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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.

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.

Scholarships for UK students

We offer two scholarships annually covering fees at the UK level plus an annual stipend to cover living costs.  UK resident students may apply for these.

ESRC scholarships

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 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.

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.