Funding for UK graduate students

UK students who are applying for a taught master's programme at LSE have a range of financial support available to them.

Graduate Support Scheme

LSE's major financial support scheme for study at taught master's level is the Graduate Support Scheme (GSS). This scheme is open to all applicants from all countries in the world, with the exception of those undertaking specific modular or executive programmes such as the MSc Finance (Part time) or the MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management.

Around £2 million is available annually in the form of awards from the Graduate Support Scheme. The Scheme is designed to help students who do not have sufficient funds to meet all their costs of study. GSS awards range in value from £3,000 to a maximum of £12,500, and have an average value of £6,000.

In 2012, 65 GSS awards, worth £450,000 in total, were made to LSE offer-holders for Master's programmes from the UK. This was the largest number of LSE GSS awards made to any single national group. Awards are made on the basis of financial need.

For details on how to apply for the GSS please see the information online at Graduate Sup|port Scheme|.

Named scholarships

Every year the School awards named scholarships which are funded by external donors or organisations. In 2013, the following awards were available for UK students.

Alf Waddington Scholarship

One scholarship worth £8,000 for those applying for a taught master\'s programme in the Department of Sociology.

More information about the Alf W|addington Scholarship|

Christina and Alan MacDonald Graduate Scholarship

One scholarship of £3,000 for those applying for a taught master\'s programme in a department to be confirmed at LSE.

More information about the Christina and Alan MacDonald Graduate Scholarship|

Desmond G Wiltshaw Scholarship

One scholarship worth up to £5,000 is available. There is a preference for it to be awarded to someone educated in Stoke on Trent.

More information about the Desmond G Wiltshaw Scholarship|  

Programme related awards

We offer a number of scholarships to postgraduate applicants intending to follow a particular programme/area of study. In most cases, the relevant academic department is responsible for the selection process, but you would need to apply via the Financial Support Office.

A full list of programme related awards for 2013 entry can be found on|line|

Professional and Career Development Loans

Many UK postgraduates partially finance their studies with a Career Development Loan. 

You need to apply directly to a high street bank.  The LSE's learning provider number is 2044.

More information about Professional and Career Development Loans|