- How do I apply?
- Is there a deadline for applying?
The deadline to apply is 26 July 2019.
- When should I apply?
Entry to all of our programmes is competitive so please apply early to increase your chances of success. This is particularly the case on our larger Masters programmes in Public Policy, International Public Policy, Security Studies and Human Rights and candidates applying for these programmes are strongly advised to submit applications as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Applications will open on Monday the 15th of October 2018 for entry in September 2019.
- Is there more than one intake a year?
No, we only have one intake per year - in September.
- What are the Entry Requirements?
For our MA/MSc programmes, as a minimum, a 2.1 Bachelor's degree from a UK university; a CPGA of 3.3; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
For the MPA programme, a 2.1 Bachelor's degree from a UK university; a CPGA of 3.3; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. In addition, two years of relevant work experience will normally be required. In extraordinary circumstances substantial internships would be considered towards the 2 years work experience.
International students should visit the relevant prospectus page to ascertain qualification equivalents.
- 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.
- Can I still apply if I do not have a relevant degree?
We will consider applicants with ‘non-relevant’ degrees, providing they can demonstrate some relevant experience and/or a genuine interest in the course they are applying for.
The exception to this is the MA in Legal and Political Theory, for which applicants will need a background in Political Science, Law, Philosophy or a closely related discipline.
- What are the English Language Requirements?
Please take a look at UCL's English language requirements.
The Department of Political Science requires the ‘Advanced’ level in all cases. (IELTS: Overall grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each subtest.)
Please note that tests or pre-sessional courses not listed on the above webpage will not be accepted by UCL.
- Do both of my references need to be academic?
One of your references must be academic. Your application will not 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 can not 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 also not possible, please provide two employment references. We will contact you if we require further information.
- How long should my Personal Statement be?
The personal statement should be 1 to 2 pages long. We do not impose a specific word limit. (Please note that the field in the application will allow up to 3000 characters. If your statement is longer than this, you will need to upload it as an additional document.)
It does not need to follow a certain format. This is an opportunity for you to tell us about yourself, your academic interests and your motivations for study.
- What are the tuition fees?
The fee schedule can be found on the following webpage: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money
- Are there any scholarships available for Masters students?
Unfortunately, funding within the department for Masters students is scarce. Most of our students are self-funding through loans or savings.
Information on funding opportunities outside of the department may be found on UCL’s main Scholarships and Funding page.
- What does the Admission process involve?
Your online application, once submitted, will be received by UCL Graduate Admissions. Once your details have been logged, and your references received, your application will be sent to the department for a recommendation. Once a recommendation has been made, your application will be returned to Admissions, where an official letter will be produced and sent via the Portal.
We expect to turn-around applications in approximately 15 working days (from the time we receive them from Admissions). However, this may take longer during busy periods. The end-to-end process takes approximately five weeks.
- Why has no decision been made on my application yet?
Your application may be held up because it is incomplete. Applications that are missing a component (reference(s), transcript, personal statement) will not be forwarded to the department until this is received. Please check that you have not been asked to provide any further documentation.
- When does the course start?
Induction week is the last week of September. Teaching will begin in the first week of October.
- Can I study part-time?
The Masters programme can be taken part-time over 2 years. It is generally expected that students complete 50% of a full programme load per year of registration, although we are keen to offer flexible study arrangements where possible.
The courses offered are not run separately as evening classes for part-time students, although some courses are scheduled in the late afternoon/early evening. Part-time students attend the same classes as their full-time colleagues - they just take half of the course load in each year.
For each module lasting one term in length, the total contact time is approximately 20 hours with an additional 130 hours of reading, essay writing and/or revision.
While we try to make part-time study as flexible as possible, our Masters programmes are demanding and we advise students that, if they intend to work alongside the course, their work should be flexible in nature.
- Can I study by distance learning?
It is not possible to take our Masters programmes by distance learning or online.
- I am going to take an English test later in the year, can I still apply now?
You may apply for a place on a programme without yet meeting the English language criteria. However, any offers made to you would be conditional upon you providing evidence of your English proficiency prior to enrolment.
- 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 Department 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 (this will include a preliminary reading list).
- How long is the course and what are the term dates?
The course lasts for a full calendar year, from September to September. Teaching finishes at the end of the second term, allowing students to prepare for exams and work on their dissertation in the third term.
Term dates are available each year on the UCL website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/staff/term-dates
- If I cannot take up my offer of a place this year, can I defer it to next year?
Each offer may be deferred once, to the following academic year. Once approved, Graduate Admissions will issue a new, updated offer letter.
- What happens to my English waiver if I defer my offer?
If you have been granted an English waiver, it is only valid for the year in which you applied and cannot be deferred. If you choose to defer your offer, your English condition will be reinstated.
- Is there an application processing fee?
The application processing fee is £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications.
- Can I ask for feedback on my unsuccessful application?
We regret that we cannot offer feedback due to the volume of applications that we receive.
- I am already studying at another institution. Can I enrol at UCL at the same time?
Unfortunately, as you cannot be enrolled in two institutions at once, you would need to deregister from your current course if you wanted to study at UCL.
- When do I choose my modules?
Module registration can not be completed before the start of term. Further information on how to complete this process will be made available during induction week.
To help you decide which modules are of interest to you, you will be given access to course outlines in the summer prior to enrolment.
- Do you require a deposit?
For September 2020 entry, a deposit is required for the following programmes:
MSc International Public Policy
MSc Public Policy
MSc Security Studies
£1000 for full-time study
£500 for Part-time study
For more information on deposits, please visit: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught-degrees/fees-and-funding/tuition-fee-deposits
- Can I visit the Department in Tavistock Square?
In the third term we offer drop-in opportunities every Wednesday between 10am-12pm for prospective students and offer holders to visit the department, look around and talk to Admissions staff. No appointment necessary. Please note that there are no academic staff or current students available at this time.
- How many hours study is it per Module?
Each 15-credit module is equivalent to 130 hours of study. This time is made up of formal learning and teaching events such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as independent study. You are generally expected to attend one lecture and one seminar per module per week. The majority of modules are taught over one term.
- When do I need to accept my offer?
As a courtesy we usually ask offer holders to accept their place within four weeks of receiving their offer but there is no formal deadline.