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.
- Student Finance England Postgraduate Loan (Master's only)
- Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) are bank loans to pay for
courses and training that help with your career or help get you into
work. Applicants must be a British Citizen and have lived in the UK at least 3 years before their course starts.
- 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 British Council will sign post funding opportunites for International and EU students.
Grants, Charities and Trusts
- Turn 2 Us Grants Search database contains information on over 3,000 charitable funds offering welfare and educational grants, as well as other support and services.
- 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. UCL has purchased a licence to the Guide, and so it’s free for all students and staff to use. If you are a prospective student who has applied to the university, please email to get an access the PIN.
- The charity Family Action runs the Educational Grants Programme (EGS).
- 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)
Additional Sources of Funding
- Speak to your Faculty/Department about subject specific awards/prizes.
- 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.
- The UCL Widening Participation 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.
Taster presenters are paid for their work, and opportunities are available throughout the year. For further information please see: Taster Presenters