is a closing date for applications for the programme, six weeks after that closing date. Applicants who, on request, provide additional information, or who attend for interview, should expect to receive a further response, again within six weeks.
You will first be notified by email from the Admisisons Office to log into your online application account. You will be able to see the decision on there 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.