UCL FACULTY OF LAWS

UCL Laws Research Degree Programmes

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. How do I apply?
2. Is there a deadline for applying?
3. What are the entry requirements?
4. What are the English language entry requirements?
5. Can I apply if I do not have a Law degree?
6. How much does an MPhil/PhD cost?
7. What scholarships are available for MPhil/PhD students?
8. What does the admissions process involve?
9. When will I get a decision?
10. When can I start a research degree?
11. Can I study part-time?
12. Can I study by distance learning?
13. Do you accept applications from Visiting Research Students?
14. What happens after I have been made an offer?
15. How long is the research degree and what are the term dates?
16. Will I get student accommodation in London?
17. I am currently reading for the MPhil/PhD degree at another University but would like to transfer to UCL. Is this possible?
18. How do I contact the Laws Faculty Graduate Office?

1. How do I apply?
Information on how to apply can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/prospective/research/index.shtml?application
2.

Is there a deadline for applying?
We are currently reviewing the timetable for admissions. This will be made available shortly.


3. What are the entry requirements?
Please see the pages on the Faculty of Laws Entry Requirements for research degrees by clicking on the link below:
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/prospective/research/index.shtml?entry
4. What are the English language entry requirements?
Please see our English language requirements by clicking on the following link: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/prospective/research/index.shtml?entry

Please note it is the responsibility of all applicants whose mother tongue is not English to provide recent acceptable evidence that their command of the English language, both spoken and written, is at the required level.
You must ensure you have obtained an approved English language test result before you will be allowed to commence the course.
5.

Can I apply if I do not have a Law degree?
Yes; but see the additional requirements outlined in the following link: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/prospective/research/index.shtml?entry

6.

How much does an MPhil/PhD cost?
Please refer to the following pages for further information on tuition fees:

For more information, see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/prospective/research/index.shtml?fees

7.

What scholarships are available for MPhil/PhD students?
Information on scholarships and funding from the Law Faculty can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/prospective/research/index.shtml?funding

Information on scholarships offered by UCL can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/scholarships/graduate/

8.

What does the admissions process involve?
Once you submit your completed application it is first received by the UCL Admissions Office. They record applicants’ details and then send the application forms to the Faculty of Laws. It is the Faculty of Laws which considers the application and makes a decision. Please ensure you submit a complete application, i.e. including all of the following:

  • two academic references,
  • undergraduate and graduate transcripts,
  • a research proposal of approximately 3,000 words (3-5 single spaced pages) including a preliminary methodology and a brief bibliography,
  • a completed UCL Graduate Application Form available from the UCL College Admissions website. You will be able to apply online via the website.

Applications are only considered complete if references are received as well. If an appliation is submitted by the deadline but references are pending the application is incomplete and will not be considered.

All applicants will be informed in writing of receipt of the application by UCL Admissions Office.

9. When will I receive a decision?
The Faculty of Laws will respond to applicants on a strictly “first come first served” basis. Therefore, please do not expect a decision before the date stated on your acknowledgement letter that you will receive from UCL Admissions Office. Your decision will be communicated to you formally, in writing.
10. When can I start a research degree
Research students begin in September.
11. Can I study part-time?
Yes, it is possible to undertake the MPhil / PhD on a part-time basis.
12. Can I study by distance learning?
No, it is not possible to study the MPhil/PhD degree at UCL by distance learning or online.
13. Do you accept applications from Visiting research students?
Yes, the Faculty of Laws welcomes applications from research students registered at other universities, who wish to spend a period of 3 to 12 months at UCL undertaking research which is complementary to the PhD project at their ‘home’ university. For further details see:
Information for Visiting Research Students and
UCL International Office Website
14. What happens after I have been made an offer?
After you have been made an offer and accepted your offer you will be contacted by the Faculty and Registry with any relevant information that we think you need in order to assist you with your assimilation into UCL life when you become a student. You will be sent information on enrolment, registration, and induction information in the summer months, and anything else we think might be useful for you to know in the months before the course commences.
15. How long is the research degree and what are term dates?
The PhD research degree is expected to take 3 full academic years on a full-time basis and 5 years on a part-time basis. The academic year will run from September to September. Term dates for this and future academic years are available by clicking on the link below.
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/staff/term-dates
16. Will I get student accommodation in London?
UCL endeavour to offer to all students accommodation in or around the main UCL campus in central London. Please note the relevant closing dates for accommodation, depending on whether you are applying from the UK/EU or overseas by clicking on the link below.
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/accommodation/applications/when-to-apply/
17.

I am currently reading for the MPhil/PhD degree at another University but would like to transfer to UCL. Is this possible?
It is possible to transfer to UCL from another institution part-way through the MPhil/PhD degree. UCL may exempt from part of the programme of study a student who has commenced a programme of study for a PhD or MPhil of another university in the UK, provided that the programme of study to be followed at UCL will be not less that one calendar year; or its equivalent part time study.
In order for us to consider transferring your credits to the UCL MPhil/PhD programme, you need to be accepted formally on the UCL programme after making an application for admission by submitting a Graduate Application Form and supporting documents. Please make it clear in your application that you wish to transfer credits to UCL. If we accept you onto the programme, we then need to apply on your behalf to Registry for credits to be transferred.

18.

How do I contact the Laws Faculty Graduate Office?
You can contact the Graduate Office by telephone or e-mail. Please click on the here for further information. Please note that it is not always easy to get through to the Graduate Office given the volume of calls we sometimes receive. Therefore, we would ask applicants to only contact us where they cannot obtain the information they require from the website, or where it is absolutely necessary. We ask this so that we can give a fast and fair service to all applicants.

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Updated 01 May 2014