UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


How to apply

Learn how to apply for the IPM. This includes the application process, documents to submit, and accepting your offer.

IPM application update: August 2023

We are now accepting applications for the IPM Waiting List. Please note the following before submitting an application:

  • Submitting an application for the course waiting list is not a guarantee that you will receive an offer of a place on the course. 
  • The application fee for waiting list applications is paid after we offer the applicant a place on the course, not when the application is submitted.
  • Complete applications will be prioritised, so please make sure you complete all fields in the application form and upload all pages of all documents requested.
  • If you are offered a place on the course via the waiting list you are likely to have only a short time to make payment of the application and course fees.
  • The waiting list will close not later than the start of the course and may close earlier if a large number of applications are submitted.

Apply for IPM Waiting List

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Before you apply

Before you apply, you should check that you fulfil our entry requirements and prepare your supporting documents.

When to apply

We recommend that you apply as early as possible.

Application process

  1. Submit the online application form and pay the application fee on the UCL Online Store.

You will receive a personalised payment link to the UCL Online store once you have submitted your application.

Please remember to include all supporting documents:

  • statement of purpose 
  • final academic transcripts and degree certificate (with a translation if not originally in English) 
  • evidence of English level
  • copy of passport

Your application will only be processed when we have received everything we need. Learn about the supporting documents you’ll need to submit below.

  1. Our Admissions team will review your application.

We aim to inform you of our decision as quickly as possible. You can normally expect to receive a decision within 2-3 weeks of submitting a complete application.

If you’re successful, we’ll send you an offer letter via email.

If we have any queries about your application, we will contact you for further information.

  1. Accept your offer and confirm your place

You can accept your offer by paying the first instalment of your course fees (£9,250).

Government-sponsored students should submit their sponsorship letter.

We will hold a place for you once you have made this payment and confirmed your place.

  1. Apply for a visa

You may need to apply for a visa to study in the UK, and we'll advise you on this important process. You can check whether you will require a visa on the UK Government website.

See the visa information section below for further information.

  1. Plan your arrival

We will send you some pre-arrival information. You should aim to arrive in good time and no later than the weekend before the course start date. Please check your IPM confirmation email for further information.

Supporting documents

As part of your application, you’ll need to submit some additional documents.

Statement of purpose

Maximum 350 words

This is a key part of the application. Tell us why you are interested in the IPM and why you think you are suitable for it. Tell us how it will fit in with your future academic plans.

Your statement should be no more than 350 words and your own work, without help from anyone. It is not used to assess your English language level. It helps us decide whether the course is right for you.

Academic transcript and degree certificate

You need to submit your final degree transcript confirming the title of your award, final grade and date of completion. If these are not in English, you will need to attach an official translation.

If you are still studying for your first degree, please wait until you have your degree transcript before applying.

Evidence of English level

This needs to be an English qualification accepted by the IPM. Your English language qualification must be no more than two years old by the IPM start date.


You will need to provide a copy of your passport.

Offer to study a Master's degree

You should supply any offers to study a Master’s degree that you already have.

Please note that you do not need to have an offer to study on a Master's degree to apply for this course.

We do not consider letters of recommendation or CVs as part of your application. 

Paying for your course

Course fees

Please see our course fees here.

Payment deadlines

You will need pay the first instalment of your tuition fees (£9,250) to secure your place on the course, normally within two weeks of your offer of a place.

The remaining course fees need to be paid by 22 September 2023 at the very latest.

If you need a visa to study in the UK you will need to make payment earlier than the dates above, because visa documentation will be issued only after we receive the full fees.


Full refunds of course fees will be made in the event of a formal visa refusal where a further visa application is not possible. Claims must be made in writing and be supported by a Refusal of Entry Clearance letter. Other requests for refunds will be considered if a replacement can be found to take your place on the course and provided the request is received before the application deadline, where one is published on the UCL CLIE website.

All refunds will be subject to a £200 administration charge.

Requests for full or pro-rata refunds if you withdraw from the course after its commencement will not be considered.

Visa information

If you need a visa to study in the UK, you will need to apply for a Student Visa.

To apply for your Student Visa you will first need a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). For IPM students these are issued by CLIE and we will provide information about how to request a CAS during your application process.

For further advice about visas, please visit the UCL Immigration and Visas website.