Information for International Applicants

General Information
For general information on applying to UCL as an overseas student, please see the following link, which has a lot of important information for overseas applicants.

What are the English language requirements?

A strong command of the English language is essential for the doctroral programme. All students on the doctoral programme must satisfy UCL’s English Language requirements, as detailed on the following web-page:

Please read the requirements on that page carefully. For the doctoral programme you will need language qualifications at the “Standard Level”.

If you do not yet satisfy the requirements you may still apply to the doctoral programme, but we strongly recommend that you gain an acceptable qualification as soon as you can. UCL is very strict about these criteria. Without satisfying the criteria, UCL cannot make a formal offer to you, and this may delay your visa application (if relevant) and prevent you from starting at UCL.

What is my fee status?

The UK has different rules for fees and funding for applicants who qualify for EU fee status, and those who do not and must pay international fees. Approximately, the criteria is as follows – applicants are eligible for EU fee status if they are EU nationals and have resided within the European Economic Area or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their graduate studies. Please check the details at the following link to determine your status:


What funding is available through the Doctoral Programme for international applicants?

EU-fee status applicants

The doctoral programme can provide studentships for up to 5 students with EU fee status each academic year. The studentship will cover all tuition fees and maintenance over the 4 years of the programme.

All other overseas applicants

The Doctoral Programme can provide a small number of studentships for overseas students who do not qualify for EU-fee status. The CDT can award just one studentship to a non-EU overseas student each year. The studentship will cover all tuition fees and maintenance over the 4 years of the programme.

For more information on funding provided by the Doctoral Programme, see: What funding does the centre provide?

Since the numbers of non-EU studentships we can award is limited, we strongly encourage overseas applicants to apply for other funding to support their studies, such as the scholarships described in the sections below on UCL and external funding.

What about external scholarships?

We strongly recommend that overseas applicants apply for external scholarships when possible.

It is essential that these scholarships provide maintenance at a similar level to the standard UCL PhD scholarship rate (currently approx. £15,726 per annum) over the full four years of the Doctoral Programme integrated MRes/ PhD. For competitively won scholarships, it may be possible for the progrmme to offer students a tuition fee waiver.

There is more information about scholarship schemes at the following link:

Will I need a visa to study in the UK?

All overseas (non-EU) students wishing to study in the UK will need a visa from the UK Border Agency. Please make sure that you fully inform yourself of the visa you would need to study at UCL, the application process and the correct time to apply to ensure that you can begin your studies at UCL in September 2018. More details can be found here:

Do you accept self-funded students?

The Doctoral Programme will accept self-funded students of exceptional calibre. All overseas applicants must, in the first instance, apply for the programme’s international scholarship. We will only admit self-funded students who have sufficiently impressed us at interview.

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