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How do I apply?

You may apply online using the following link:

Is there a deadline for applying?

The deadline for the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management is May 1st 2016.

The deadline for all other Masters programmes will be 29 July 2016.

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 3rd of October 2016 for entry in September 2017. 

Is there more than one intake a year?

No, we only have one intake a year in September.

What are the Entry Requirements?

For our MA/MSc programmes, as a minimum, a good 2.1 Bachelor's degree from a UK university; a CPGA of 3.3; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant practical or work experience in a related field may also be taken into account.

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. 

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 or a closely related discipline.

What are the English Language Requirements?

UCL's full English language requirements can be viewed here:

The Department of Political Science requires the ‘Advanced’ level in all cases. (IELTS Academic: 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? What should it contain?

The personal statement should be 1 to 2 pages long. 

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 via the following webpage:

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 the College Central Admissions Office. Once your details have been logged, your application will be sent to the department for a recommendation. Once a recommendation has been made, your application will be returned to the Admissions Office where an official letter will be produced and sent.

We expect to turn around applications in approximately 15 working days ( from the time we receive them from Central Admissions). However, this make take longer during busy times in the year.

Why has no decision been made on my application yet?

We will only consider completed application forms.  Forms that are missing a reference(s) or examination grades or transcript proof will not be sent to the department until they are completed.

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. 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 should expect to attend classes on approximately three occasions per week during terms one and two (i.e. up to 6-7 hours) depending on the combination of courses chosen each term.

For each course 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.

It is generally expected that students complete 50% of a full programme load per year of registration but individual schedules of study can be discussed and agreed with personal tutors during induction week.

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 study the 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. 

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 dissertation.

Term dates are available each year on the UCL website:

If I cannot take up my offer of a place this year, can I defer it to next year?

It is not usually a problem to defer your offer of a place to the following year. Applicants will need the authorisation of the Course Tutor and the Admissions office will need to issue a renewed and 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 chose to defer your offer, the English condition will be reinstated.

Is there an application processing fee?

The application processing fee £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications.

Can I ask for feedback on my unsucessful application?

We regret that we cannot offer feedback on unsuccessful applications to the School of Public Policy.

I am already studying at another institution. Can I enrol at UCL at the same time?

Unfortunately, you can not be enrolled in two institutions at once and so 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.

Still need help?

For all enquiries to our Masters Programmes, please contact:

Helen Elliot - Tel: 020 7679 4982, Email:
Genavive Sarkis - 020 7679 4950, Email:

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