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Bursaries

There are various bursaries and grants available to fund postgraduate taught study.

Bursaries and grants from charities, foundations and trusts

Many charities, foundations and trusts offer bursaries or grants to fund part or all of postgraduate study within their specialism.

The Grants Register, which is available in libraries, universities and at careers services, is the best place to begin your search. This book is updated every year and features all of the grants available in 49 countries - with information about 4,500 awards. Bursaries and grants for UK, EU and international students are all listed within this publication.

NHS funding

The Department of Health consultation for students starting in September 2017 has significantly changed the way healthcare courses will be funded. In the review it was acknowledged that postgraduate pre-registration courses need to be considered further and a longer-term solution will be finalised from 2018 onwards. Head to our funding for postgraduate healthcare courses page for more details.

Previously, the Social Work Bursaries Office has provided funding for people studying social work. These bursaries were typically only available to UK or EU students due to the eligibility criteria set out by the NHS. Find out more about the bursary for MA Social Work.

Other external bursaries

There are several other external bursaries available to postgraduate students, including the following:

  • Postgrad.com study bursaries - You can apply for one of these bursaries if you are going to begin postgraduate study in 2018/19. Each bursary is worth £500 and students from anywhere in the world can apply via the postgrad.com website.
  • FindAMasters - Gain a postgraduate scholarship in 2018 from FindAMasters.com and win your share of £12,000 on offer. Available for all subject areas at any university currently listed on FindAMasters.com. Find our more.