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 November onwards. Please check course pages for links to applications. We strongly advise you to read the following information very carefully, as the application process involves several stages.

Step 1

Submit an online application

All applicants for Postgraduate taught courses must apply through the online application system. We recommend you read our guide to completing postgraduate applications beforehand.

The Postgraduate online application user guide may be found here:

The link to the application form for your specific course can be found in the ‘How to Apply’ section on your chosen course’s web page. The page also features other important information, such as tuition fee and entry requirement details.

Please note: The ‘Overseas Representative Details’ field in the Address Details section of the form should be left blank unless you are an international applicant applying through an official UAL representative in country, in which case this code will be provided to you.

Step 2

Provide academic transcripts and immigration history details

Once you have completed your online application, you will receive an email asking for your academic transcripts and completed Immigration History Form. This email might take up to one working day to arrive - please check your spam and junk email folders regularly.

Academic transcripts

All applicants will be required to submit transcripts (documents that list all the modules or subjects you have previously studied, the marks or grades you achieved for each module and the credit rating and level of each module). We will email you with instructions on how and when to submit these. We accept transcripts produced by online student portals.

Transcripts should be officially translated into English if not provided in English .

Immigration History Form

We will send all international applicants an Immigration History Form, which you should complete and return to us in PDF format.

Step 3

Provide additional work and documents

In January, of the year you wish to study, you will be required to submit additional work and/or documents.

We will email you with details about what we need, and further information can be found on your chosen course’s webpage. As a guide, all applicants will be expected to submit one or several of the following:

  • Personal statement
  • Study proposal
  • Project proposal
  • Portfolio
  • Essay/written assignment
  • References
  • Curriculum vitae (CV).

Submitting a portfolio

All applicants will be expected to submit an electronic portfolio via the e-portfolio tool PebblePad. We will email full information on when and how to do this, but please note the following:

PebblePad can only accept these file formats:

Images: BMP; GIF; JPEG; PNG

Audio: MP3; MP4; Ogg; WAV; WMA

Video: AVI; MP4; MPEG; MKV; MOV; WMV

The maximum file size is 4000 pixels per file. Larger files will be compressed. Individual images should be no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels.

Where possible, work should be scanned rather than photographed. Large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned.

As a general rule, your portfolio should consist of recent work and should reflect your creative strengths. Visit our Portfolio Preparation page for further advice.

We can only consider applications once all additional information and documents have been provided

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 webpage.