European Studies


European Studies Mphil/PhD

The MPhil and PhD degrees often follow on from a Master's programme: both the taught and research pathways of the MA programmes are intended to allow this type of progression, as well as standing as degrees in their own right.

Students may, however, also embark on an MPhil or PhD without having completed an MA programme, provided they satisfy UCL's entrance requirements and come with the relevant experience and qualifications.


Normally we expect PhD applicants to have a First or very high Upper Second in their first degree (or equivalent) and a Distinction or indication of distinction-level work at Masters level (or equivalent). All PhD applicants should present a convincing, well-argued and carefully formulated proposal and should have excellent standards of academic English.

For those candidates planning to apply for funding, initial contact with a subject area convenor or prospective supervisor should be made in October or November. The CMII funding panel will only consider your application for scholarships if you have completed the UCL procedure for admission as a postgraduate research student by 1 December 2016. This can take up to four weeks. Applicants should ensure that they leave time for referees to submit their references.

Programme details

Research students do not follow a prescribed programme of study but carry out their own research project under the guidance of a supervisor. Students normally have both a principal supervisor and a subsidiary supervisor, and they will normally register in the department of their principal supervisor. The UCL Graduate School provides a range of induction and training courses for all research students.

The MPhil is a research degree of the shorter type, normally requiring two years of full-time study (four years part-time).

The PhD normally requires three years' full-time study (six-years part time).

Students initially register for the MPhil degree and may "upgrade" to PhD registration after a period of time (usually around one year to 18 months) if their work is of a sufficient standard.

Dissertations usually fall within the fields of study covered by the MA programmes. Prospective MPhil/PhD students are advised to consult the brief description of staff research interests listed through their respective websites - which, of course, may be combined for comparative topics, where joint equal supervision is possible.

How to apply

Before applying, all applicants must approach prospective supervisors with their proposals and secure the agreement of two supervisors to supervise the proposed project. Applications which are received without two previously agreed, named prospective supervisors will not be considered.

The admission process requires an interview with your prospective supervisor(s) and another academic member of staff. Once you have submitted your application to UCL, your prospective supervisor will contact you to set up an interview. It can be conducted in person or via skype (for applicants who are not currently based in London).

More information about the application process.