Information for Prospective Students

UCL Graduate Master's Awards

Important Information for All Applicants
Through the generous donations and funding agreements made by UCL's Alumni and Friends we are able to offer a number of scholarships each year. Listed below are those awards which are aimed at Taught Master's students.

Please take a look at the various schemes (linked below). If you are eligible to apply for one or more, please complete and return the application form.

Application Procedure and Deadline

There is one application form for the funding schemes listed below; you only have to complete the application form once and do not have to indicate which scheme you wish to be considered for. The Student Funding Office will process your application form for each of the schemes you are eligible for.

Our application window will open on Monday, 5 January 2015, at which time the UCL Graduate Master's Awards Application Form and corresponding Guidance Notes will be made available on this page.

The deadline for submitting complete applications to the Student Funding Office will be Sunday, 15 March 2015.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Potential candidates must ensure that they submit a full scholarship application by the deadline irrespective of whether an offer of admission has reached them or not. After the deadline the UCL Student Funding Office will check UCL systems to confirm whether the scholarship applicant has applied for admission to one of the eligible UCL programmes. Scholarships applicants without an application for admission for an eligible programme at the time of the scholarship deadline will be excluded from the competition at this point.

Click on each funding scheme below for further details:

UCL Alumni Scholarship

(previously UCL Futures Scholarship)

Important Information for All Applicants

The UCL Alumni Scholarship aims to enable and encourage those who have gained a UCL undergraduate degree to pursue full-time Master's degree studies at UCL.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates can be from any country, but must:

  • have successfully completed or be currently completing undergraduate degree studies at UCL
  • have applied by the date of the scholarship application deadline to study a full-time Master's degree at UCL in 2015/16.

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • The value of the scholarship is £10,000.
  • The scholarship is tenable for one year only.
  • The UCL Alumni Scholarship may be held alongside other scholarships, studentships, awards, or bursaries. The amount of the UCL award may be adjusted depending on the total value of other funds received by the student.
  • Scholarship recipients are obliged to inform the UCL Student Funding Office immediately of any other funding they are awarded towards their UCL Master’s degree studies, before or subsequent to the UCL Alumni Scholarship award.
  • The scholarship will first be applied to the recipient’s tuition fees, with any remainder payable to the recipient in three equal instalments throughout the academic year towards maintenance.

Selection

The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence; however, financial need will also be taken into consideration. The scholarship will be awarded by the Council upon the recommendation of an academic selection panel.

Andrew Szmidla Postgraduate Scholarship

The aim of the Andrew Szmidla Postgraduate Scholarship is to enable and encourage academically able students from Poland to pursue their postgraduate studies at UCL. Up to three scholarships are available for the 2015/16 academic session.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Scholarship must:

  • be ordinarily resident in Poland
  • have applied by the date of the scholarship application deadline to study a full-time Master's degree at UCL in 2015/1.

Selection Criteria

The criteria for awarding the scholarship is academic excellence and financial need.

Value: Benefits and Duration

The successful recipient will be awarded £10,000 for one academic year only which may be applied directly to tuition fees or paid in three equal instalments throughout the academic year towards maintenance.

Selection and Notification of Results

The scholarship will be awarded by recommendation of a panel composed of members of UCL staff. 

Brown Family Bursary

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be:

  • prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
  • currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
  • in financial need.

Selection criteria

The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office and the Deputy Dean of Students (Welfare).

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • The value of the bursary is £12,500. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
  • The bursary is tenable for one year only.
  • The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

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The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom. The aim of the scheme is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. The scheme allows them to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.

Awards are for taught Master's programmes only, subjects must be related to the economic, social and technological development of a candidate's country.

UCL expects to be able to allocate five awards this academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • be nationals of (or permanently domiciled in) a Commonwealth developing country, and not currently be living or studying in a developed country (please see the CSSS information booklet for a list of eligible countries)
  • hold a first degree at either first- or upper second-class level
  • be sufficiently fluent in English to pursue the programme
  • have not previously studied for one year or more in a developed country
  • not be employed by a government department (at national level) or a parastatal organisation (employees of universities are normally acceptable)
  • be themselves, or through families, unable to pay for the proposed programme of study in the UK
  • be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete
  • apply for admission to UCL for one of the eligible programmes below.
Institute for Global Health
Global Health and Development MSc
Institute of Archaeology
Museum Studies MA
Managing Archaeological Sites MA
Development Planning Unit
Development Administration and Planning MSc
Environment and Sustainable Development MSc
Urban Development Planning MSc
Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc
Genetics Institute
Genetics of Human Disease MSc
School of Slavonic and East European Studies
Comparative Business Economics MA
School of Medicine and Life Sciences
Clinical & Public Health Nutrition MSc

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • The award will cover tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, economy air travel to and from the UK at the beginning and end of the scholar’s degree programme plus additional discretionary allowances. 
  • Awards are normally tenable for one year.

