UCL Qatar

Student Enrolment

Student Enrolment

Recruitment to all of our degree programmes is currently closed. The application window will re-open in October 2014, for entry in August 2015. From October 2014, it will be possible to submit an online application via the 'Apply Now' link below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

The test that we recommend is IELTS. Please note that UCL no longer accepts TOEFL as a recognised English language test.

What are the required scores in the IELTS test?
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.

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. 

Please note that UCL no longer accepts TOEFL as a recognised English language test.

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.

Am I required to sit an entrance exam?
No, UCL Qatar does not require an entrance exam for the purposes of admission to our degree programmes.

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.

What are the application deadlines?
The application deadline is 1 May annually. Our courses normally begin at the end of August each year.

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 admissions.qatar@ucl.ac.uk 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 admissions.qatar@ucl.ac.uk as soon as possible after your application has been submitted, quoting your name and Applicant ID number.

What are the tuition fees?
For 2014 entry, the Museum and Gallery Practice MA and the Library and Information Studies MA have a tuition fee of QAR 98,825. The Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA and the Conservation Studies MSc have a tuition fee of QAR 128,030 (payable as QAR 98,825 in Year One and QAR 29,205 in Year Two). The tuition fee for the Diploma in Academic Research and Methods 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 admissions.qatar@ucl.ac.uk 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 campus, in the state of the art HBKU Student Residences. It consists of single-sex apartments (studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom). 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 apply for more than one Master’s programme?
Yes. Please note that for each programme you apply to, a separate application should be submitted.

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 normally approve any deferrals for more than one year.

Do you have multiple intakes per year?
We have one intake of students per year, in late August.  

When can I expect to receive a decision on my application?
In most cases, a decision on your application will be processed within six to eight weeks of its submission.

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 (admissions@ucl.ac.uk).

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 undergraduate degree programmes?
No, all of our programmes are at postgraduate level.

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 Team for further information.

Do you offer any online/distance learning degree programmes?
UCL does not offer any online or distance learning programmes.
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Can I make an appointment to discuss my application?
Yes. Please contact admissions.qatar@ucl.ac.uk 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.

How can I find out about employment opportunities at UCL Qatar?

Our vacancies are listed on the main UCL website at www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs as they become available.