Postgraduate Funding

Choosing to study for a postgraduate qualification is a big commitment. As well as being time-consuming and hard work, it can be expensive. But help is available, whether through loans, bursaries, scholarships or charities. Explore your funding options here.

  • For UK citizens the most popular and common form of postgraduate funding is the Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL). However this usually just covers the tuition fee's with a little left over for maintenance.
  • Students often obtain funding for postgraduate study through studentships, bursaries, grants and loans. For more information we recommend you visit the UCL Scholarship and Funding webpage.

    You can also search for postgraduate funding on the Scholarship Search or Prospects websites.

  • External websites such as FindAMasters and FindAPhD offers some useful funding advice and a functional postgraduate grant search tool.
  • Studentships are postgraduate positions that have funding attached for fees, living expenses or both. They’re mainly funded by Research Councils UK.
  • The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality. The Alternative Guide Online contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application. UCL has purchased a licence to the Guide, and so it’s free for all students and staff to use! Login Now! If you are a prospective student who has applied to the university, please email to get an access PIN.
  • Teacher training, social work, medical and healthcare courses all have funding support.

    You can apply for funding for:Initial Teacher Training, social work - through a social work bursary and most medical or healthcare courses - through an NHS bursary.

  • The UCL Widening Particpation team is always on the lookout for postgraduate "Taster Presenters" who can deliver a 45 minute interactive and engaging session to any school year group.
    Working as a taster presenter is an excellent way to develop teaching skills, to practise communicating your research, and to inspire young people to study your subject in the future. Taster presenters are paid for their work, and work opportunities are available throughout the year. For further information please see:Taster Presenters
  • Consult the following directories, which you're likely to find at the university careers service, library or council for voluntary service.

Charities Digest

The Directory of Grant-Making Trusts (Directory of Social Change)

The Grants Register: the Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide (Palgrave Macmillan Ltd)

The Educational Grants Directory (Directory of Social Change)

  • If you are an international student searching for financial information about studying in the UK, please visit the UKCISA website.
  • Remember to ask or even convince your employer to see if they can sponsor you to attend a PG course. Especially if your further study will help the company in the long term.