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Thinking about postgraduate study? Find out more about funding

Fees & Funding

Postgraduate study offers a great opportunity to build your academic profile and enhance your employability. Perhaps it would help you progress in a particular career or profession. Or maybe you enjoyed your undergraduate degree so much you’d like to pursue your subject area further. There are many reasons why you might choose postgraduate study, but something that many students have on their mind when considering it is funding.

What financial support is available to me?

At King’s, we offer a range of fees and funding opportunities to help you on your academic journey. You can find information about options available on our postgraduate fees and funding pages and Postgraduate Funding Database.

If you’re interested in studying for a master’s degree, there are dedicated pages for postgraduate taught funding on our website. Opportunities are advertised throughout the year, so make sure to check back regularly.

Like for taught courses, there are also options for postgraduate research funding. Check out our funding opportunities database, King’s Centre for Doctoral Studies PGR Scholarships page and our International student research funding page.

All students, especially those looking for research opportunities, can also search for Research Council Scholarships and Postgraduate Studentships where opportunities can be linked to specific industries or career paths.

Securing your funding

When applying for postgraduate study it is important to consider the availability of finance for both fees and living costs. We strongly advise that you identify and ideally secure all the funding required for postgraduate study before starting your programme. You may find it helpful to speak to a specialist Money & Housing Adviser if you are working out your options and the logistics for funding your course.

Is there additional financial support available?

There are a number of limited hardship funds available at King’s that are there to help if you need a little bit of extra financial support to continue a course at King’s. Which fund you are eligible for will depend on your situation and you will need to demonstrate that you had initially put in place enough funding to cover your costs.

For King’s Living Bursary or King's Care Leaver and Estranged Bursary students completing their King’s undergraduate degree this year, we are currently offering a £5,000 bursary to support you to stay on at King’s to pursue a full-time, campus-based taught master’s degree beginning in September 2022. To qualify, you must apply for your master’s degree by Friday 25 March. Visit the bursary webpage for further information and the full terms and conditions.

There are also many trusts and charities both in the UK and overseas that offer financial support to help towards the overall cost of study. Turn2Us and the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate funding are useful search engines to get you started. When applying, remember to demonstrate how you meet the application criteria and include a full breakdown of your costs. It is a good idea to include a list of the other charities you are approaching so that the funder can see what impact their contribution will make to your overall situation.

I’m an international student, are there funding opportunities specifically available to me?

International students are unable to apply for UK government statutory support, unless you have been living in the UK for some time and are no longer subject to immigration control. The UKCISA website gives comprehensive guidance on when people now residing in the UK may become eligible for funding.

There are however a range of international scholarship and funding opportunities that you may be eligible for depending on where you live and what you plan to study. Chevening Scholarships is the UK government's global scholarship programme and there is also the British Council StudyUK and Study Portals for scholarships based on your home country or area of study. You may also wish to register with the Scholarship Hub and Myriad by UCAS to search for postgraduate courses and funding in the UK.

What are my options for working while I’m studying?

Working alongside your studies is a great way to earn money whilst gaining valuable experience.

King's Careers & Employability advertise temporary work opportunities across our faculties and campuses through King's Talent Bank. From internships to part-time roles, there are also a huge range of opportunities available to you through King's CareerConnect.

Find out more about working while studying on the King’s website.

Is there somewhere to go for money advice?

Our specialist advisers in the Money & Housing Advice Service provide professional and confidential advice on funding, debt, welfare benefits, money management and scams.

You can also connect with the Money Mentors, current students at King's trained to provide peer support in money issues and life in London on a student budget.

For further information on financial support, including paying fees, applying for grants and financial hardship advice, visit Student Services Online.