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The Bartlett Promise Master's Scholarship

This scholarship aims to enable students from backgrounds underrepresented in The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment to pursue master's studies at The Bartlett.

The Bartlett Promise Master's Scholarship

Key information 

Value

Full tuition fees plus an allowance to cover living and study expenses (£15,364), for the normal duration of the programme at UCL. All Promise scholars will also receive on-going academic and career support during their study.

Number of awards

Up to ten scholarships are available to students starting September 2023. We are also offering up to three additional scholarships with the Aziz Foundation

Available to

Prospective students

Level

Postgraduate taught master’s programmes.

Selection criteria

We will consider your educational, personal and financial circumstances. You will need to demonstrate these in your application. Assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility criteria.

Applications

Applications for The Bartlett Promise Master's Scholarship 2023 will open on 1 March 2023 and close on 31 May at 23.45 BST.

Please note: to be eligible for The Bartlett Promise Master’s Scholarship, candidates must have an offer of admission to a Bartlett master’s programme. Those who are considering applying for the scholarship for 2023/24 are advised to review The Bartlett master’s programmes by department and apply early to secure an offer of admission to a Bartlett master’s programme by The Bartlett Promise Master’s Scholarship application deadline on 31 May 2023.

Bartlett Promise UK Master’s: application process webinar with Q&A 

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Eligibility, application and selection

Find information about the eligibility criteria for the 2023/24 academic year and how to apply as well as information on our partners.

Eligibility criteria for September 20231

The Bartlett Promise aims to enable students from backgrounds which are underrepresented in The Bartlett, to pursue postgraduate studies at The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment.

For The Bartlett Promise scholarship candidates must: 

  • be UK domiciled with home fee status or be a forced migrant2 (as defined by UCL) in the UK
  • have an offer of admission to a Bartlett master’s programme for study in 2023/24 and must not have completed a master’s (including integrated master’s degrees or degrees sometimes known as ‘undergraduate master’s) or PhD at UCL or anywhere else previously.

In addition to these, for The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation scholarship candidates must:

  • identify as a British Muslim and/or
  • work to support British Muslim communities

Candidates must also meet at least one of the additional criteria:

  • be in financial need as assessed by UCL3
  • be from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background4
  • be from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community5
  • have a disability5
  • be a care leaver5
  • have care responsibilities
  • be first generation in family to attend university at undergraduate level
  • be first generation in family to attend university at postgraduate level
(1) Eligibility criteria for 2024/25 and beyond may differ
(2) Refugee, asylum seeker or those who have been granted a temporary form of leave as the result of an asylum or human rights application (e.g. limited leave to remain, discretionary leave to remain, humanitarian protection, UASC leave) in the UK.
(3) With an assessed household income of less than £42,875
(4) We define Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds as those of a non-white heritage and individuals of mixed-heritage who self-identify as coming from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background
(5) Underrepresented groups in Higher Education
How to apply

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  • Plan your scholarship application

Read all the information and FAQs on this page carefully and note the deadlines. Make sure that you meet The Bartlett Promise eligibility criteria.

  • Choose a Bartlett School and a master’s programme which you want to study

Once you know the time frame that you have, you must identify the master’s programme that you want to study. Our nine schools other a wide range of master’s programmes in the built environment. You can search for a programme by school or by looking at the Bartlett Faculty master’s programmes.

  • Check the entry criteria for your master’s programme

Make sure that you understand the entry criteria for the programme you have chosen and are likely to meet them. All the entry requirements are on the programme webpages. Read these carefully before you apply and gather all the supporting documentation you need to upload for your application.

  • Apply for your chosen master’s programme

When you have confirmed the programme that you want to study click on the Apply Now button to make your application.

  • Wait for an offer of admission from your school

Candidates for a Bartlett Promise Master’s Scholarship can only be considered if they have secured an offer of admission to a Bartlett master’s programme. You will be asked to submit your UCL offer of admission letter when you apply to The Bartlett Promise.

  • Apply to The Bartlett Promise Master’s Scholarship

Once you have an offer of admission to a Bartlett master’s programme you can apply for The Bartlett Promise Master’s Scholarship. The application form will be open from 1 March 2023 to 31 May 2023 at 23.45 BST. 

Selection

The selection panel will assess your application based on information provided on your scholarship application form and the information you provide in your one-to-one dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship6. Assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility criteria.

