Research & PhDs

UCL is home to a thriving research community in inter-disciplinary studies in the Arts and Humanities, and is located at the centre of a city that has few rivals for the study of culture. You can study a wide variety of specializations with faculty who are renowned experts in their fields.

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 where the deadline for funding is January. 


UCL offers a number of graduate scholarships, the application deadlines for which tend to be early in the year.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to send a research proposal to the director of the Graduate Programme of their choice. Please refer to the individual programme website for the appropriate director.

Your proposal should address your research aims and questions, some account of existing scholarship on the subject, a clear statement about your methodological approach, and a provisional chapter outline.

You should send this before submitting an application.

Your PhD proposal will enable the Centre to determine whether we are able to offer you supervision in your chosen area of research. Please do not submit more than one proposal at a time. You are strongly advised to submit a PhD proposal before submitting an online application.

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

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