Application Procedure and Deadlines

  • You must separately apply for admission to UCL for one of the eligible programmes through the standard admissions procedure.
  • All applications received before the deadline will be considered. If an application is received after this deadline it will not be deemed eligible and cannot be considered.
  • You must also complete the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Electronic Application System (EAS) online: by their deadline of Thursday, 16 April 2015

Selection Procedure

The CSSS is a shared scholarship between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) and UCL, and selected candidates have to be accepted and approved by both parties, hence the requirement to also complete the CSSS online application form. 

The successful and reserve candidates will be selected upon the recommendation of an academic panel and the Student Funding Office.

Notification of Results

Successful and reserve candidates selected by UCL can expect to be informed by email at the beginning of June. Final notification by the CSC should be expected around the beginning of July.

Further information can be found on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website here.

Greenbank Scholarship

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be:

  • current or prospective full-time UCL Master's students
  • In financial need as assessed by UCL

Selection criteria

The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office and the Deputy Dean of Students (Welfare).

Value, Benefits and Durations

  • The value of the bursary is £10,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments
  • The bursary is tenable for one year only
  • The bursary may be held alongside other awards

Professor Malcolm Grant Scholarship (PG)

The Professor Malcolm Grant Scholarship was established to celebrate the exceptional contribution of the outgoing President & Provost to the UCL community over 10 years.

The aim of the Professor Malcolm Grant Scholarship (PG) is to enable and encourage UCL Alumni who can show leadership potential as well as demonstrate financial need to pursue their Master's studies at UCL. One award is available commencing in the 2015/16 academic session.

Eligibility Requirements

  • have successfully completed or be currently completing undergraduate degree studies at UCL
  • have applied by the date of the scholarship application deadline to study a full-time Master's degree at UCL in 2015/16.

Selection Criteria

The criteria for awarding the scholarship are financial need and leadership potential.

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • The successful recipient will be awarded £25,000 for the duration of their programme at UCL subject to satisfactory academic progress, payable in equal instalments as determined by the length of the programme of study.
  • The scholarship will first be applied to the recipient’s tuition fees, with any remainder payable to the recipient in three equal instalments throughout the academic year towards maintenance.

Santander Master's Scholarship

Santander masters new logo Nov. 2009
Important Information for all Applicants

The Santander Master's Scholarships (funded by Santander), aim to assist the most academically able students from leading universities to pursue a Master's programme at UCL.

Up to 12 scholarships will be awarded each year to students from the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
  • Puerto Rico
  • Urugua.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must: 

  • be nationals of one of the Santander network countries listed above AND
  • be expected to obtain, or already possess, a Bachelor's degree awarded at a level equivalent to first-class Honours in a UK Bachelor's degree AND;
  • have applied by the date of the scholarship application deadline to study a full-time Master's degree at UCL in 2015/16.

Selection Criteria

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Financial circumstances are not taken into account. The final selection is made by a panel of UCL senior academics, who may be joined by a representative from Santander.

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • This Scholarship is awarded for one year only, and consists of a one-off award of £5,000.
  • A scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
  • Unless otherwise requested by the scholar, the scholarship is usually set against tuition fees. If payment is made directly to the scholarship-holder, the award is paid in three equal installments at the start of each term.

Thomas Witherden Batt Scholarship

The aim of the Thomas Witherden Batt Scholarship is to enable and encourage those who might have financial constraints in pursuing a full-time Master's degree to study at UCL. Four awards are available commencing in the 2015/16 academic session.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Scholarship must:

  • be ordinarily resident in the UK
  • have applied by the date of the scholarship application deadline to study a full-time Master of Science degree at UCL in 2015/16.

Selection Criteria

The criteria for awarding the scholarship is financial need.

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • The successful recipient will be awarded £10,000.
  • The award is tenable for one year of full-time study.
  • The scholarship will first be applied to the recipient’s tuition fees, with any remainder payable to the recipient in three equal instalments throughout the academic year towards maintenance.

Notification of Results

The scholarships will be awarded by recommendation of a panel composed of members of UCL staff. The successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible once a decision has been made, ideally by mid-June 2015. If a scheme does not fit this timescale, further information will be included above.

We are unable to inform unsuccessful applicants. If you do not hear from the UCL Student Funding Office by the end of June, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Contact Details

If you have any queries please get in touch. UCL Student Funding contact details can be found here.

Page last modified on 27 nov 14 16:56 by Patricia Newby


*NOTE: All scholarship and student funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.

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