Funding Your MSc
Please note that the information on this page relates to admissions for 2017-18.
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.
- Funding from STS
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 to apply. 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.
Only successful recipients will be notified, and these notifications will be made by the end of April. If you do not hear from us by the end of April then sadly your scholarship application was unsuccessful.
Timeline: Deadline for applications is 1st July 2017.
Contact: MSc Admissions Team <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Funding from UCL
- Funding from UK research councils
The relevant research councils for STS are:
However, neither currently fund stand-alone MSc degrees. One important exception is the 1+3 funding scheme from the ESRC, which funds integrated MSc and PhD study in the department. 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. You can also read a case-study of a recent 1+3 applicant.
- Funding from major charities
Our MSc programmes fall under the remit of the Trust's Medical History and Humanities programme. UCL is permitted to propose one candidate for Master's funding per year to the Trust. We work in cooperation with other UCL programmes to operate a selection committee. Information on the process is available from our admissions tutor.
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.
- 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.
- Our internal deadline normally is 1 March.
- Selection to be our proposed candidate for the award is no guarantee the application will be funded by the Trust. Ultimately, we nominate; they decide.
The Trust also has other schemes available to students.
- Funding via other sources
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.
BSHS bursaries are suitable for those with an interest in history of science, technology or medicine.
Career Development Loans are available via the DfE
These loans are available for UK/EU students who plan to study on a full-time/part-time Master's programme commencing after 1st August 2016.
- Applicants from Outside the United Kingdom
- ESRC 1+3 funding case-study: Harry Quinn Schone
I’m Harry Quinn Schone and I’m in the third year of my PhD in UCL STS. My thesis engages in a practical approach to philosophy of medicine. I’m currently working on philosophical classifications of illness in relation to the treatment of contested chronic diseases, using fibromyalgia as a case study.
I’ve been interested in the role of disease in society since the final year of my undergraduate degree, which was also in UCL STS. My undergraduate dissertation was about the social construction of ADHD and my Master’s thesis was focused on the less well-known condition Morgellons (which can be found here).
I was lucky enough to be awarded the 1+3 ERSC scholarship, which has enabled me to continue both studying and living in a city I love. In terms of funding available for social science students, it is just about the most generous scheme I am aware of, covering all university fees for Master’s and PhD, providing a sizable stipend as well as plenty of expenses reserved for conferences and extra research costs. Also, having the certainty of four years funding enables you to fully concentrate on your Master’s without having to exhaust time and effort scrabbling round for PhD scholarships. This freedom from pressure also meant I could pursue academic interests in my own way without interference, and I have not felt beholden to produce anything in a particular way.
The application process was a somewhat daunting affair. It is not easy to produce a convincing PhD proposal as an undergraduate, when you have little sense of where you would like to be in a few years’ time. While I worked with academic staff to lend shape and substance to my embryonic ideas, the proposal I submitted differs significantly from the PhD I am now working on. Perhaps the original proposal might be better regarded as a statement of intent than a blueprint. And this, I think, is the point. To apply for funding of this type is not something you can only do if you have it all figured out. Quite the opposite, it gives you the opportunity to figure it all out. It certainly gave me the time and resources to do so, and I think it remains one of the few worthwhile funding opportunities available to undergraduates in ours and similar fields. Overall, if you find yourself filled with a sense of sadness that your academic life may be coming to an end and a compulsion to seek new intellectual vistas, then I would strongly suggest considering the 1+3 as a potential source of financial sustenance for future endeavours.