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Students can be accepted onto this four year PhD programme under a number of different funding regimes. 

  • They may be self funded
  • They may apply for other scholarships (eg. British Council scholarships etc)
  • They may be sponsored by a commercial or public-sector organisation, possibly through an EPSRC CASE award
  • They may be awarded a scholarship from their home country if they are overseas students

For more information on the scholarships available, visit the pages appropriate to your legal residency status by navigating to the relevant tab.

The fee for UK residents is currently £4,635 per annum.

For details of scholarships for 2015/2016 please click here

UK residents

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 menu on the left.

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.

1. Self funding


We can accept students onto the programme as long as they can fund the first year of the course. In most cases, we expect such students to be successful in securing funding for the PhD element of the course from a variety of sources however, it will be the student's responsibility to organise such funding before Year 2 commences.

Students will be expected to spend most of their time on the campus, and should not expect to fund their studies by working part time.

2. EPSRC scholarships for UK residents


Each year we expect to make 11 EPSRC Scholarship Awards which cover fees and a tax-free stipend of approximately £16,863 per annum, for each of the four years of the PhD course.

  • Eligibility for the EPSRC scholarship


Full EPSRC scholarhips are awarded to UK residents to carry out security-related projects involving scientific research (or exceptionally indirectly) leading to progress in the engineering and physical sciences.

Students must be able to demonstrate 'a capability to undertake and benefit from research training through to completion, to the standard necessary to qualify for a PhD in their specialist discipline'.

  • Applying for the EPSRC scholarship

There is no separate application form for the fees only EPSRC scholarship. Complete sections 21-23 - as indicated below - in the UCL Application Form mentioned in the Applications section of this website. (IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR ANY OTHER TYPE OF SCHOLARSHIP PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE FOR THAT SCHOLARSHIP.)

Filling in relevant sections on UCL Application Form if you are applying for the EPSRC Scholarship:

21. Personal statement

In the personal statement, as well as other requested information please tell us why you feel you should be awarded the EPSRC scholarship. In particular we are looking for motivation and likelihood for the student to complete the four year programme successfully, your career goals and what difference this scholarship/programme will make to them. Continue on a separate sheet if necessary.

We will assess all applications on the basis of merit and scholarships will be awarded on this basis, not on the basis of financial need.

22. How will you be financing your studies at UCL?

Please tick 'Studentship/Scholarship'

23. If you hold or intend to apply for funding please state:

Name of award:          Please write: EPSRC Scholarship
Value and duration:     Please write: Fees+stipend for four years

Has it been awarded:   Please tick 'Decision Pending'

Additional attachments

Overseas nationals applying under UK resident status are required to attach a copy of the stamp in their passport declaring they have indefinite leave to remain in the country to their application.

  • Advisory note on seeking alternative funding

EPSRC scholarship places are limited and competitive and we advise all candidates to allow plenty of time to secure alternative sources of funding if they wish to take up a place on the course. In practice this usually means securing potential sponsorship or private funding before the scholarship allocations are announced.

3. ESRC scholarships for UK residents

In  May 2009 ESRC announced its new Postgraduate Training Framework. The Framework moves the ESRC away from a system of providing training through recognised outlets and individual courses and will instead create a new national infrastructure through the establishment of institutional and consortium level Doctoral Training Centres (DTC) and Doctoral Training Units (DTU). Until the end of ESRC's accreditation exercise, UCL SECReT will not be able to sponsor ESRC funded students.

4. Other scholarships for UK residents

There exist a number of other funding opportunities open to UK residents. Many of them require both a confirmation of admission and a departmental nomination. Details of these scholarships (including the Graduate School Research Scholarship, ORS award and Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award) can be found here.

IMPORTANT: Following the interview, successful candidates are made an offer for a place on the MRes and a conditional offer on the PhD. For this reason, prospective students may need to either fund the first year themselves or apply for a masters scholarship to cover the first year of the SECReT four-year programme. Follow this link for details of UCL masters scholarships for UK residents.

5. Sponsorship for UK residents

Applicants may be sponsored by a commercial or public-sector organisation, possibly through an EPSRC CASE award. For more information on current vacancies and how your organisation can sponsor you, please visit our industry section.

The fee for EU residents is currently £4,635 per annum.

For details of scholarships in 2015/2016 please click here

EU residents

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 menu on the left. 

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.

1. Self funding


We can accept students onto the programme as long as they can fund the first year of the course. In most cases, we expect such students to be successful in securing funding for the PhD element of the course from a variety of sources however, it will be the student's responsibility to organise such funding before Year 2 commences.

Students will be expected to spend most of their time on the campus, and should not expect to fund their studies by working part time.

2. EPSRC scholarships for EU residents


EU residents are eligible for fees only EPSRC scholarship awards for each of the four years of the PhD course. If the student is awarded a fees only EPSRC scholarship they must make their own arrangements for living costs, for example through an industry sponsor or self-funding.

  • Eligibility for the EPSRC scholarship


Fees only EPSRC scholarships are awarded to EU residents to carry out security-related projects involving scientific research (or exceptionally indirectly) leading to progress in the engineering and physical sciences.

