Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the entry requirements?
- What are the subject requirements at Bachelor’s degree level?
- Am I required to sit an English Language test?
- What are the required scores in the IELTS or TOEFL examinations?
- What other qualities do you look for in an applicant?
- Am I required to sit an entrance exam?
- What about interviews?
- Are mature students eligible for consideration?
- How can I apply for admission to a Master’s programme?
- What are the application deadlines?
- Is there an application fee?
- I have a question about the application form. What can I do?
- What if I have additional information to provide in support of my application?
- What are the tuition fees?
- Are there any funding and scholarship opportunities?
- Do you provide student accommodation?
- What student facilities are there on campus?
- Can I apply for more than one Master’s programme?
- Can I defer my offer of a place?
- Do you have multiple intakes per year?
- When can I expect to receive a decision on my application?
- How do I accept my offer to enrol at UCL Qatar?
- I have accepted my offer to enrol at UCL Qatar. What happens next?
- What if I do not meet the conditions of an offer that I have accepted?
- Do you offer any pre-Master’s foundation programmes?
- Do you offer any undergraduate degree programmes?
- Do you offer any short courses?
- Do you offer any online/distance learning degree programmes?
- Can I make an appointment to discuss my application?
- How can I find out about employment opportunities at UCL Qatar?
What are the entry requirements?
Candidates must have a Bachelor's degree with Upper Second Class Honours (UK system), a GPA of 3.3 on the 4.0 scale (US system) or another qualification of an equivalent standard for admission to the following programmes: Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA, Conservation Studies MSc, Museum and Gallery Practice MA.
For admission to the Library and Information Studies MA, candidates must have a Bachelor's degree with Lower Second Class
Honours (UK system), a GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale (US system) or
another qualification of an equivalent standard.
For admission to the Diploma in Academic Research and Methods (DARM), candidates should hold a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.7 out of 4.0 or an equivalent qualification.
To join a short course, candidates are normally expected to have a considerable amount of professional experience working within the cultural heritage sector.
What are the subject requirements at Bachelor’s degree level?
For candidates applying to the Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA, a Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline (e.g. Archaeology, History or Sociology) is preferred but not essential.
For candidates applying to the Conservation Studies MSc or the Museum and Gallery Practice MA, there are no prerequisite subjects. Some prior knowledge of Chemistry is however useful for the Conservation Studies MSc.
Candidates applying to the Library and Information Studies MA may hold a first degree in any subject, but are normally expected to have relevant professional work experience, for example within a library or the information services sector.
There are no prior subject requirements for admission to the Diploma in Academic Research and Methods.
Am I required to sit an English Language test?
Candidates whose first language is not English are normally required to sit an English language examination. Any such requirements will be outlined in the conditions of the offer letter. Candidates who completed a Bachelor’s degree that was taught fully in English may be eligible for exemption depending on where and when the degree was completed.
What are the required scores in the IELTS or TOEFL examinations?
For admission to our Archaeology, Conservation or Museum Studies programmes, an overall score of 7.0 is required in the IELTS, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each of the four subtests. A score of 100 overall is required in the TOEFL Internet Based Test (IBT), including a minimum score of 24 in the reading and writing subtests, and a minimum score of 23 in the speaking and listening subtests.
For admission to our Library Studies programme, an overall score of 6.5 is required in the IELTS, with a
minimum score of 6.0 in each of the four subtests.
For admission to our Diploma in Academic Research and Methods, an IELTS score of 6.0 overall is required, including scores of 6.0 in both the Reading and Writing sub tests.
What other qualities do you look for in an applicant?
In addition to academic excellence, candidates are expected to demonstrate strong motivation for the subject to which they have applied. They should have a passion for their subject and for cultural heritage in general. We look for well rounded candidates who will contribute to the life of the campus. We also look for candidates with potential.
What about interviews?
We do not usually interview candidates who apply to any of the programmes at UCL Qatar, however we encourage informal communication between our applicants and our academic staff.
Are mature students eligible for consideration?
All candidates, regardless of age, are welcome to apply for admission to UCL Qatar. Mature students must still meet the rigorous entry requirements for admission to our degree programmes.
How can I apply for admission to a Master’s programme?
Applications to Master's degree programmes can be submitted online at www.ucl.ac.uk/qatar, by visiting the Apply Now link and following the application instructions.
