UCL Graduate degrees


Sources of funding

It is important that you consider at any early stage how you will fund your graduate research study.

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.

Graduate fees and funding 

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.

Sources of funding for research applicants

The information below is intended as a broad overview and includes a small selection of total funding available to graduate applicants. Detailed information can be found on the Scholarships and Funding website and the Student Funding website.

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:

  • Up to 25 UCL Graduate Research Scholarships – covers tuition fees and living expenses

UCL Research Scholarships, examples include:

  • Up to 40 UCL Overseas Research Student Awards – covers full overseas tuition fees
  • UCL Research Scholarships in partnership with overseas funding bodies
UK Government Doctoral Loan (see below) 

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.

UK Government Doctoral Loan

From 2018/19 Doctoral Loans of up to £25,000 will be available to any English student without a full Research Council living allowance who wins a place for doctoral study at a UK university. All applicants should check that they satisfy the eligibility requirements before applying. For more information see the funding for postgraduate study information on the GOV.UK website.

Funding for postgraguate study on GOV.UK

EU Students

The UK has now formally left the EU. Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland who start their programme of study in 2021 or later will no longer have UK (Home) status and are classed as Overseas students.