UCL Department of Security and Crime Science


Scholarships and bursaries

2023-24 funding

Please note that our scholarships are only available to applicants wishing to undertake a Master's degree in the Department of Security and Crime Science. We cannot award funding to students wishing to study in other UCL departments or at other universities.  

For MSc applicants, there are a number of scholarships/bursaries available, both through the Department of Security and Crime Science and elsewhere. Please read all of the information below very carefully before filling in any application forms.

Please make sure that you have applied online to one of our MSc programmes in addition to submitting your application for a scholarship/bursary. If you have not applied to one of our MSc programmes, your application will simply not be considered. For obvious reasons, we cannot consider awarding a scholarship/bursary to an applicant if we have not decided to make them an offer of a place to study. 

IMPORTANT: if you defer your place, or if you are a modular-flexible student and decide not to take any modules in your first year of enrolment, then we cannot defer your bursary to the following academic year and you will need to apply again.

Postgraduate loans

If you are hoping to apply for a postgraduate loan through the Student Loans Company, please ensure that you check the eligibility of the course that you are applying for. You can find the information through the government’s website here. The modular/flexible route is not eligible for the postgraduate loan and the department has no plans to add a part-time option to our courses. 

SCS Bursaries (open to all MSc applicants)

For 2023-2024 entry the Department of Security & Crime Science (SCS) will offer up to four bursaries of between £2,500 and £10,000 to outstanding applicants who have been offered places on one of our MSc programmes (these bursaries are not open to applicants for PG diplomas or certificates).

If you would like to be considered for an SCS bursary, please fill in an application form and return it via email. If you have any questions about your application, then please also email us.

The deadline for consideration for these bursaries will be shared once applications to our MSc programmes officially open. 

You must also ensure that your online application for the programme you wish to study is completed by the deadline. This includes making sure that your referees have submitted their references by this date, as UCL Admissions do not consider an application to be complete until this has happened. The Department of Security & Crime Science will not be able to make any exceptions.

All applications will be considered after the deadline and we aim to inform applicants of our decision within six weeks. You will hear from us directly via email - this communication is entirely separate from any communications you receive from UCL Admissions and your offer letter for a place on the programme will not state whether or not you have been awarded a bursary or scholarship.

Please be aware that competition for these bursaries and scholarships is fierce and we recommend that all applicants investigate other sources of funding. The UCL website has a section on funding and scholarships, however we as a department are unable to help unsuccessful applicants to find alternative funding.

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