Postgraduate

Applying for a Postgraduate course

University of the Arts London is home to Europe’s largest postgraduate arts and design community, and each College has its own thriving postgraduate environment.

Postgraduate courses at UAL

UAL offers both Postgraduate research qualifications and Postgraduate taught qualifications

Postgraduate research qualifications

University of the Arts London offers research programmes, which may lead to an MPhil or PhD awarded in any subject area.

There are currently over 250 research degree students at UAL who benefit from full access to cross-College resources, interdisciplinary dialogue, and research student training via Research Network UAL (RNUAL)

UAL also offers a range of fully funded studentships for research degree students.

Postgraduate taught qualifications

Our six Colleges offer a wide range of taught courses leading to postgraduate qualifications, including two types of taught programme:

  • Masters (MA, MFA, MRes, MSc, MBA; M ARCH) 
    These taught courses generally represent study 180 credits and will typically require between one and two years of full-time study
  • Certificates and diplomas 
    Several of our Colleges offer courses leading to Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) qualifications. These courses are as academically challenging, but generally shorter than masters courses and represent fewer credits.

Postgraduate research qualifications

If you would like to apply to an MPhil or PhD programme, please visit our Research Degrees pages

Postgraduate taught qualifications

The six Colleges offer two types of taught programme:

  • Masters (MA, MFA, MRes, MSc, MBA; M ARCH):
    These taught courses generally represent study 180 credits and will typically require between one and two years of full-time study
  • Certificates and diplomas:
    Several of our Colleges offer courses leading to Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) qualifications. These courses are as academically challenging, but generally shorter than masters courses and represent fewer credits.

How to apply

You can make an application to a postgraduate taught course from October onwards. Please check course pages and click the link for the course you wish to apply to. On the course page you will find the online application form for your course.

Your course may ask you to submit one or more of the following documents in support of your application:

  • Essay
  • CV
  • Study Proposal
  • Personal Statement
  • Visual Portfolio (Visit our Portfolio Preparation page for further advice)

What documents will be required for your application can be found on the relevant course page under the ‘How to Apply’ tab.

International applicants

International applicants may apply through one of the following two routes:

Visit our dedicated application advice for international students pages to find out more.

PG Scholarships

The Scholarship Finder tool may be used to access information on scholarships available to Postgraduate Taught and Postgraduate Research students. Scholarships available to Postgraduate students are not limited to, but include the following:

UAL Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate International Scholarships

UAL Vice-Chancellor's Postgraduate UK and EU Scholarships 

Postgraduate Loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the Postgraduate loans page.