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People in east London's Brick Lane. Image courtesy of UAL
People in east London's Brick Lane. Image courtesy of UAL
People in east London's Brick Lane. Image courtesy of UAL

Find out how to apply for a range of postgraduate taught programmes at UAL, including Masters degrees, Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas.

UAL is home to Europe’s largest postgraduate arts and design community and each College has its own thriving postgraduate environment.

Our courses

Our 6 prestigious Colleges offer a wide range of taught courses leading to postgraduate qualifications:

  • Masters (MA, MFA, MRes, MSc, MBA; M ARCH) - these taught courses generally represent 180 credits and typically require between 1–2 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 are generally shorter than master's courses and represent fewer credits.

We also offer research degrees which may lead to an MPhil or PhD awarded in any subject area. UAL offers a range of fully funded studentships for research degree students.

Apply to Postgraduate Taught Course

Step 1: Choose your course

Browse our Postgraduate Taught Courses to find the right course for you and consider visiting us at one of our open days or evenings to find out more.

If you’re an international student, you can contact one of our international representatives from your country or area to receive personalised advice and support with your application and to hear about upcoming UAL visits to your country, including portfolio workshops and interviews.

Step 2: Check the entry requirements

  • Read the entry requirements on the ‘How to apply’ section on your chosen course page carefully before applying.
  • Courses might ask for an essay, CV, portfolio, study proposal, or personal statement as part of the application process. View these tips for portfolio preparation.
  • If English isn’t your native language, you’ll usually need to meet an English language requirement.

Step 3: Think about funding

Step 4: Apply

You can make an application to a postgraduate taught course from October onwards.

The deadline for applications varies from course to course, so make sure you check the ‘How to apply’ section of the course page you're interested in for more details.

Home/EU applicants

If you’re a Home/EU applicant, apply using the online application form that you’ll find on the course page.

International applicants

If you’re an International applicant, you can apply in 2 different ways:

By applying through an international representative you’ll have access to benefits including in-country interviews and personalised support throughout the application and enrolment process.

Read our application guidance for international students.

Step 5: Wait for a decision

After you’ve applied, you’ll receive a confirmation email with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll contact you by email to ask you to upload any additional information, which might include inviting you to provide documents or book an interview. Make sure you check your email regularly, including spam folders.

Once we’ve reviewed and assessed your application, we’ll contact you via the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

We receive a great number of applications from talented students from the UK and across the world and it’s very important for us to ensure that each one gets the consideration it deserves. The amount of time it takes to reach a decision depends on many factors, including volume of applications, level of competition and whether your application is portfolio-based.

Read more about what happens after you apply.