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UCL Graduate Master's Awards

Important Information for All Applicants

The application deadline for the Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) has been extended to 30 April 2015

Please note: the deadline for all the other scholarships listed below has now passed and applications are no longer being accepted for 2015-16. Details of results notification can be found below.

The Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS) is one of several scholarships administered through the UCL Graduate Master's Awards (GMA). The GMA are a collection of scholarships and bursaries provided by UCL, and also in partnership with UCL alumni, donors and external organisations. Listed below are those awards which are on offer to Taught Master's students for 2015/16 entry.

Application Procedure and Deadline

To be considered for the Postgraduate Support Scheme the deadline for submitting complete applications is:

  • Thursday, 30 April 2015 at 23:59 (UTC)

The application deadline for all the other scholarships in the Graduate Master's Awards scheme has now passed. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria for the Postgraduate Support Scheme please do not send us an application form.

If you have already applied for the Graduate Master's Awards you do not need to apply again if you provided the documents we require for the Postgraduate Support Scheme. If in doubt please check the guidance and check the email you sent us. We cannot confirm that your application is complete.

Complete applications and supporting documentations should be submitted by email to: studentfunding@ucl.ac.uk

If you are unable to email, please post to:

UCL Student Funding, Room G19, South Wing, Student and Registry Services, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Application forms

Download Application Form (Word doc) and Guidance Notes (pdf)

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Potential candidates must ensure that they submit a full scholarship application by the deadline irrespective of whether an offer of admission has reached them or not. After the deadline the UCL Student Funding Office will check UCL systems to confirm whether the scholarship applicant has applied for admission to one of the eligible UCL programmes. Scholarships applicants without an application for admission for an eligible programme at the time of the scholarship deadline will be excluded from the competition at this point.

Click on each funding scheme below for further details:

Postgraduate Support Scheme

The Postgraduate Support Scheme (PSS), at UCL, offers 363 awards of £10,000 each to prospective postgraduate taught students.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage students from under-represented groups to embark on a postgraduate qualification and is funded jointly by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and UCL.

This is a one-off opportunity for those applying to study a postgraduate taught programme starting in September 2015 only. To be eligible to apply for an award candidates must meet all the eligibility criteria. The PSS is a discretionary fund that is expected to generate high demand, so there is no guarantee of funding upon application.

Eligibility criteria

To be considered for an award, candidates must:

  • have applied by the date of the scholarship application deadline to study a postgraduate taught (Master's) degree at UCL beginning in 2015/16. All subjects are eligible. Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas, and research programmes are not eligible;
  • be progressing from a UK undergraduate degree programme for which they were charged the higher tuition fee rate introduced in 2012/13 (i.e. those who started their undergraduate programmes from September 2012) and received no government tuition fee grant (see Guidance Notes for full details);
  • be studying full-time, or if part-time, up to a maximum of two years;
  • be domiciled in the UK or European Union (EU);
  • be from a group that is under-represented among the UCL’s taught postgraduate (Master’s) population.**

**At UCL priority will be given to students from the following groups:

  • those with household incomes of less than £25,000 (assessment for UK residents will be based on latest Student Loans Company entitlement and assessment for EU residents will be based on other formal evidence of parental household income);
  • those with a disability;
  • care leavers;
  • students with childcare or (registered) carer responsibilities.

Value and duration

These awards will be offered in the form of tuition fee bursaries, with any balance paid as maintenance funding.

UCL Alumni Scholarship

(previously UCL Futures Scholarship)

Important Information for All Applicants

The UCL Alumni Scholarship aims to enable and encourage those who have gained a UCL undergraduate degree to pursue full-time Master's degree studies at UCL.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates can be from any country, but must:

  • have successfully completed or be currently completing undergraduate degree studies at UCL
  • have applied by the date of the scholarship application deadline to study a full-time Master's degree at UCL in 2015/16.

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • The value of the scholarship is £10,000.
  • The scholarship is tenable for one year only.
  • The UCL Alumni Scholarship may be held alongside other scholarships, studentships, awards, or bursaries. The amount of the UCL award may be adjusted depending on the total value of other funds received by the student.
  • Scholarship recipients are obliged to inform the UCL Student Funding Office immediately of any other funding they are awarded towards their UCL Master’s degree studies, before or subsequent to the UCL Alumni Scholarship award.
  • The scholarship will first be applied to the recipient’s tuition fees, with any remainder payable to the recipient in three equal instalments throughout the academic year towards maintenance.

