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 31st July 2020. 

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.

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

The deadline for 2020 applications has passed. The deadline for 2021 will be posted once confirmed.

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.


DeepMind Science, Technology and Society Scholatships

The Windsor Fellowship is working with University College London to offer scholarships funded by DeepMind to students who will be starting at UCL in September 2020 on the Science, Technology and Society MSc and who have an interest in ethics and AI.

These Scholarships are positive action initiatives to help UCL ensure that it can attract and support students from all sections of the community, particularly those groups that are under-represented in post-graduate studies.

Each scholarship is worth £31,140. The value of the scholarship includes the cost of tuition fees (£12,120), a maintenance grant of £15,520, a one-off academic travel grant of £2,000, and a one-off equipment grant of £1,500.
The DeepMind scholarships are available for programme offer holders who are from at least one of the following two groups:

  1. Students of an African or Caribbean heritage
  2. Students from homes with an annual income of less than £25,000

The Scholarships are open to Home (UK) and EU students. 

Next Steps and How to Apply
Windsor Fellowship will assess and shortlist applications based on financial need and socio-economic background.
Staff in the UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies will make the final selection from this shortlist. This will be based on candidates’ interest in, and knowledge of, ethics and AI as determined by answers to the question on the application form.
Application Process

  • Ensure you have applied to UCL for the MSc Science, Technology and Society
  • Completed Financial Document 
  • Complete online application form and upload Financial Document to the application form by 9am on 1st September 2020
  • All applicants will be contacted after the closing date 
  • Interview with the Windsor Fellowship in September
  • Applicants to be notified of award by the end of September 

Important notices
If you meet the other criteria for award of this scholarship, in order for you to be awarded the scholarship, we will also require to check that your name, and your parents’ names do not appear on the following sanctions lists:
https://sanctionssearch.ofac.treas.gov/ and https://sanctionssearch.ofsi.hmtreasury.gov.uk/

Agreement for this funding is subject to final review, and there is therefore a small chance that it will not be possible to make any awards for Academic Year 2020/21. 

If you have any questions about the process and programme please email Roda: AdenR@windsor-fellowship.org.

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.