The Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL is an interdisciplinary centre for the integrated study of science's history, philosophy, sociology, communication and policy, located in the heart of London. Founded in 1921. Award winning for teaching and research, plus for our public engagement programme. Rated as outstanding by students at every level.

At UCL, the academic mission is paramount. Our ambition is to achieve the highest standards in our teaching and research.

Join us for BSc, MSc, and PhD study.

Staff books include:

Morris - The Role and Contribution of Volunteers in Biomedical Research
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Astronauts Practicing on Earth 2

Funding Ideas

Please note that the information on this page relates to admissions for 2014-15.

Our MSc Admissions team can advise you on these and other sources of funding. The best advice is to start early. This includes completing your application. It also involves paying close attention to deadlines. Competition can be extremely tough.

1. Funding from Department

STS Aristotle studentships

Value: full UK fees, normally up to three available

Eligibility: Only applicants accepted for entry onto post-graduate taught programmes within the STS department are eligible. This includes those accepted onto the degree, diploma, and certificate programmes.

Details: The Department offers up to three scholarships for our postgraduate taught programmes. These scholarships will pay full UK fees, whether that is for the degree, diploma, or certificate programme. for degree students. Payment is made directly to UCL. All those offered a place are eligible, including those with either UK/EU or overseas status (for overseas students, this studentship will pay for half the total of the overseas tuition fee). The scholarship does not include a stipend or support for accommodation.

The primary criteria for the panel's decision will be: evidence of outstanding academic potential, evidence of likely difference-making for the programme, and potential for contributing to the intellectual and cultural life of the department. 

Application Procedure: Persons accepted into the programme who wish to be considered for an STS Aristotle scholarship should complete the application form and submit it to our MSc Admissions team by 31 March. Only successful recipients will be notified, and these notifications will be made by 15 April. If you do not hear from us by 15 April then sadly your scholarship application was unsuccessful.

Timeline: The deadline for scholarship applications is 31 March.

Contact: MSc Admissions Team <sts-msc-admissions@ucl.ac.uk>

2. Funding from UCL

UK/EU applicants 

Masters funding (link)

Overseas applicants

Masters funding (link)

3. Funding from UK research councils

Currently, these are poor options for MSc students. 

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

Our postgraduate degrees have ESRC recognition for 1+3 (MSc and PhD) and +3 (PhD only) funding. Applications for 1+3 funding will require the candidate to be accepted to study through to PhD level in an area covered by the ESRC. Please contact the admissions team if you would like to discuss this funding.

4. Funding from major charities

4.1 Wellcome Trust

Our MSc programmes fall under the remit of the Trust's Medical History and Humanities programme. We are permitted to propose one candidate for Master's funding per year. 

If you'd like to be considered for this candidature, please discuss this with our MSc Admissions Team as soon as possible. Crucially, you must be able to make a strong case that you meet the Trust's priorities for funding.

Please note:

  • Before we consider anyone for this opportunity, they must be accepted into our programme. 
  • Only degree-seeking students are eligible; diploma and certificate students are not, unfortunately.
  • The application deadline for the Trust is in May. However, our internal deadline for materials to consider is 1 April, as we need to work with the candidate to prepare their final application.
  • Selection to be our proposed candidate for the award is no guarantee the application will be funded by the Trust. Ultimately, we nominate; but, they decide.

The Trust has other schemes, too (link)

5. Funding via other sources

5.1 The Grants Register

The Grants Register. The Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide is an annual reference guide. It is available in most academic libraries and many other insitutions.

5.2 British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)

BSHS bursaries are suitable for those with an interest in history of science, technology or medicine (link)

5.3 Department for Education and Skills

Career Development Loans are available from DfES (link), suitable for those pursuing vocational training.

6. Applicants from outside the United Kingdom

UCL information: Overseas Masters applicants (link)

Contact the British Council office in your own country for details of grants available.

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