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MPhil/PhD fees and scholarships

Find out more about fees, funding and scholarship opportunities for the MPhil/PhD programme at UCL Laws.

Fees and finance

Tuition fees cover all elements of your tuition, registration and examination. If applicable, any additional research expenses will be specified on your formal offer of admission.

Full details of the tuition fees for each academic year can be found under the Fee Schedule pages of the UCL Current Students website.

Tuition fees for subsequent years are subject to increase. You should make provision for such increases and this is implicit in accepting the offer of a place at UCL.

You must pay at least 50% of your tuition fee before or at enrolment to be fully enrolled, or provide a letter of sponsorship indicating who should be invoiced for your fee.

Tuition fees for 2021 entry

UK students

UCL’s tuition fees for UK students registered on graduate research programmes at UCL Laws for 2021-22 are £5,525 for full-time students, and £2,765 for part-time students.

International students

UCL’s tuition fees for international students registered on graduate research programmes at UCL Laws are £20,710 for full-time students and £10,550 for part-time students for the academic year 2021-22.

Tuition fees for 2022-23 may increase. Further information relating to on tuition fees can be found in the Money section of the UCL Current Students website.

Living costs

As well as your tuition fees, you will also need to think about how you are going to meet your living costs – accommodation, food and travel, as well as other costs associated with your studies and everyday life.

Find more information about living costs and managing your money on the UCL Prospective Students website.

Funding and scholarships

There are a number of different scholarships available to fund your PhD. All are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and are competitive.

Each requires a different application process and deadline so please do read the following information carefully and adhere to the deadlines specified. No late applications will be accepted.

The UCL Laws Scholarship Panel can nominate up to two current PhD students for a Modern Law Review (MLR) scholarship. Please note that in this regard the UCL Laws Panel is acting on behalf of all of UCL, because MLR only allows two nominations per institution. The UCL Laws Panel will consider a PhD student from another Faculty if their research is within the publishing interests of the Modern Law Review.

Please see also the UCL guidance on Funding for students on postgraduate research courses, which provides information on other possible funding sources. 

Please note the application round for scholarships for 2021/22 has closed. The information below pertains to scholarships for a 2022/23 start date.

Scholarship opportunities

Faculty Research Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, research potential and research area. Candidates must have an outstanding academic track record, an excellent research proposal and strong references as competition for these scholarships is high. Financial need is not an essential criterion but will be taken into account in tie-break cases, namely when there are two equally well qualified candidates on the basis of academic excellence.

A UCL Laws FRS covers the cost of tuition fees, plus a maintenance stipend per annum for full time study. The stipend for 2022/23 is £18,000 per annum. Costs are pro-rated for part-time students.

Awards are made initially for one year but will be renewed for a second year, subject to satisfactory completion of studies during your first year. They will be renewed for a third year, provided the student has been upgraded to full PhD status and continues to make satisfactory progress in the programme. Scholarships may be held with a teaching or otherwise salaried position in the faculty.

How To Apply
All successful applicants to the UCL Laws PhD programme are automatically considered for our prestigious Faculty Research Scholarships (FRS), awarded directly by the faculty. There is no separate application form.

To be considered for the scholarship candidates must apply for the PhD programme by Thursday 18th November 2021. Further details about applications are available here

Four Faculty Research Scholarships after named after distinguished legal figures associated with the Faculty:

  • Orme Scholarship: Eliza Orme was the first woman to earn a law degree in England, graduating from UCL with an LLB in 1888. This followed UCL’s groundbreaking decision to become the first UK university to permit women on an equal footing to men, in 1878. While women at the time were not permitted to qualify as a barrister or solicitor, Orme made a career drafting legal documents from her office in Chancery Lane. She was also involved in the National Society for Women’s Suffrage.
     
  • Lawrence Scholarship: Reina Lawrence was London’s first woman councillor. After receiving her LLB from UCL in 1893, Lawrence served on the Hampstead Distress Committee, helping the unemployed, before the Qualification of Women Act 1907 opened the way for female candidates in council elections. Lawrence stood for Hampstead Borough Council and was elected for the Belsize Ward with a large majority.
     
  • Clarke Scholarship: Ellis Clarke graduated from UCL Laws in 1940, being called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn the following year. Clarke returned to his native Trinidad and Tobago and served as a lawyer and, following that country’s independence from Britain, in a number of government posts including Ambassador to the United States and Ambassador to the UN. Knighted in 1963, Sir Ellis was instrumental in drafting a new republican constitution for Trinidad and Tobago and following its adoption was appointed President, serving in that capacity from 1976 to 1987.
     