Applications to the Diploma in Academic Research and Methods can be completed by downloading the application form on the DARM webpage.
Is there an application fee?
Yes. UCL charges a small application fee of £50 GBP for all Master's degree programmes. This can be paid via any debit or credit card when completing the online application.
There is no application fee for the Diploma in Academic Research and Methods.
I have a question about the application form. What can I do?
Please contact email@example.com in the first instance, quoting your full name and the degree programme to which you are applying. Where necessary, you may be referred to the Central Admissions Office in London for additional guidance and support.
What if I have additional information to provide in support of my application?
Any further information in support of your application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible after your application has been submitted, quoting your name and Applicant ID number.
What are the tuition fees?
Our one-year Museum and Gallery Practice MA is QAR 97,350 (2013 entry). Our two-year Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA and our two-year Conservation Studies MSc are QAR 123,900 in total (2013 entry). Our one-year Library and Information Studies MA costs QAR 95,875 (2013 entry) and the six-month Diploma in Academic Research and Methods cost is QAR 53,100.
Are there any funding and scholarship opportunities?
Yes. UCL Qatar will provide funding to a range of candidates on the basis of academic merit and financial need. UCL Qatar is currently reviewing its scholarship awards procedures for candidates applying to join the department in August 2014; updated information about how to apply for funding will be distributed to offer holders during the admissions process.
All of our students are eligible to apply for any existing UCL scholarship for which they meet the criteria. Master's candidates may view the relevant UCL scholarships at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/overs-master.
Funding queries should be directed to email@example.com in the first instance.
Do you provide student accommodation?
Yes. All of our students are guaranteed accommodation for the duration of their studies. Accommodation is available on and in close proximity to campus and consists of single-sex apartments which may be shared with 1-2 other students. Offer holders will be contacted individually with instructions on how to apply for student accommodation.
What student facilities are there on campus?
Numerous recreational facilities are provided for our students including gyms, a 50 metre swimming pool, football pitches, volleyball courts and badminton courts. The student centre contains cafeterias, coffee shops, snooker and pool tables, table tennis and a bowling alley. In addition there is dedicated study space, a library, a student common room and IT cluster rooms within UCL Qatar.
Can I defer my offer of a place?
Yes. Candidates wishing to defer their offer of a place for one year should contact UCL Qatar as early as possible. Candidates should outline their reasons for wishing to defer. They are expected to make constructive use of their time, for example pursuing further relevant study or work experience. We will not approve any deferrals for more than one year.
How do I accept my offer to enrol at UCL Qatar?
Candidates must log-in to the UCL Application Portal and follow the online instructions in order to review and accept their offer. Guidance is provided by UCL’s Central Admissions Office in London (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I have accepted my offer to enrol at UCL Qatar. What happens next?
Overseas candidates will be contacted in June with information on the student visa and immigration process for Qatar. They will also be contacted in June regarding funding and accommodation, and given notification as to the deadline for submitting any documents required to satisfy their offer conditions.
All candidates will receive a welcome pack in early August containing details about joining UCL Qatar, timetabling, the induction programme and registration.
What if I do not meet the conditions of an offer that I have accepted?
Please inform us as soon as possible. Whilst we hope to be sympathetic and hold a place for candidates who have narrowly missed the conditions of their offer, this is dependent on the number of places available after all of those who have met their offer conditions have had their places confirmed.
Do you offer any pre-Master’s foundation programmes?
Yes. Our Diploma in Academic Research Methods (DARM), developed in collaboration with Hamad bin Khalifa University, is designed for students seeking to improve their academic skills in order to progress on to Master’s degree programmes at UCL and elsewhere.
Do you offer any short courses?
Yes. We are currently running a series of short training courses related to archaeology, museum practice and conservation, for mid-career professionals working within the cultural heritage sector. Full details are available at www.ucl.ac.uk/qatar/study/short-courses
Please contact our Short Courses Assistant, Annabel Rowbotham (email@example.com) for further information.
Do you offer any online/distance learning degree programmes?
UCL does not offer any online or distance learning programmes.
Can I make an appointment to discuss my application?
Yes. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +974 4457 8680. It is recommended that all candidates make an appointment prior to visiting, to ensure that the appropriate staff member is available to meet with you.
Our vacancies are listed on the main UCL website at www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs as they become available.