Postgraduate funding for UK/EU students

We offer a large variety of postgraduate studentships, bursaries and sponsorship for which UK and EU students may be eligible.

Financial support

Financial support

There are several sources of funding to help you through your studies

For details, see the Key Facts for each taught course or research programme, or browse through the Postgraduate Studentships and Bursaries offered by each Academic School or Research Centre.

PhD Studentships

Details of current PhD studentships are advertised on the University’s current job vacancies page.


Sponsorship is available for some master’s and doctoral programmes.

Research Council Funding

Many postgraduate students are funded by one of the UK Research Councils. Successful UK applicants receive fees and maintenance support while EU students receive a fees-only grant. If your programme is eligible for Research Council funding you will need to contact the relevant Council directly.

Competition for these awards is intense and you should apply as early as you can. For some of our postgraduate programmes you may need confirmation that you have been awarded funding before you can register as a postgraduate.

Career Development Loans

A Career Development Loan (CDL) can help fund up to two years’ vocational training or education, plus up to one further year if the course includes practical work experience. A CDL is a delayed repayment loan offered in partnership with the Learning and Skills Council and three high street banks (Barclays, The Co-Op and Royal Bank of Scotland).

Loans are available for between £300 and £10,000 and no repayments are made during the period of study and for up to one month afterwards. The Learning and Skills Council pays the interest during this time after which the student is responsible for repaying the loan and any further interest to the bank. Find out more about Career Development Loans.

Other sources of funding

It is also worth researching alternative sources of funding if none of the above are applicable.

Related items:

Postgraduate Studentships and Bursaries, Programme fees

Key facts