Science and Technology Studies


Funding Your Masters Degree

Funding from STS

STS Aristotle studentships

Value: full UK fees, normally up to three available

EligibilityOnly 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 July. If you do not hear from us by the end of July then sadly your scholarship application was unsuccessful. 

Timeline: Deadline for applications is 1st July 2019. 

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

Funding from UCL:

Brown Family Bursary:

The Brown Family Bursary aims to enable and encourage academically excellent students in financial need to pursue a Master's degree in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Applicants must be ordinarily resident in the UK, obtain a first-class Bachelor's degree prior to commencing a Master's at UCL, must be in financial need (as determined by the UCL Student Funding Office) and must hold an offer to study a full-time Master's in one of the faculties listed above, which includes STS.

For more information, including how to apply, visit the Brown Family Bursary page.

Information on other scholarships available via UCL can be found via the UCL Scholarship Search Engine:

Funding from UK research councils

The relevant research councils for STS are:

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

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.

Deadline for preliminary ESRC applications is Tuesday 8th January 2019. 

You can also read a case-study of a recent 1+3 applicant at the bottom of this page.

Funding from major charities

Wellcome Trust

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.

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.
  • 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.

British Society for the History of Science (BSHS)

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

Department for Education

Career Development Loans are available via the DfE 

UK Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme

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

UCL information for Overseas Masters applicants. 

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