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Postgraduate taught applications


As announced at its meeting on 26 June 2015, the Governing Body has concluded that the College in its current form, as a constituent college of the University of London, will come to an end in 2018, although its mission and work will not. Whilst options for the future of the College are explored, we are pleased to confirm we are accepting applications for full-time MA and MRes programmes commencing in September 2016 and for postgraduate certificate programmes.

We regret that we are unable to offer part-time MA and MRes programmes. Please see further details regarding the maximum period of study for programmes commencing in 2016/17.

For further updates on the future of the College, please follow our  news page.

Download the Postgraduate Application form

Please read the guidance information below carefully before submitting your application.

In this section you will find information on:

All MA and MRes programmes start in September. We accept applications throughout the year but advise you to apply early. The application deadline is 1 September, however international applicants who need a student visa to study in the UK must apply by 1 August to ensure that there is sufficient time for both Heythrop's application process and the visa application procedure to be completed.

Students interested in applying for a Postgraduate Certificate should also follow the application procedure below.


In addition to your application form you will need to supply two references. Both your referees must be familiar with your academic work, preferably from your current or recent institution. If you are currently working, you may substitute a relevant work reference.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualifications are shown on each programme page. If English is not your first language, please refer to our English language requirements page.

Applicants with a disability

We welcome applications from those with disabilities and do all we can to ensure that your participation in both the academic and social life at Heythrop is as successful as that of other students.

If you have a disability, we strongly encourage you to complete the declaration of disability and indicate any special needs on the College Application form. Having a disability will not affect your chances of being offered a place but will help to ensure we can liaise with you on your specific needs in good time. We will send you Heythrop’s disability statement which provides advice for disabled applicants.

It is a good idea for you to visit Heythrop before applying; please email so we can make any needed arrangements. We can also discuss further support during application interviews.

Application considerations

When we are reviewing applications, we look at how the abilities and interests of the applicants match their subject(s), the learning opportunities available and how this all fits with Heythrop’s ethos. We aim for those who are offered and take a place be able to complete their studies and to benefit from and be satisfied by their time at Heythrop.

Broadly, we look at:

  • Your academic qualifications – actually achieved or predicted
  • Your ability to study at the relevant level. This may be demonstrated by other evidence as well as, or occasionally instead of, your qualifications.
  • Your potential to take increasing responsibility for your own learning.
  • Your motivation to engage intellectually with issues in theology or philosophy.

We take account of:

  • Your personal statement, in particular:
    • Your reason for applying to a particular programme
    • Any work or related experience you have, paid or unpaid, and any other positions of responsibility you have held
  • Your academic reference. We need information about your academic development and progress as well as what grade predictions they have for you.
  • Any health, personal or academic problems you have encountered during your studies. Sometimes, short-term problems which affected your achievement or your grades may be taken into account when considering your application.


Application processing procedure

We will normally acknowledge your application within one week. Heythrop prefers to do this by email.

Your application is checked to ensure it is complete and includes academic references and documentary proof of your qualifications. You will be contacted if anything is missing.  Your application will not be processed until all paperwork is received.

Normally, all applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements will be asked to attend an interview at Heythrop, and they will be advised of the outcome of their interview within one week. If a place is offered conditionally, you will need to provide evidence to Heythrop by a certain date that you have met the conditions.

Visit our postgraduate programmes pages for more information on each individual programme. We are always happy to answer any query you may have; simply email We greatly encourage prospective postgraduate students to come to one of our Open Evenings.