UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


MPA Frequently Asked Questions


Entry requirements and application

What are the Entry Requirements for an MPA Programme?

UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate Arts and Humanities, Social Science and Economics, and Engineering subjects awarded with First or Upper Second-class Honours (2:1), or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. International Students may click on this link to ascertain qualification equivalents: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international/countries

How long should my Personal Statement be?

One side of an A4 piece of paper is usually sufficient.

Do both of my references need to be academic?

At least one of your references should be from an academic source. Your application will not normally be processed without one. The other may be from an employer or colleague who has worked with you closely.

What happens if I graduated a long time ago and I cannot provide an academic reference?

Please note that your academic referee does not necessarily need to be someone that knows you from your undergraduate degree – they may know you though another programme of study. As long as they can comment on your performance in an academic capacity, this will suffice. If this is not possible, please provide two employment references and we will contact you if we require further information.

Is there an application processing fee?

The application processing fee is £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications.

How many programmes can I apply for?

You may apply for as many programmes as you wish. However, you will need to submit a separate application for each one and, if you receive more than one offer, you will only be able to accept one.

What does the admissions process involve?

Your online application, once submitted, will be received by the College Central Admissions Office. Once your details have been logged, your application will be sent to the Department for consideration. Once a recommendation has been made, your application will be returned to the Admissions Office where an official letter will be produced and sent to you informing you of the admissions decision.

Can I visit in person to talk to staff about my application and/or tour the facilities?

No, unfortunately this will not be possible, as the Bartlett is not open to the public. Applicants may be invited to attend an Open Day, but speculative visits are not possible. Additionally, the Bartlett hosts a series of open lectures and exhibitions throughout term time. These are all open to the public and may provide a chance to speak to current students. Please check the Bartlett website for further details and updates at: https://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/latest/events.

How do I apply?

You may apply online: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/admission/graduate-study/application-admission/

Is there a deadline for applying?

The deadline to apply is 26 July 2019.

When can I apply?

You may apply from October. You are advised to apply as early as possible as competition for places is high and we expect to fill places early.

Is there an application fee?

There is a £75 admissions processing fee per online application and a £100 fee per paper application. If your application is unsuccessful you cannot claim a refund of the admissions processing fee. This is because the fee covers the cost of processing your application regardless of the admissions decision.

How long should I expect to wait for an admissions decision?

We aim to turn around applications in approximately 30 working days. However, this may take longer during busy times in the year.

Why has no decision been made on my application yet?

We will only consider complete applications. Any that are missing a reference(s) and/or an academic transcript will not be sent on to us for consideration. Therefore please check your application to see if anything is missing and if it is please supply it at your earliest convenience.

What happens after I have been made an offer?

Once you have been made an offer you will be contacted by the Department and by the Registry with any relevant information regarding your time as a UCL student - this will be sent by post/e-mail over the summer months the Department will send you induction information by email before the course commences.

Can I ask for feedback on an unsuccessful application?

No, we regret that we cannot offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Is there more than one intake a year?

At this stage, we are only taking one intake per year.

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Tuition fees and finances

What are the tuition fees?

For UK/EU students: £18,240
For overseas students: £25,610

The fee schedule can be found via the following webpage:  http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money

Can you tell be what my fee status will be before I submit my applications?

No, we cannot advise on this issue. Your fee status can only be determined following receipt of your application. Please see here for more details:http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money/fees-support/fee_status_proc

How do I pay the tuition fees?

Fees are payable at enrolment in September, either in full or 50% by the end of October with the remaining 50% in early February. Payments by any other kind of instalment plan is not an option.  

Are there any scholarships available for Masters students?

We have two studentships availble to MPA students who have an unconditional offer. Find out more here.

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English Language Proficiency

What are the English Language requirements?

UCL's full English language requirements can be viewed here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international. The Bartlett requires the ‘Standard’ level in all cases. (IELTS: Overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest.) Please note that tests or pre-sessional courses not listed on the above webpage will not be accepted by UCL.

I am going to take an English test later in the year, can I still apply now?

You may apply now for a place on a programme without a current English test as long as you send your qualification as soon as your receive it.  It you are offered a place, it will be conditional on your providing evidence of English before you will be allowed to enrol.

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Visas and immigration

How do I apply for my visa?

The UCL visa information web pages have detailed information on how to apply for a visa. Visa applications will be only open three months before the start of your Master's programme (i.e. 30 June).

How can I request a CAS?

If you have an unconditional offer you have formally accepted you will receive an email from admissions with information on how to request a CAS.

When will I receive my CAS?

CAS numbers will be issued 3 months before your programme start date. For example if your start date is 28 September you will not receive your CAS before 29 June. This is because UKVI will refuse any visa application that is made earlier than three months before the programme start date. CAS numbers will usually be issued within 5 working days of receiving your CAS request form (from 29 June onwards).

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General information

What is the difference between the different types of Masters degrees?

The main differences are explained here: http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/which-programme

How long is the Masters Programme?

Masters programmes usually last for a full calendar year, from September to September. Teaching normally finishes at the end of the second term, allowing students to prepare for exams and Dissertation/design project.

How long do I have to finish my Masters Dissertation?

You complete a dissertation proposal sometime in the Spring term and then will have the entire third term to complete your dissertation. You must submit your dissertation by the deadline imposed by their Department (this normally falls around early September).

I am already studying at another institution. Can I enrol at UCL at the same time?

No, you cannot be enrolled in two institutions at once, so you would need to de-register from your current programme.

UCL maps:

Use our searchable maps to find out how to get where you need to be.
If you’d like to visit the main UCL campus (the Bartlett buildings are not included), you can book yourself onto one the guided tours given by current UCL students during the summer. If you’re not able to get to the UCL main campus, you can also enjoy a virtual tour through the Meet UCL website. Visit the Meet UCL website at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/access-ucl/ to find out more.

What are the UCL term dates?

Information on term dates: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/staff/termdates.

UCL accommodation:

For any accommodation questions, please visit UCL Accommodation.

 Prospective-students programme information:

MPA Innovation, Public Policy and Public Value

Can I study by distance learning?

It is not possible to take our Masters programme by distance learning or online.

What happens after I have been made an offer?

Once you have been made an offer and accepted it, you will be contacted by the faculty and by Registry with any relevant information regarding your time as a UCL student. You will be sent information regarding enrolment and induction over the summer months prior to the start of the course.

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