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UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength (REF 2014) and among the most successful universities in Europe at attracting funding, securing £476.3 million of research income (source: UCL annual report and financial statement 2017/18).

This helps us to foster one of the world’s most productive research bases and enables UCL to be highly competitive in attracting doctoral students:

  • We are proud to be the best performing university in the first year of the EU funding scheme Horizon 2020, securing €73.2 million over 55 projects (source: Research Professional).
  • UCL is widely regarded as an international academic powerhouse, consistently appearing in the top 20 in a range of worldwide rankings, and 8th in the QS World University Rankings 2020.
  • UCL has wide-ranging expertise across all fields of study, providing opportunities for groundbreaking cross-disciplinary investigation and a dynamic environment.

Other examples of doctoral funding include:

  • Studentships sponsored by UK Research Councils, industry or charities;
  • Funding formed from a supervisor’s or department’s research budget. These can sometimes be match-funded through UCL’s Impact Awards;
  • Sponsorship from an overseas government;
  • UCL Research scholarships.

Interested in finding out more?

For more information, including tips on how to find a supervisor and guidance on applying for a PhD at UCL, please explore our graduate research degree webpages:

University College London (UCL) will be attending the PostgraduateStudentships PhD Funding Fair in December – apply to attend the Fair and find out more here.

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