Frequently asked Questions (FAQs)
1. How do I apply?
2. Is there a deadline for applying?
There are no deadlines for submitting an application.
3. When can I apply?
Applications can be made at any time of the year.
4. What are the entry requirements?
A UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject, awarded with first or upper-second class Honours, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard from a recognised higher education institute, or a recognised taught Master's degree is required.
5. What are the English language requirements?
All students whose
first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that
their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the
programmes for which they have applied.
This will take the
form of either:
1. Substantial education (minimum
twelve months) or work experience (minimum eighteen months) conducted in
English and undertaken no more than three years prior to the proposed date of
2. A recently obtained acceptable
English language qualification or test result. The qualification or test result
must have been awarded no more than three years prior to the proposed date of
6. Do both of my references need to be academic?
One of your
references must be academic but the other may be from an employer or colleague
who has worked with you closely.
7.Can I still apply if I do not have a relevant degree?
Applicants are strongly advised only to apply if they have a degree in a
subject relevant to their proposed research area.
8. How much does the doctorate programme cost?
- 2011/12 full-time: £4,000 per annum
- 2012/13 full-time: £4,200
- 2011/12 full-time: £18,400 or £30,870 depending on level of clinical content
- 2012/13 full-time: £19,250 or £32,500 depending on level of clinical content
See Fees and Costs
section for further information on fees, including part-time fees
9. Are there any scholarships available for students?
Information on available scholarships can be accessed here -http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate
10. What does the Admissions process involve?
The prospective student submits their application to Admissions. They will check that the application meets the general entrance requirements before forwarding the application to the Postgraduate
Administrator who ensures that Divisional requirements have been met. Once all of the paperwork is in order it will
be presented to the Postgraduate Committee whose decision it will be to approve the application.
If approved, the application will be signed and returned to Admissions who will issue an offer letter. The student must then accept their offer and pre-enrol as directed by Admissions. The applicant will then be permitted to enrol in person.
If an application is rejected the applicant will be notified by Admissions.
11. When does the course start?
Students will usually commence their degree on the start date given on the
offer letter. Students should ensure that they are fully enrolled before
commencing their studies.
12. Can I study part-time?
Part-time study is available for research degree programmes.
13. Can I study by distance learning?
Students are permitted to register for non-resident PhD programmes. Further information can be found here
14. I am going to take an English test later in the year, can I still apply now?
It is possible to apply for your degree before taking a language test
however your application will be kept on hold until a valid certificate is received.
15. What happens after I have been made an offer?
After receiving your offer letter you will need to accept a place on the programme by returning the acceptance form which will be sent to you by Admissions. Once you have received confirmation from Admissions that they have received your acceptance you will be sent a pre-enrolment email. This will need to be completed before you will be permitted to enrol in person. If you begin your studies at the start of the academic year (September) you will be asked to enrol on a specific date and time. At any other time of the year you will enrol as directed on your offer letter. Once you have enrolled you can begin your studies.
If you do not complete your enrolment within two weeks of the date of your offer letter, your start date will become invalid and you will need to request a later start date.
16. How long is the course and what are the term dates?
Full time = 3 years + 1 year CRS (writing up period)
Part time = 5 years + 2 years CRS
Full time = 2 years + 1 year CRS
Part time = 2 years + 2 years CRS
Research degree programmes do not follow term
dates as is the case with taught degrees. Students are expected to be in
continuous attendance except during college closures and when a leave of absence has been agreed with their supervisor.
17. If I cannot take up my offer of a place this year, can I defer it to next year?
Offers can be deferred subject to approval by the Division.
For further information, please contact the Departmental Postgraduate Research Programme Administrator