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Funding your postgraduate studies

Find out about funding options for postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students. The University offers scholarships, bursaries and studentships to the most talented students, while our partnerships with industry and funding organisations provide sponsorship opportunities in some subject areas.

Below you'll find information about some key funding sources that you may be able to access, from the University and from external funding bodies. For some, you will need to apply directly to the funding body.

Funding for postgraduate taught (masters) programmes

Many of our academic departments offer scholarships and funding for UK, EU and international students who wish to study a masters programme. Check our list of funding by subject area to see the opportunities that are offered.

If you are an EU or international student, there may also be funding opportunities offered by organisations in your home country or through our international partners.

Funding by subject

Explore funding options offered to both UK/EU and international students.

Postgraduate loans (PGL)

Postgraduate loans are now available through the government for students from the UK and EU studying both taught and research masters programmes, worth up to £10,000 per student.

Student Finance England have more information on their website and have also produced a video and provided the three PDF guides below:


The loans will cover masters degrees in all disciplines, except for:

Postgraduate loans are available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their course.

You must have been most recently resident in England, and must not have moved there from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the course.

You may also be eligible if you are an EU national or if you have the residency status of refugee, humanitarian protection, EEA or Swiss migrant worker. More information on eligibility can be found on the Student Finance England Postgraduate Loan policy summary.

The loans will be available for full-time, part-time and distance learning Masters programme. Students under the age of 60 are eligible.

Applications for the Postgraduate loan for masters study will be open in June / July 2016

Career Development Loans

If you have been living in the UK for at least three years before your course starts, and plan to work in the UK, European Union or European Economic Area (EEA) after the course finishes, you may be eligible for a Career Development Loan.

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider and our registration number is 8145.

Loans are available for between £300 and £10,000 and no repayments are required while you are studying — the government will pay the interest during this time. The loans can be used to help fund up to two years’ vocational training or education, plus up to one further year if the course includes practical work experience. They are offered via several UK high street banks. Find out more about the loans and how to apply.

Funding for postgraduate research (PhD) Programmes

Many of our academic departments offer bursaries and studentships for UK, EU and international students who wish to undertake a postgraduate research degree with us. Check our list of funding by subject area to see the opportunities that are offered.

Depending on your subject area, you may be able to access funding through one of the University's doctoral training centres. Visit our research pages to find out more about our doctoral training centres.

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

If you are an EU or international student, we offer a range of scholarship and funding schemes with our external partners. There may also be funding opportunities offered by organisations in your home country.

Postgraduate Research Scholarship fund (Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships)

The Postgraduate Research Scholarship fund supports up to 100 new PhD scholars each year across the University.  These scholarships are open to UK, EU and international applicants. Some awards will be Faculty-specific while others will be for interdisciplinary research projects and to support key University strategic activities. 

What does the Postgraduate Research Scholarship scheme offer?

Postgraduate research students will be awarded £7,000 per year for three years, provided that they progress well with each year of their studies. These awards can be combined with additional funding from other sources.  The scheme is also available to part-time students with total funding of £21,000 allocated over the equivalent of three full-time years of study.

How to apply: 

Our PGR Scholarship scheme supports talented research students across all subject areas
Research in our high voltage labs


You may be able to obtain sponsorship for some masters and PhD programmes. Sponsorship opportunities include:

Visit the website for your subject area or contact the relevant postgraduate admissions team to find out about potential sponsorship opportunities for your studies. 

Research council funding

UK and EU postgraduate students may be able to apply for funding from 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. See below for their website addresses.

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 with us as a postgraduate.

British Federation of Women Graduates

Charities administered by the British Federation of Women Graduates have limited funds to make awards to women graduates undertaking doctoral research in England, Wales or Scotland. 

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