Selection

The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence; however, financial need will also be taken into consideration. The scholarship will be awarded by the Council upon the recommendation of an academic selection panel.

Andrew Szmidla Postgraduate Scholarship

The aim of the Andrew Szmidla Postgraduate Scholarship is to enable and encourage academically able students from Poland to pursue their postgraduate studies at UCL. Up to three scholarships are available for the 2015/16 academic session.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Scholarship must:

  • be ordinarily resident in Poland
  • have applied by the date of the scholarship application deadline to study a full-time Master's degree at UCL in 2015/16.

Selection Criteria

The criteria for awarding the scholarship is academic excellence and financial need.

Value: Benefits and Duration

The successful recipient will be awarded £10,000 for one academic year only which may be applied directly to tuition fees or paid in three equal instalments throughout the academic year towards maintenance.

Selection and Notification of Results

The scholarship will be awarded by recommendation of a panel composed of members of UCL staff. 

Ardalan Family Scholarship

Ardalan Family Scholarship

Important information for all applicants


The aim of the Ardalan Family Scholarship is to enable and encourage academically able students from Iran to pursue their postgraduate studies at UCL. One award is available per year.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • have successfully completed undergraduate-level studies in Iran and be resident in Iran
  • have applied to pursue a full-time taught Master's study at UCL by the date of the scholarship application deadline.

Please note that preference will be given to students intending to study within the Department of Economics.

Selection Criteria

The scholarship will be awarded on both academic merit and financial need upon the recommendation of an academic selection panel and the Student Funding Office.

Value: Benefits and Duration

The value of the scholarship is £25,000 for one year. Payment will be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder to be paid to the recipient in termly instalments for maintenance.

Brown Family Bursary

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be:

  • prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
  • currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
  • in financial need.

Selection criteria

The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
  • The bursary is tenable for one year only.
  • The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

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The Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme is a joint initiative between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (with funding from the Department for International Development (DFID), and UK universities, to support scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries who would not otherwise be able to study in the United Kingdom. The aim of the scheme is to assist students from developing Commonwealth countries who are of excellent academic calibre but for financial reasons would not otherwise be able to afford to study in the United Kingdom. The scheme allows them to benefit from postgraduate study at a university in the United Kingdom which will help them to contribute toward the development of their home countries.

Awards are for taught Master's programmes only, subjects must be related to the economic, social and technological development of a candidate's country.

UCL expects to be able to allocate five awards this academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • be Commonwealth citizens, refugees, or British protected persons
  • be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country (for a full list, please see the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website here)
  • be available to commence their academic studies in the UK by the start of the UK academic year in September/October 2015
  • hold, by October 2015, a first degree of at least upper second-class Honours standard
  • not have undertaken studies lasting one year or more in a developed country
  • be unable themselves, or through their families, to pay to study in the UK
  • be willing to confirm that they will return to their home country as soon as their period of study is complete
  • apply for admission to UCL for one of the eligible programmes below.
Institute for Global Health
Global Health and Development MSc
Institute of Archaeology
Museum Studies MA
Managing Archaeological Sites MA
Development Planning Unit
Development Administration and Planning MSc
Environment and Sustainable Development MSc
Urban Development Planning MSc
Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc
Genetics Institute
Genetics of Human Disease MSc
School of Slavonic and East European Studies
Comparative Business Economics MA
School of Medicine and Life Sciences
Clinical & Public Health Nutrition MSc

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • The award will cover tuition fees, a maintenance allowance, economy air travel to and from the UK at the beginning and end of the scholar’s degree programme plus additional discretionary allowances. 
  • Awards are normally tenable for one year.

Application Procedure and Deadlines

  • You must separately apply for admission to UCL for one of the eligible programmes through the standard admissions procedure.
  • All applications received before the deadline will be considered. If an application is received after this deadline it will not be deemed eligible and cannot be considered.
  • You must also complete the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Electronic Application System (EAS) online: by their deadline of Thursday, 16 April 2015

Selection Criteria and Procedure

The CSSS is a shared scholarship between the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) and UCL, and selected candidates have to be accepted and approved by both parties, hence the requirement to also complete the CSSS online application form. 

