Find your funding
Search our funding database for thousands of different funding awards.
From arts to zoology, sports to music, there are hundreds of different funding bodies offering postgraduate awards.
Our postgraduate funding finder covers UK, EU and international student funding from universities, charities, trusts, research bodies and commercial organisations.
Scholarships, awards and bursaries
Universities themselves are also a good source of funding, with their own scholarships and award schemes and smaller prize awards towards books and the like.
These have a variety of criteria, from the best history essay winning a book award to an international scholarship for an economics student from Indonesia.
- University studentships and scholarships
- Research posts
- Government funding bodies
- Social work
- Other medical professions
Another competitive area, but hundreds of charities and schemes offer money to needy postgraduates.
These range from large trusts such as the Wellcome Trust to much smaller, nevertheless useful awards – some have a wide eligibility criterion and some have much more specific remits.
Paying your way
Competition for complete funding is fierce, so it is likely that you’ll be looking at funding at least part of the course yourself, if not all of it.
For people undertaking part-time study (over 50% of postgraduates) this is often the case.
If the qualification is work related, don't forget to ask your employer if you're planning on studying and working.
- Professional and Careers development loan
- Professional development loan
Research Council funding
The UK's seven research councils are government-funded agencies supporting research in different disciplines.
These bodies also represent the most important sources of funding for postgraduate students in the UK.
- Tips on getting research council funding for your postgraduate course
- About the UK research councils and their specialist areas
Many postgraduate students will support their studies with a loan.
Until the introduction of government funding more like the service available to undergraduates, possibilities include professional and career development loans, loans from high street banks, private finance or loans offered by course providers.
Win a bursary
You could win up to £2,000 towards your postgraduate course fees in our bursary competition.
Bursaries and scholarships available for postgraduate teaching qualifications
Masters or PhD
Understand the differences in funding for taught and research courses at UK universities.
The government provides financial support in the form of bursaries for training as a teacher, social worker or healthcare specialist.
Glossary of terms
Terminology around funding can be vague, particularly when terms are used interchangeably.
MA, MSc, MRes, PhD, EngD... there are all sorts of postgraduate courses available with funding to match.
Use our funding finder tool to help you find funding for your course.
Searchable by both subject and course provider with £ hundreds of thousands on offer.
If you're planning to take a postgraduate course in finance, business or management then you'll need to be able to manage your own finances.
Courses can be expensive in these areas, but they often offer far greater returns through working life than the initial outlay.
Getting to grips with all the options when it comes to MA funding, paying for your PhD.
Finding funding for your postgraduate course can be a major research exercise in itself. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to narrow down your search.