  • Elias Scholarship: Taslim Olawale Elias graduated from UCL with an LLB in 1946, being called to the bar at the Inner Temple the following year. Elias completed his LLM and PhD at UCL, becoming the first African to earn a PhD in Law from the University of London in 1949. In the run up to Nigerian independence in 1960, Elias played a key role in drafting the constitution and on its adoption was appointed Attorney General and Minister of Justice. In 1972 he became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, and served in a number of important international roles including Chairman of the UN International Law Commission, and helping to draft the Constitutions of the Congo and the Organisation of African Unity (forerunner to the African Union). In 1976 he was appointed a judge at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, becoming its President in 1982.
UCL Laws Research Opportunity Scholarship

The UCL Faculty of Laws offers UCL Laws Research Opportunity Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, research potential and research area. Candidates must have an outstanding academic track record and excellent research proposal. Financial need is an essential criterion for the scholarship. It is a condition for eligibility for these scholarships that candidates qualify for ‘UK fee status’ as defined here by UCL, and are domiciled in the UK.

A UCL Laws Research Opportunity Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, plus a maintenance stipend per annum for full time study. The stipend for 2022/23 is £18,000 per annum. Costs are pro-rated for part-time students.

Awards are made initially for one year but will be renewed for a second year, subject to satisfactory completion of studies during your first year. They will be renewed for a third year, provided the student has been upgraded to full PhD status and continues to make satisfactory progress in the programme. Scholarships may be held with a teaching or otherwise salaried position in the faculty.

How To Apply
There is not a separate application form for this scholarship, and all applicants successful at interview will be given the option to provide financial information in order to be considered for the UCL Laws Research Opportunity Scholarship.

To be considered for the scholarship candidates must apply for the PhD programme by Thursday 18th November 2021. Further details about applications are available here

IBIL Intellectual Property Scholarship – PhD Scholarship for 2022/23

The UCL Laws Institute of Brand and Innovation Law is offering a scholarship in 2022/23. The scholarship will fund one PhD student to undertake research in the field of Intellectual Property, and will provide a stipend of £18,000 per year for 3 years. Fees at the Home rate are covered (the scholarship is open to international students as well; if successful, an international student would receive a discount on the international fees equivalent to the value of the Home fees, and would need to cover the difference with their own funds).

For more information about the Institute for Brand and Innovation Law, including a list of academic staff open to supervising PhD research, please see the Institute website.

The Institute of Brand and Innovation Law would like to thank its sponsors for their generosity, which has made this scholarship possible. Details of IBIL's sponsors can be found on our website.

How To Apply
All applicants to the UCL Laws PhD Programme in the field of Intellectual Property will be considered for the scholarship. There is no separate application form.

To be considered for the scholarship candidates must apply for the PhD programme by Thursday 18th November 2021. Further details about applications are available here

UCL Graduate Research Scholarships

UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) aim to attract high-quality students to undertake research at UCL. The university usually awards approximately 20 UCL GRS annually to prospective and current UCL research students from any country.

These are highly competitive scholarships and are awarded only to the most outstanding potential and existing research students from all UCL departments and faculties.

The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the standard postgraduate Home rate plus a maintenance stipend (2021-22: *£17,609/2022/23: TBC) for full-time study (benefits are calculated 'pro rata' for part-time students). The scholarship also includes additional research costs of up to £1,200 per year for the stated duration of the programme. Awards are normally tenable for years 1, 2, and 3 of a full-time research degree programme (or years 1-5 of a part-time programme), subject to annual review and renewal. 

*If awarded a GRS scholarship, the Faculty of Laws will top-up this stipend to £18,000 to match the stipends provided by the Faculty Research Scholarships.

How To Apply
All further information and required materials for application can be found online
here. There is a separate application form which must be sent to phd-law@ucl.ac.uk
You must also have applied to the PhD programme by Thursday 18th November 2021. Further details about applications are available here

London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) and Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship

We are partnered with the AHRC-funded London Arts & Humanities Doctoral Training Partnership. These are studentships that normally cover fees and maintenance allowance (stipend). 

Candidates should be aware that the LAHP studentship competition is a twin-track process, and they will need to:

  1. Apply for a place of study on their chosen PhD programme at one of the LAHP partner institutions
  2. Apply separately and directly to LAHP for a studentship.

How To Apply
Please see the LAHP's website on how to apply for further information and guidance on the application process. You must also have applied to the PhD programme by Thursday 18th November 2021. Further details about applications are available here

Applicants for studentships with the LAHP opens late November. For more information please see the LAHP website as LAHP runs this process themselves, it is not run by the Faculty of Laws. If you are intending to apply for an LAHP studentship, please make note of this on your application to the UCL Faculty of Laws. 

