UCL Graduate degrees


Sources of funding

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 UCL Students website.

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 

An overview of funding opportunities and finance advice available for graduate students. 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.  

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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.

Taught applicants

Below are some of the most common sources of funding for graduate students.

UK Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that postgraduate loans will be available for students starting a full- or part-time Master’s programme after 1 August 2016. You’ll be able to borrow up to £10,280 to pay your fees and help with living costs.

You’ll be eligible if you:

  • are under 60
  • ordinarily live in England
  • don’t already have a Master’s degree or higher qualification

Please note that you must be undertaking a full standalone Master's of 180 credits to be eligible for the loan. You will not be eligible for the loan if you are studying on a modular/flexible mode of attendance, or are using credits from previous study towards your Master's via accreditation of prior learning (APL). More information can be found on the UK Government website.

Visit the UK Government website

UCL Scholarships

See the scholarships section of our website.


Other sources of funding inclyde personal or family finances, sponsorship from UK or home country government (including UK Research Councils for UK/EU students, or the British Council for Overseas students), and sponsorship from charitable foundations, including trusts.