Students must be able to demonstrate 'a capability to undertake and benefit from research training through to completion, to the standard necessary to qualify for a PhD in their specialist discipline'.

  • Applying for the EPSRC scholarship

There is no separate application form for the fees only EPSRC scholarship. Complete sections 21-23 - as indicated below - in the UCL Application Form mentioned in the Applications section of this website. (IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR ANY OTHER TYPE OF SCHOLARSHIP PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE FOR THAT SCHOLARSHIP.)

Filling in relevant sections on UCL Application Form if you are applying for the EPSRC Scholarship:

21. Personal statement

In the personal statement, as well as other requested information please tell us why you feel you should be awarded the fees only EPSRC scholarship. In particular we are looking for motivation and likelihood for the student to complete the four year programme successfully, your career goals and what difference this scholarship/programme will make to them. Continue on a separate sheet if necessary.

We will assess all applications on the basis of merit and scholarships will be awarded on this basis, not on the basis of financial need.

22. How will you be financing your studies at UCL?

Please tick 'Studentship/Scholarship'

23. If you hold or intend to apply for funding please state:

Name of award:          Please write: EPSRC Scholarship
Value and duration:     Please write: Fees only for four years

Has it been awarded:   Please tick 'Decision Pending'

  • Advisory note on seeking alternative funding

EPSRC scholarship places are limited and competitive and we advise all candidates to allow plenty of time to secure alternative sources of funding if they wish to take up a place on the course. In practice this usually means securing potential sponsorship or private funding before the scholarship allocations are announced. We accept candidates onto the course who have funding from their home country.

3. ESRC scholarships for EU residents

In  May 2009 ESRC announced its new Postgraduate Training Framework. The Framework moves the ESRC away from a system of providing training through recognised outlets and individual courses and will instead create a new national infrastructure through the establishment of institutional and consortium level Doctoral Training Centres (DTC) and Doctoral Training Units (DTU). Until the end of ESRC's accreditation exercise, UCL SECReT will not be able to sponsor ESRC funded students.

4. Other scholarships for EU residents

There exist a number of other funding opportunities open to UK residents. Many of them require both a confirmation of admission and a departmental nomination. Details of these scholarships (including the Graduate School Research Scholarship, ORS award and Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award) can be found here.

IMPORTANT: Following the interview, successful candidates are made an offer for a place on the MRes and a conditional offer on the PhD. For this reason, prospective students may need to either fund the first year themselves or apply for a masters scholarship to cover the first year of the SECReT four-year programme. Follow this link for details of UCL masters scholarships for UK residents.

5. Sponsorship for EU residents

Applicants may be sponsored by a commercial or public-sector organisation, possibly through an EPSRC CASE award. For more information on current vacancies and how your organisation can sponsor you, please visit our industry section.

The fee for overseas residents is currently £21,530 per annum.

Follow this link for details of UCL masters scholarships for overseas residents.

Overseas residents

You are a legal overseas resident if you:

  • Are neither a UK resident nor EU resident

Information for UK residents or EU residents can be found via the menu on the left.

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.

1. Self funding


We can accept students onto the programme as long as they can fund the first year of the course. In most cases, we expect such students to be successful in securing funding for the PhD element of the course from a variety of sources however, it will be the student's responsibility to organise such funding before Year 2 commences.

Students will be expected to spend most of their time on the campus, and should not expect to fund their studies by working part time.

2. EPSRC scholarships for overseas residents

Overseas-based candidates are not eligible for the EPSRC scholarships.

3. ESRC scholarships for overseas residents

In  May 2009 ESRC announced its new Postgraduate Training Framework. The Framework moves the ESRC away from a system of providing training through recognised outlets and individual courses and will instead create a new national infrastructure through the establishment of institutional and consortium level Doctoral Training Centres (DTC) and Doctoral Training Units (DTU). Until the end of ESRC's accreditation exercise, UCL SECReT will not be able to sponsor ESRC funded students.

4. Other scholarships for overseas residents

There exist a number of other funding opportunities open to UK residents. Many of them require both a confirmation of admission and a departmental nomination. Details of these scholarships (including the UK-China SfE, Graduate School Research Scholarship, ORS award and Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award) can be found here.

IMPORTANT: Following the interview, successful candidates are made an offer for a place on the MRes and a conditional offer on the PhD. For this reason, prospective students may need to either fund the first year themselves or apply for a masters scholarship to cover the first year of the SECReT four-year programme. Follow this link for details of UCL masters scholarships for overseas residents.

The final date of receipt of UK-China SfE, GRS, UCL ORS and DHPA applications is usually mid-February. By this date you need an offer of admission and a statement of support from your prospective supervisor. Please note that these applications will only be considered if your prospective supervisor has agreed to nominate you. In order to be considered for an overseas scholarship, your application for admission must be submitted to UCL before our first deadline.

5. Sponsorship for UK residents

Applicants may be sponsored by a commercial or public-sector organisation. For more information on current vacancies and how your organisation can sponsor you, please visit our industry section.