UCL Graduate degrees



Your application must be supported by two academic references. These must be provided online with your online application.

All applicants

At least one of your references must be academic and from someone who has taught you at degree level.

If you wish you may provide one professional reference in place of the second academic reference.

You will be asked to enter the details of your referees in your application form. When you submit the application they will automatically be sent an email asking them to write a reference for you and to submit it online.  Please ensure you have spoken to your chosen referees prior to this so they are expecting the invitation and are happy to provide a reference for you online. It is your responsibility to continue to check in the applicant portal if your references have been submitted and to ensure that both references are received in good time.

When providing the email address for your referee please use an academic or professional one rather than a personal one, e.g. john.smith@university.ac.uk rather than johnsmith@hotmail.com.

Grad Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc, MPA and MRes applications in the Faculty of Engineering

With the exception of MRes Financial Computing and MRes Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering all references must be provided within 10 working days of the stated application deadline for the programme. Application deadlines are available on the individual programme prospectus pages.

You will be given access to your application portal once you have successfully submitted your application. You will be able to use your applicant portal check the status of your reference(s), resend reference requests or replace your referee. 

Due to the competitive nature of graduate admissions at UCL please note that applications which have outstanding references at 5pm (BST) on the 10th working day after the application deadline may be withdrawn and not considered further.