(6) The Windsor Fellowship is supporting The Bartlett in conducting the one-to-one dialogues that form part of the application process. The Bartlett will share the data of applicants with the Windsor Fellowship for the purposes of conducting these dialogues. By submitting your application, you agree to The Bartlett sharing your information with the Windsor Fellowship.

Partnerships

The Bartlett Promise works in partnership with donors who share our vision of a more diversified built environment to provide additional scholarship opportunities.

Aziz Foundation

The Aziz Foundation works to support British Muslims to bring positive change to their communities and beyond by sponsoring students to pursue postgraduate programmes. The Aziz Foundation has supported four British Muslims in partnership with The Bartlett Promise in the last 2 years, and will fully fund the fees for up to three British Muslims and/or those who work to support British Muslim communities as part of The Bartlett Promise scholarship programme 2023/24.


Frequently Asked Questions 

Do you have any questions about The Bartlett Promise Master’s Scholarship? Read the frequently asked questions below. If you can’t find the answer to your question, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Eligibility

What are the eligibility criteria for September 2023?

The Bartlett Promise aims to enable students from backgrounds which are underrepresented in The Bartlett, to pursue postgraduate studies at The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment. For The Bartlett Promise scholarship candidates must:

  • be UK domiciled with home fee status or be a forced migrant2 (as defined by UCL) in the UK
  • have an offer of admission to a Bartlett master’s programme for study in 2023/24, and,
  • must not have completed a master’s at UCL or anywhere else previously (including integrated master’s degrees or degrees sometimes known as ‘undergraduate master’s).

In addition to these, for The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation scholarship candidates must:

  • identify as a British Muslim and/or
  • work to support British Muslim communities

Candidates must also meet at least one of the additional criteria:

  • be in financial need as assessed by UCL3
  • be from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background4
  • be from a Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community5
  • have a disability5
  • be a care leaver5
  • have care responsibilities
  • be first generation in family to attend university at undergraduate level
  • be first generation in family to attend university at postgraduate level
(1) Eligibility criteria for 2024/25 and beyond may differ
(2) Refugee, asylum seeker or those who have been granted a temporary form of leave as the result of an asylum or human rights application (e.g. limited leave to remain, discretionary leave to remain, humanitarian protection, UASC leave) in the UK.
(3) With an assessed household income of less than £42,875
(4) We define Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds as those of a non-white heritage and individuals of mixed-heritage who self-identify as coming from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background
(5) Underrepresented groups in Higher Education
Will I be assessed on my academic merit for The Bartlett Promise scholarship?

You must meet The Bartlett’s academic requirements. You must apply for admission to a Bartlett master’s programme. When you do this, your academic abilities will be assessed by the department that you have applied to. You must have received an offer of admission from one of The Bartlett schools to study a master’s programme in 2023/24 by 31 May 2023 (the deadline for your Bartlett Promise application submission). The Bartlett Promise team will not assess your academic ability further. For more information on the application process for a master’s programme at The Bartlett see How do I get an offer of admission on a Bartlett master’s programme? below.

How do I get an offer of admission on a Bartlett master’s programme?

You must first identify an appropriate master’s programme to study. Our nine schools offer a wide range of master’s programmes in the built environment. You can search for a programme by school or by looking at the programmes available or using the programme finder. When you have found a suitable programme, click on the Apply Now button on the programme page to make your application. Please note: MEng (Engineering and Architectural design) and MSci Architecture (ARB Part 1 & 2) are classified as an undergraduate programmes so applicants should apply to The Bartlett Promise Undergraduate scheme to study these programmes.

When must I submit my application for admission to a master’s programme?

Applications to Bartlett master’s programmes opened on 17 October 2022. We strongly advise you to apply early. To apply for The Bartlett Master’s Scholarship, you must have received an offer of admission to a Bartlett master’s programme by 31 May 2023. UCL aims to make a decision on applications within 6 weeks of receiving your completed application, academic transcripts and both references. However, please note it can take three to four months when application volumes are high. You are strongly recommended to apply early; a 6 week turn around cannot be guaranteed.

How will my UK domiciled, and home fee status be assessed?

Your UK domiciled and home fee status will be assessed by the admissions teams and your offer letter will state what you fee status is.

The Bartlett Promise – Aziz Foundation Scholarship

What is The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation Scholarship?

