What next? How to make an application
Graduate taught - e.g. MA, MSc, MRes
- Identify the degree programme at UCL you wish to study. All graduate taught programmes offered at UCL are listed in the online UCL Graduate Prospectus: www.ucl.ac.uk/graduate
- Check the entry requirements
- Check the application deadline
- Submit your application online. You can apply directly to UCL for most graduate programmes online at: www.ucl.ac.uk/graduate/apply* However, if you are applying for a teacher training programme please check online for specific application requirements and deadlines at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply/ITE-apply
- Await a decision. You will be able to track the progress of your application via the UCL Applicant Portal.
- Pay tuition fee deposit (if applicable). If your application to a postgraduate programme is successful you may need to pay a tuition fee deposit. The deposit is payable for a small number of postgraduate taught programmes as well as the Paediatric Dentistry (DDent). The amount payable is dependent on the mode of study and fee status.
Graduate research - e.g. PhD, Doctorate
- Identify the degree programme at UCL you wish to study. All graduate taught programmes offered at UCL are listed in the UCL Online Graduate Prospectus: www.ucl.ac.uk/graduate
- Investigate research opportunities across UCL. There are two main types of research degree opportunities:
Studentships – Some funded PhD programmes will be advertised as studentships. This is more common in Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) areas. These opportunities may be listed on our www.ucl.ac.uk/studentships
Each studentship will stipulate its own application process and entrance requirements. Studentships are also offered in UCL’s doctoral training centres. Many of these studentships are funded by the UK Government and are only available to UK/EU students.
Speculative opportunities – Most opportunities, and potential funding, are not packaged as studentships or advertised. Exceptional students, who meet the entrance requirements, are therefore encouraged to be proactive and identify opportunities with UCL academics whose recent research closely matches their interests.
There are three main ways to identify an appropriate supervisor to contact:
- Browse research programmes to find centres of research in your area of interest. Click through to the department or centre website to find staff profiles: www.ucl.ac.uk/graduate/research
- Look on UCL's Institutional Research Information System (IRIS) where you can search for relevant academic units and potential supervisors by keyword. Not all academics are listed in IRIS but it is a good place to start: iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris
- Search our online research repository (UCL Discovery) where all UCL’s research papers are published, subject to approvals. If you identify a research paper that particularly interests you it is likely that one of the authors would be a suitable research supervisor: www.ucl.ac.uk/discovery. If an academic is very impressed with your research experience and proposal they may be able to help you to identify sources of funding, including from their own, or departmental, research funds. There are also UCL scholarships that they can nominate you for.
- Make a research enquiry. All prospective applicants, except those applying for advertised studentships, are encouraged to send an informal research enquiry. This should either be sent directly to the academic you are interested in working with or the departmental contact.
- Submit a formal application. Finally, when you and your prospective supervisor are happy with your research proposal, you should submit a formal application. Apply online at: www.ucl.ac.uk/graduate/apply
- Await a decision. You will be able to track the progress of your application via the UCL Applicant Portal. We aim to process all applications within six weeks. If you are unsure during any stage of the application process please contact our Admissions team using the contact details below: email: firstname.lastname@example.org telephone: +44 (0)20 3108 7288
- Pay tuition fee deposit (Paediatric Dentistry DDent only). The amount payable is dependent on the mode of study andfee status
- Register interest in your chosen subjects
- Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more