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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 (now closed for 2015/16 entry)

Applying for our Scholarships

There is no separate application form for our scholarships. Simply indicate in the 'Funding Awards' section of the online application form which scholarship you wish to be considered for, commencement date is the date the programme begins ie.28/09/2015. Fill in the details you can based on the information on our website and write N/A where the information is not available to you.

Personal Statement

In the personal statement please tell us why you feel you should be awarded the particular scholarship you have applied for.

In particular we are looking for motivation and likelihood that the student will complete the four year programme in its entirety and successfully. We'd also like to hear about 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.

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

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.

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

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.


“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

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

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.

Overseas residents

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.