Upcoming information session for prospective students and supervisors to the LAHP Open studentship competition:

  • Tuesday the 7th December 2021 11-12pm

Places can be booked using the following link: Information session registration

Modern Law Review Scholarship

The UCL Laws Scholarship Panel can nominate up to two current PhD students for a Modern Law Review (MLR) scholarship. Please note that in this regard the UCL Laws Panel is acting on behalf of all of UCL, because MLR only allows two nominations per institution. The UCL Laws Panel will consider a PhD student from another Faculty if their research is within the publishing interests of the Modern Law Review. The criteria for applications are broadly stated on the MLR website.

To be eligible for nomination, students must have completed the first year of their PhD research and passed any necessary upgrades to PhD status at the time of the award (though not necessarily the time of application). Those who have not yet commenced their PhD at the time of nomination are not eligible for consideration.

In general the MLR are looking for strong, original proposals that are likely to be completed within 3-4 years. The scope is coterminous with the scope of MLR, so it is wide.

If any applicant has less than a year remaining in their PhD programme, then MLR will only award a corresponding fraction of the award.

How To Apply
Applications for this scholarship are currently closed and will in the academic year 2022/23. 

Joseph Hume Scholarship

One scholarship worth £1,000 is available for prospective or current MPhil/PhD research students at UCL Laws. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit and research potential, taking into account the availability of other sources of funding.

Your cover letter should include why you are applying for this fund, what makes you a suitable candidate and if you are in receipt of any other funding. Your letter should not be longer than one side of A4. You should hopefully receive the outcome of the Joseph Hume Scholarship by the end of May and only those successful will be notified by email. If you receive no notification by the end of May, then you should assume that you have unfortunately not been successful.

How To Apply
Please email your application to phd-law@ucl.ac.uk with the subject line 'Application - Joseph Hume' by the general application deadline of Thursday 18th November 2021, 5pm. 

Peter Birks Scholarship

All successful applicants who plan to research private law will be automatically considered for the Peter Birks memorial scholarship made available by a generous anonymous donation to the faculty. Three scholarships were previously awarded and we are grateful for an additional donation that has allowed us to offer up to three further scholarships for 2021/22.

Peter Birks (1941-2004) was an outstanding legal scholar, best known for this prolific and influential writings on the law of unjust enrichment but also known for his work on the classification of private law. Peter Birks studied for the LLM at UCL and later returned as a lecturer from 1971-81. He maintained his links with the faculty for many years after through teaching and public lectures. We are proud to honour and celebrate his memory with these scholarships.

The Peter Birks scholarship is worth £10,000 per annum, with an additional £8,000 per annum provided by the Faculty of Laws and a fee waiver for successful candidates. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit for students undertaking research in private law, broadly defined as any comparative, doctrinal, historical or theoretical treatment of any aspect of obligations or property law.

Awards will initially be made for one year but will be renewed for the subsequent two years subject to satisfactory progress.

How To Apply
All applicants to the UCL Laws PhD Programme in the field of Intellectual Property will be considered for the scholarship. There is no separate application form.

To be considered for the scholarship candidates must apply for the PhD programme by Thursday 18th November 2021. Further details about applications are available here

BAME Research Opportunity Scholarship

The UCL Faculty of Laws offers UCL Laws BAME Research Opportunity Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, research potential and research area. Candidates must have an outstanding academic track record and excellent research proposal. 

Financial need is an essential criterion for the scholarship. It is a condition for eligibility for these scholarships that candidates qualify for ‘UK fee status’ as defined here by UCL and are domiciled in the UK. The scholarship is only available to ethnic groups currently underrepresented as academic staff members in Law Schools at Russell Group Universities. The Faculty will make an assessment of which groups are currently underrepresented using the latest HESA and National Census data. 

A UCL Laws Research Opportunity Scholarship covers the cost of tuition fees, plus a maintenance stipend per annum for full time study. The stipend for 2022/23 is £18,000 per annum. Costs are calculated pro rata for part-time students.

Awards are made initially for one year but will be renewed for a second year, subject to satisfactory completion of studies during your first year. They will be renewed for a third year, provided the student has been upgraded to full PhD status and continues to make satisfactory progress in the programme. Scholarships may be held with a teaching or otherwise salaried position in the faculty.

How To Apply
There is not a separate application form for this scholarship, and all applicants successful at interview will be given the option to provide the personal information required in order to be considered for the UCL Laws BAME Research Opportunity Scholarship.

To be considered for the scholarship candidates must apply for the PhD programme by Thursday 18th November 2021. Further details about applications are available here