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Apply for a Research Degree

Applications for research degrees starting in October 2018 are now open and will be submitted through the UAL online applications system.

There are 2 deadlines for applications, one for those wishing to be considered for AHRC funding, and one for all other applications.  Please note, you may only apply to one college – we cannot guarantee that an application will be considered if it is sent to multiple colleges.

Applications are only processed after each deadline has passed and it may take a few weeks for your application to be assessed and an update provided via the online application system.

  • 9am on Monday 13 November 2017 (Applicants wishing to be considered for AHRC funding must apply to this deadline) - this deadline has now passed
  • 9am on Monday 16 April 2018 (Non-AHRC funding applicants deadline) - 

    this deadline has now passed

  • 9 am on Monday 30 April 2018 (UAL & Kings Studentship only) - this deadline has now passed

You are advised to use the Guidance on How to Write a Research Proposal to help you to prepare a submission of your research degree application.

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Transfer from another institution

We welcome research degree students who would like to transfer their MPhil or PhD from another institution to UAL.

You can transfer your research degree studies to start at UAL at the beginning of any month throughout the academic year, but please be aware that it may take up to 3 months to process your application.

If you begin at UAL on any date other than 1 October in any academic year, your tuition fees for your first year will be pro-rated; tuition fees will then be charged as normal in subsequent academic years.

Application process

To apply, send your completed, signed and dated Research Degree Transfer Application Form, along with all applicable accompanying documents as email attachments, to researchdegrees@arts.ac.uk.

You must include the following documents as attachments to your email:

  • fully completed Research Degree Transfer Application Form;
  • copies of all relevant higher education certificates;
  • a copy of your current passport or identity card;
  • a copy of your current UK visa (if applicable);
  • evidence of your English language proficiency (if applicable).

University of the Arts London cannot guarantee that an application will be considered if it is sent to any other email address. Please ensure that your email, including all attachments, does not exceed 7MB, as we may not receive emails that are larger than this.

You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application within five working days of the date that you submit it. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact the Research Student Team at researchdegrees@arts.ac.uk, or on +44 (0) 20 7514 2286. Please do not resend your application.

Further information

  • You can only apply to one College. To decide which of UAL’s colleges you would like to apply to, please review their research specialisms
  • You may also contact the relevant College Academic Research contact to discuss your proposal
  • References - on your application form you must supply the names and contact details of two referees who can write a reference in support of your application to transfer your research degree studies to UAL. It is your responsibility to ensure that your referees use the Academic Reference for a Research Degree at UALand that they both submit their references in support of your application to researchdegrees@arts.ac.uk. We will not chase references on your behalf.

Visiting Student Programmes

UAL offers 3 different options for research degree students who would like to visit us as part of their studies: the Visiting Student Programme, the Study Abroad Programme, and the Exchange Student Programme.

You can begin your visit to UAL with one of these programmes at one of 3 entry points throughout the year:

  • Entry/start point: 1 October; application deadline: 1 July
  • Entry/start point: 1 January; application deadline: 1 October
  • Entry/start point: 1 April; application deadline: 1 January

To apply for one of these programmes, you must be currently studying for an MPhil or PhD at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) outside of the United Kingdom. Depending on your specific requirements, your choice of which programme to apply for will then be based on the following criteria:

The Visiting Student Programme is for students who:

  • Are currently studying for an MPhil or PhD at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) outside of the United Kingdom;
  • Would like to visit UAL for either 3 or 6 months as an ‘extra’ part of their research degree study.

The Study Abroad Programme is for students who:

  • Are currently studying for an MPhil or PhD at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) outside of the United Kingdom;
  • Would like to visit UAL for either 9 or 12 months as a substitute for one year of study at their home HEI.

The Exchange Student Programme is for students who:

  • Are currently studying for an MPhil or PhD at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) outside of the United Kingdom with which University of the Arts London has an agreed Exchange Programme in place;
  • Would like to visit UAL for either 3, 6, 9 or 12 months as an ‘extra’ part of their research degree study.

Research Degree by Published Work

To be awarded a PhD or MPhil by Published Work, candidates must submit a number of published outputs, together with an overview and critical analysis, demonstrating evidence of an original and significant contribution to knowledge (PhD) or contribution to scholarship (MPhil) within the discipline.

The work submitted should be focused, coherent and comparable in quality to a conventional PhD or MPhil thesis. It must be sufficiently extensive so as to provide convincing evidence that the research constitutes a substantial contribution to knowledge or scholarship at least equivalent to that normally demonstrated by the submission of a thesis at this level of study.