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The fee for UK residents for 2017/18: £4,915
You are a legal UK resident if you have:

  • Been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the grant. This means you must have been normally resident in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) and have
  • Settled status in the UK, meaning you have no restrictions on how long you can stay and have
  • not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals)

Information for EU residents or overseas residents can be found via the tabs above.

Your status is determined in accordance with the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations (SI 1977, No. 1972) and subsequent amendments, as approved by Acts of Parliament. The final determination of applicant's fee status rests with the UCL Registry.

The fee for EU residents for 2017/18: £4,915
You are a legal EU resident if you:

  • Are an EU national and
  • Have not been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the grant. This means you must have been normally resident in the EU (apart from temporary or occasional absences) 

Information for UK residents or overseas residents can be found via the tabs above.

Your status is determined in accordance with the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations (SI 1977, No. 1972) and subsequent amendments, as approved by Acts of Parliament. The final determination of applicant's fee status rests with the UCL Registry.

The fee for overseas residents for 2017/18: £23,050.

We do not usually offer scholarships for overseas students. However do check our current lists of scholarships and the funding methods section to see scholarships available at UCL that may suit you.

You are a legal overseas resident if you:

  • Are neither a UK resident nor EU resident

Your status is determined in accordance with the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations (SI 1977, No. 1972) and subsequent amendments, as approved by Acts of Parliament. The final determination of applicant's fee status rests with the UCL Registry.

 “I came onto the SECReT programme after completing my M.S. in Computer Science from the National University of Defense Technology in China. My interests are in network security and I obtained a Chinese Scholarship Council award to come to UCL as I was very excited about the multidisciplinary research opportunities offered by SECReT. At UCL SECReT my research has really benefited by being part of a group. After all, it is not possible to eradicate cyber attacks by network technologies alone.  Doing many projects and presentations together has also helped my English improve very quickly!”

- Changwang Zhang, UCL SECReT student, China

Funding methods vary depending on your route of study


Route A:
Students can be accepted onto this four year PhD programme under a number of different funding regimes (see below for advice on filling out the application form for scholarships)

  • They may apply for one of the scholarships offered by SECReT.
  • They may be self funded - we can accept students onto the programme as long as they can fund the first year of the course. We usually expect such students to be successful in securing funding for future years, however, it will be the student's responsibility to organise such funding before Year 2 commences.
  • They may apply for for scholarships available at UCL
  • They may enter the course with a full scholarship for just the first year (the MRes year). It will be the student's responsibility to organise further funding before Year 2 commences
  • They may be sponsored by a commerical or public-sector organisation 
  • They may be awarded a scholarship from their home country if they are an overseas student

Please refer to the instructions on our How to Apply page. If you are applying for one of the department scholarships you must have submitted your application by 31st May. We will shortlist all scholarship applicants and you may be invited to interview in June if have been shortlisted.


Route B:

The UCL Department of Security and Crime Science cannot offer funding for maintenance grants. Applicants can self-fund their studies on either a full or a part time basis.

Other sources of funding are available as follows:

Scholarships available from the Department

Scholarships available from UCL

There are various postgraduate funding opportunities available from UCL centrally including:

  • Graduate Research Scholarship (GRS)
  • Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award (DHPA)
  • UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (UCL-ORS)

The financial support provided and the terms for eligibility vary. Applicants are advised to visit the scholarships website for more detailed information on each scheme including the deadline for applications.

Funding available from outside of UCL

  • sponsored by a commerical or public-sector organisation 
  • awarded a scholarship from home country if  an overseas student