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Fees & Funding

Guidance on seeking funding

Student receiving adviceThere is no statutory entitlement to support for tuition fees and maintenance costs in the form of student loans and grants for postgraduate study. Some postgraduate courses, such as PGCE ITT, attract certain elements of statutory funding but for most courses this is not available.

Home/EU students

For Home/EU students the main source of funding is through Research Councils. However, competition for these grants is fierce so you need to start researching your options early. If you unsuccessful, it is essential that you find other ways to cover your living costs and or tuition fees. For most students, this is a combination of:

  • bank loans
  • personal savings
  • family support
  • part-time work.

International students

International students should check to see what your government offers in the way of scholarships, as well as contacting the British Council in your country or viewing the British Council ‘Funding your studies’ web pages. These provide details of a wide range of funding opportunities for international students and country specific funding.

It is important that you ensure you have confirmed your sources of funding, before you actually start your course.

Hints and tips when applying for funding


  • Start researching options early - most new schemes are launched in the autumn months for funding commencing the following academic session.
  • Check deadlines - both of the funding body and of the institution, if applicable.
  • Do your research - on programme, institution, location and academics.
  • Take advice - have you made the right choices?
  • Think about and contact referees - before and during the process.
  • Think about your research proposal/personal statement - does it answer all the questions, and does it tell the funders everything they need to know.
  • Make sure everything is complete and all relevant people are briefed.
  • Presentation - check for typos and check the formatting of the application.
  • Remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that the application is complete and meets the requirements set out by the funding body, this includes the submission of references and academic transcripts.


The Student Funding Office offers confidential advice to both prospective and current students covering issues such as:

  • bursaries
  • grants
  • tuition fees
  • living expenses
  • student loans
  • other financial advice.

The Graduate School Support team offers advice via email, telephone and through one-to-one appointments to prospective and current postgraduate students on seeking studentship and scholarship funding.  

For the 2012-3 round of schemes run by the Graduate School a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document has been produced to help applicants with queries.

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