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Student funding

When applying for postgraduate study it is important to consider availability of finance for both tuition fees and living costs.

The majority of postgraduate students pay their tuition fees through private sources such as:

  • industrial sponsorship

  • borrowed money

  • scholarships from agencies and charities.

King’s also administers and provides an extensive range of funding opportunities throughout the year. Watch the Graduate School's webinar on funding opportunities for a brief overview of funding available for 2016 entry:


Search for Funding

Information about the wide range of postgraduate funding opportunities at King's College London can be found via our searchable online postgraduate funding database. This database contains both postgraduate taught and postgraduate research funding opportunities, a selection of which can be found below:

Prospective students who have applied to the college for a place can also benefit from the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, which offers guidance and tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.  

Postgraduate funding through King's

The King’s Graduate School administers/offers a range of postgraduate studentships and bursaries for both masters and doctoral/PhD programmes. They regularly update the funding database with information about funding opportunities, which includes internal and external schemes. Possible funding opportunities can include:

  • fully-funded scholarships
  • one-off awards/grants
  • projects or programmes funded by a Research Council or other major funding body
  • scholarships aimed at students from specific countries

For details about the Graduate School's funding schemes, please refer to the Graduate School Funding webpage.

Dickson Poon School of Law: The Dickson Poon School of Law offers up to five Law PhD scholarships worth £90,000 each. These generous scholarships are offered as part of the launch of the Dickson Poon School of Law Postgraduate Research Student Scholarships for entry during 2016-17. For full details please visit the law scholarships webpages.

Choral and organ scholarships: King's offers about nine choral scholarships and one organ scholarship each year to students from all departments, each worth £350. Auditions are held between January and March. Please contact Dr Joe Fort, the King's organist, for more details.

For details of all funding opportunities available across King's please search our funding web pages.

Other sources of financial support (UK/EU fee status students only)

Some of the possible sources of funding for home fee students are:

  • private sources
  • part-time work
  • the support of their employer
  • scholarships and bursaries offered by private agencies and charities
  • professional and career development loans are available to some students. Please note that strict residency requirements apply.

Student loans are not available for postgraduate students, but preferential rates may be obtained through some professional organisations, e.g. the Law Society.

Research Council sources of financial support (UK/EU students only)

Research Councils: 

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 

Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 

Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) 

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 

Medical Research Council (MRC) 

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) 

Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) 



The majority of the awards are available for doctoral/PhD research programmes with a few Research Councils offering support at masters level.  Applications are usually made through the College, either via the relevant department or centrally through an open competition. Programmes with funding are listed on our funding website database and on our online prospectus.

Other sources of funding (overseas fee status students only)

Sources of finance for overseas students may include:

  • funding by your government

  • sponsorship by your employer

  • private sources – a student’s own savings or funds borrowed from family

  • scholarships and bursaries offered by private agencies and charities. Contact your nearest British Council Office or education department.

  • scholarships and funding provided by the British Government.

If you require a student visa to study in the UK you must have sufficient funds to cover both fees and maintenance (for both yourself and any dependants in the UK). This is a condition of your student visa (more information can be found by contacting the College’s Student Advice and International Student Support Service).

Other sources of funding for current postgraduate students

Some postgraduate students may be eligible for extra financial help from either the International hardship fund or the King's hardship fund, if they experience unexpected financial hardship during their postgraduate studies. Please contact the Student Funding Office for further information.

Postgraduate loans for Masters students

As you may be aware, the government has confirmed in the recent announcement following the 2015 spending review, that it plans to introduce a new system of postgraduate loans for masters students in the UK for the 2016-17 academic year. They will provide up to £10,000 a year for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. We will provide additional information on the scheme will operate as it becomes available, but in the meantime some additional information can be found on the Higher Education Funding Council for England website at,107221,en.html.

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