You are a legal EU resident if you:
Information for UK residents or overseas residents can be found via the menu on the left.
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.
Self funded students
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.
This year, as well as the fees only funding detailed below, we are able to offer ONE full EPSRC scholarship covering fees and stipend to EU or Overseas students. Such students must have exceptional academic backgrounds, and their proposed research area must tie in with the strategic goals of our centre.
Due to the fact that only one such EPSRC scholarship is available we strongly advise all EU or overseas applicants who apply for this scholarship to also immediately look for alternative sources of funding.
EU residents are also 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 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.
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 or fees and stipend 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.
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.
Other scholarships for EU residents
There exist a number of other funding opportunities open to EU 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.
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.