The Bartlett Promise works with donor organisations to increase the number of scholarships we are able to offer. The Aziz Foundation funds tuition fees for master’s scholarships for British Muslim students and/or those who work to support British Muslim communities. They look for scholars who are dedicated to:

  • Effective Advocacy and Enhancing Public Perception – facilitating better representation and contribution of Muslims to civil society to combat Islamophobia and positively transform perceptions of British Muslims
  • Community Service and Social Development – raising the aspirations and standards within British Muslim communities

Together, we offer The Bartlett Promise Scholarship supported by the Aziz Foundation (also known as The Bartlett Promise – Aziz Foundation scholarship). This award has the same value and conditions as The Bartlett Promise scholarship but you must meet the Aziz Foundation criteria to be considered.

Can I apply for both The Bartlett Promise scholarship and The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation scholarship?

Yes. By answering the Aziz Foundation questions in the application form (questions 22-24), you will be considered for both The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation scholarship, for which you must meet the specified criteria, and The Bartlett Promise scholarship.

Are there any benefits to being awarded The Bartlett Promise – Aziz Foundation scholarship?

Yes. You will join a community of Aziz Foundation scholars in addition to being part of The Bartlett Promise community. The Aziz Foundation will help you develop your leadership skills by providing you with seminars, workshops and opportunities to build your networks.

If I am awarded The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation scholarship, will I have to meet any special requirements during the year of my scholarship or beyond?

Yes. If you are awarded The Bartlett Promise – Aziz Foundation scholarship you will be asked to:

  • Provide a bio to be uploaded to the Aziz Foundation website
  • Attend the Aziz Foundation scholars’ induction day in September
  • Provide two progress reports each academic year to show that you are making good progress with your programme
  • Engage with the online platforms run by the Aziz Foundation
  • Spend the equivalent of two weeks volunteering during the year. This could consist of working with British Muslim community and civil society organisations, participating in outreach activities through formal widening participation schemes, facilitated by UCL, or undertaking informal outreach work on one’s own initiative such as giving a talk to a local secondary school.
Are there any restrictions on the eligible programmes for The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation scholarship?

No. The Aziz Foundation will sponsor all master’s programmes at The Bartlett.

Applying to The Bartlett Promise Scholarship

Do I need to have accepted the offer of a place on a Bartlett master’s programme to be able to apply for The Bartlett Promise?

Candidates applying for a master’s scholarship from The Bartlett Promise must have received an offer of admission from one of The Bartlett schools to study a master’s programme in 2023/24. This guarantees your academic merit. You do not need to have accepted the offer in order to apply to The Bartlett Promise. Please note: MEng (Engineering and Architectural design) and MSci Architecture (ARB Part 1 & 2) are classified as an undergraduate programmes so applicants should apply to The Bartlett Promise Undergraduate scheme to study these programmes.

Do I need to have an unconditional offer of admission to a Bartlett master’s programme to be able to apply for The Bartlett Promise?

No. If you have an unconditional offer, you have met all the requirements to join the programme. If you have a conditional offer, your admission offer letter will specify the conditions you need to meet for entry to the programme (e.g., you may need to achieve a 2.1 grade in your undergraduate programme). If a shortlisted candidate has a conditional offer, they will need to confirm that they have met the conditions required by 12 July 2023 so that they can be considered for an award.

What is the application process?

Once you have received an offer of admission from a Bartlett school for a master’s programme to start in September 2023, you can submit your application for The Bartlett Promise Master’s Scholarship. The application form will be available from 1 March 2023. Candidates must complete their application by 31 May 2023, 23.45 BST. We will consider your educational, personal and financial circumstances. You will need to demonstrate these in your application form. You will be asked email a copy of your offer of admission letter to Bartlett.promise@ucl.ac.uk by 31 May 2023 to be considered for shortlisting. (Please check your spam folder regularly – emails in relation to the scholarship will come from Bartlett.promise@ucl.ac.uk or s.rolph@ucl.ac.uk).

Candidates who are shortlisted will be asked to engage in a one-to-one dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship to discuss anything which you feel might support your scholarship application. This will not include describing or detailing your academic abilities. For The Bartlett Promise – Aziz Foundation scholarships, a representative of the Aziz Foundation will participate in the dialogue. The dialogues will be conducted electronically via an appropriate method agreed between the Windsor Fellowship and the applicant e.g. telephone, Zoom etc. They will be scheduled by the Windsor Fellowship 12 to 27 June 2023.

