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.


  • Student Finance England Postgraduate Loan (Master's only)
  • 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.


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 actions 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