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Postgraduate

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 Master's 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.
  • Open Courses: UAL Open Courses are 8-20 week creative, accredited courses. Experience the amazing opportunities of a UAL education without the need to commit to a full-time degree or masters.

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 should contact one of UAL representatives in your country to receive personalised advice and support with your application and to hear about upcoming UAL events in your country, including portfolio workshops. Our in-country representatives can provide you with information and specialist advice about all the courses we offer, guidance on portfolio preparation, application process 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, video task, 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

For postgraduate courses at UAL there are 2 rounds of applications. This is to ensure equal consideration and fairness for all of our applicants. You must apply by 12 January 2022 for round 1 or by 13 April 2022 for round 2. You can make an application to a postgraduate course from October 2021 onwards.

We recommend you submit your application as early as possible before these deadlines, to allow the Admissions team to resolve any initial queries about your application as quickly as possible.

Home applicants

If you’re a Home 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:

  • Apply with support from a UAL representative in your country. This is our recommended way to apply to make sure you are fully supported and guided throughout the application process.
  • Through a direct application via the online application form. These can be found on the specific course page you want to apply for.

By applying through a UAL representative, you’ll have access to benefits including personalised support throughout the application, interview and enrolment process. Our in-country representatives can provide you with information and specialist advice about all the courses we offer, guidance on portfolio preparation, application process and interviews, visas and immigration, accommodation and much more.

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, a portfolio, a video task 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.

If you have applied during round 1 and you don’t hear from us, we will consider your application within round 2 and be in contact with you as soon as possible via your UAL Portal.

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.