The selection panel will assess your application based on information provided on your scholarship application form and the information you provide in your one-to-one dialogue with the Windsor Fellowship. The assessment of applications will be made in relation to the eligibility criteria. For The Bartlett Promise – Aziz Foundation scholarships, a representative of the Aziz Foundation will participate in the selection process.

Can a current undergraduate student apply?

Yes, you can apply (by 31 May 2023) if you have received a conditional or unconditional offer of admission to a Bartlett master’s programme to study in 2023/24.

You will be asked to email a copy of your offer of admission letter to Bartlett.promise@ucl.ac.uk by 31 May 2023 to be considered for shortlisting. If you are awarded a scholarship and your offer letter is conditional, you must submit an unconditional offer letter by 12 July 2023 or the award will be withdrawn. (You can download your offer letters from the UCL portal).

Can a current master’s student apply?

No, only students starting their programmes in September 2023 can apply.

Is there a deadline for applying? 

Yes, the deadline is by 23.45 (BST) on 31 May 2023.

I am currently a student. Should the household income figure include my parents’ income?

If you return to your family home outside of term time, then you must include your parents’ income as you are part of their household even if physically living away from it while being a student. 

How soon after applying will I find out the outcome?

The successful applicants will be notified by email by 14 July 2023.

Post-acceptance

Besides academic supervision, what other support is available while studying?

As part of The Bartlett Promise, we will provide tailored support services to award holders throughout the life of their programme and career support beyond. We will achieve this by bringing in expertise from across UCL to create appropriate packages of support for individual scholars. In addition to this, you will be joining The Bartlett Promise Community of current and previous scholars, benefactors, supporters and friends. This community will support you during your studies and forms a network to guide and sustain you throughout your career.

You can also find a wealth of support for your wellbeing from UCL student services and from the Student Union.

Can I apply for The Bartlett Promise if I want to study part-time?

Scholars are encouraged to study full-time but part-time is also possible. The scholarship covers fees and a maintenance allowance to allow for full-time study. For part-time study, part-time fees and a pro rata stipend will be paid.

If I start as a full-time student, can I change to part-time study if required?

The Bartlett Promise covers fees and a maintenance allowance to allow scholars to study full time. Scholars must complete their programme within the expected duration of their programme. If your circumstances change significantly and changing to part-time study is necessary, it may be possible to keep your Bartlett Promise scholarship but this is not guaranteed. Please discuss with the Promise Team before making any decisions.

Is working part time while studying encouraged?

Working part time is permitted but scholars should discuss this with their supervisor and ensure that this is not detrimental to their studies. The award is for the expected length of the programme.

Scholarship value

Is there a fixed allowance amount, how much is it?

The maintenance allowance is £15,364 per year.

Will the fees and allowance be paid directly to me?

The fees will be paid directly by The Bartlett Promise to UCL fees. The maintenance allowance will be paid to you in three instalments (October, January and April).

If I have to relocate to London to study is there any financial support available?

There is no additional funding to cover relocation.

Can international students apply?

This scholarship is for UK domiciled students with home fee status only. Any Bartlett Promise scholarships for international students will have a separate application process. Please check our website for updates.

Can I defer my studies and keep my scholarship offer?

No, the scholarship offer cannot be deferred. You must take up your place in September 2023. If you are not able to take up a scholarship in 2023, you can apply again in the following year.

Can I accept The Bartlett Promise scholarship in addition to other internal or external awards?

The award may be held in conjunction with other scholarships or bursaries, as long as the total value of all your scholarships and bursaries (including The Bartlett Promise) does not exceed the stipend rate set by UKRI which is currently £19,668. This figure may change in the future in line with any changes to programme fees and average living costs in London. You must inform The Bartlett Promise team if you hold awards other than The Bartlett Promise or The Bartlett Promise - Aziz Foundation scholarship.

Is there additional funding for field trips?

There is no additional funding for field trips.

Can I interrupt my studies?

Please consult the Changes to your study pages to understand the process for interrupting your studies. You must then consult your supervisor and The Bartlett Promise team (Bartlett.promise@ucl.ac.uk) before making any decisions. Each case will be assessed on its own merits.

What happens if I have to withdraw from my studies?

Please consult the Changes to your study pages to understand the process for interrupting your studies. You must then consult your supervisor and The Bartlett Promise team (Bartlett.promise@ucl.ac.uk) before making any decisions. Each case will be assessed on its own merits.


 Contact us

If you have any queries about The Bartlett Promise, please get in touch with us: bartlett.promise@ucl.ac.uk