Guidance on seeking funding
There 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.
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 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
The Student Funding Office offers confidential advice to both prospective and current students covering issues such as:
- 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.