Paying for your degree

There are all kinds of ways to fund your postgraduate studies at UCL. Read about our fee structure and discover opportunities to get the financial support and security you need to get started.

Graduate fees and funding

There are a large number of funding schemes which support graduate students, including scholarships, studentships, awards, bursaries, grants and loans.

Furthermore, some students are fortunate to be sponsored by their employer, while others may combine part-time study with part-time work.

Course fees

The figures stated are the full-time tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year and do not include fees set by other providers.

Part-time or modular fees are normally charged pro-rata.

UCL tuition fees (2021/22 entry)
UK studentsOverseas students
Master's programmes£9,250 – £34,100£18,800 – £51,370
MRes programmes£5,525 – £20,600£22,230 – £31,310

Students requiring funding are advised to investigate potential sources of funding at least 12 months before the relevant academic year so as not to miss scholarship application deadlines.

Teacher training

We understand that deciding to undertake a teacher training programme is a big investment.

The UK government provide various funding sources to support you through your teacher training programme. It’s not guaranteed, but there are different options you may be entitled to depending on the route you’ve chosen, the subject you want to teach and your personal circumstances.

Funding for research students

The information below is intended as a broad overview and includes a small selection of total funding available to graduate research applicants. 

Funding opportunities
UK studentsOverseas students
Studentships from UK Research Councils – usually covers tuition fees and stipendSponsorship from home government
Studentships sponsored by industry/charitable foundationsStudentships sponsored by industry/charitable foundations
Studentships formed from supervisor’s or host department’s research budget, sometimes match-funded through UCL’s Impact AwardsStudentships formed from supervisor’s or host department’s research budget
UCL Research Scholarships, examples include:UCL Research Scholarships, examples include:
Up to 25 UCL Graduate Research Scholarships – covers tuition fees and living expensesUp to 40 UCL Overseas Research Student Awards – covers full overseas tuition fees
UK Government Loan Scheme UCL Research Scholarships in partnership with overseas funding bodies

Government loan scheme

The UK government currently offers postgraduate loans for Master's programmes, up to:

  • £11,222 if your programme starts on or after 1 August 2020
  • £10,906 if your programme started between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020
  • £10,609 if your programme started between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019

Scholarships

Competition for all scholarship funding is intense, and where awarded on the basis of academic excellence, applicants are normally required to have, or to expect to achieve:

  • A first-class UK Bachelor’s degree or,
  • an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Living costs

The cost of living while studying a graduate programme at UCL is estimated at around £20,000.

This figure is intended as a guide and includes accommodation, food, travel and other day-to-day costs, all of which vary.

Further information