The successful and reserve candidates will be selected using academic and financial criteria upon the recommendation of an academic panel and the Student Funding Office.

Notification of Results

Successful and reserve candidates selected by UCL can expect to be informed by email at the beginning of June. Final notification by the CSC should be expected around the beginning of July.

Further information can be found on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission website here.

Greenbank Scholarship

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be:

  • current or prospective full-time UCL Master's students
  • In financial need as assessed by UCL

Selection criteria

The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office and the Deputy Dean of Students (Welfare).

Value, Benefits and Durations

  • The value of the bursary is £10,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments
  • The bursary is tenable for one year only
  • The bursary may be held alongside other awards

Professor Malcolm Grant Scholarship (PG)

The Professor Malcolm Grant Scholarship was established to celebrate the exceptional contribution of the outgoing President & Provost to the UCL community over 10 years.

The aim of the Professor Malcolm Grant Scholarship (PG) is to enable and encourage UCL Alumni who can show leadership potential as well as demonstrate financial need to pursue their Master's studies at UCL. One award is available commencing in the 2015/16 academic session.

Eligibility Requirements

  • have successfully completed or be currently completing undergraduate degree studies at UCL
  • have applied by the date of the scholarship application deadline to study a full-time Master's degree at UCL in 2015/16.

Selection Criteria

The criteria for awarding the scholarship are financial need and leadership potential.

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • The successful recipient will be awarded £25,000 for the duration of their programme at UCL subject to satisfactory academic progress, payable in equal instalments as determined by the length of the programme of study.
  • The scholarship will first be applied to the recipient’s tuition fees, with any remainder payable to the recipient in three equal instalments throughout the academic year towards maintenance.

Santander Master's Scholarship

Santander masters new logo Nov. 2009
Important Information for all Applicants

The Santander Master's Scholarships (funded by Santander), aim to assist the most academically able students from leading universities to pursue a Master's programme at UCL.

Up to 12 scholarships will be awarded each year to students from the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
  • Puerto Rico
  • Uruguay

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must: 

  • be ordinarily resident in one of the Santander network countries listed above AND
  • be expected to obtain, or already possess, a Bachelor's degree awarded at a level equivalent to first-class Honours in a UK Bachelor's degree AND;
  • have applied by the date of the scholarship application deadline to study a full-time Master's degree at UCL in 2015/16.

Selection Criteria

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence. Financial circumstances are not taken into account. The final selection is made by a panel of UCL senior academics, who may be joined by a representative from Santander.

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • This Scholarship is awarded for one year only, and consists of a one-off award of £5,000.
  • A scholarship cannot be deferred to a later year.
  • Unless otherwise requested by the scholar, the scholarship is usually set against tuition fees. If payment is made directly to the scholarship-holder, the award is paid in three equal instalments at the start of each term.

Thomas Witherden Batt Scholarship

The aim of the Thomas Witherden Batt Scholarship is to enable and encourage those who might have financial constraints in pursuing a full-time Master's degree to study at UCL. Four awards are available commencing in the 2015/16 academic session.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Scholarship must:

  • be ordinarily resident in the UK
  • have applied by the date of the scholarship application deadline to study a full-time Master of Science degree at UCL in 2015/16.

Selection Criteria

The criteria for awarding the scholarship is financial need.

Value, Benefits and Duration

  • The successful recipient will be awarded £10,000.
  • The award is tenable for one year of full-time study.
  • The scholarship will first be applied to the recipient’s tuition fees, with any remainder payable to the recipient in three equal instalments throughout the academic year towards maintenance.

Notification of Results

The scholarships will be awarded by recommendation of a panel composed of members of UCL staff. The successful candidates will be notified as soon as possible once a decision has been made, ideally by mid-June 2015. If a scheme does not fit this timescale, further information will be included above.

We are unable to inform unsuccessful applicants. If you do not hear from the UCL Student Funding Office by the end of June, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Contact Details

If you have any queries please get in touch. UCL Student Funding contact details can be found here.

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