Nobody ever said that studying at Masters level is easy but it is not always the academic challenges of postgraduate study that puts people off. Often the problem of how to fund your Master’s is a major deterrent for many students.
The government has now introduced Masters level student loans for up to £10,000, but on top of your Undergraduate loan, which for some students could be up to £50,000 already, an additional £10,000 loan could also be quite a daunting prospect.
List of scholarships for postgraduate studies
Whilst there are not as many scholarships available for study at postgraduate level as there are for undergraduates, there are still some good ones to be had. First and foremost you should check out what your university offers to its alumni. Typically, most universities offer some kind of tuition fee discount to their graduates up to 50%, with a few even offering full tuition fee discounts.
We have pulled together a list which serve as examples of how you could significantly reduce the amount of additional money you might need to find. You can search for current scholarships on our database of postgraduate funding. There are also literally thousands of smaller charities and trusts in the UK which offer grants either for educational or welfare purposes. Each one will have its own specific criteria and you will need to identify those for which you might be eligible. As part of our member benefits package, you can access an external database of over 3,500 charities and trusts which offer educational related grants.
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Westminster Full Fee Scholarship
You must hold the equivalent of a First Class Honours degree and demonstrate financial need
BUSINESS & FINANCE – POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
Director of Programme Scholarship – BPP University
A full fee paying scholarship open to new students applying for an MSc Accounting and Finance programme, who can demonstrate the highest standard of academic excellence and commitment to their chosen career in accounting and finance.
Women in Business Scholarship – University of Surrey
Up to 50% discount on tuition fees. Open to female candidates who can demonstrate their contribution to business and evidence a drive to support other female candidates in future. It is open to candidates joining either the Full Time or Executive MBA programmes.
UK/EU Full tuition fee scholarships – Bangor University
If you have a BA/BSc degree with a classification of 2.1 or above and have been offered a place on one of the following Bangor Business School taught postgraduate degree programmes
The Business School Dean’s Scholarship – Bournemouth University
50% tuition fee discount. Open to any UK/EU student applying for a full time taught Masters in the School of business. You need to be able to show an outstanding academic record, holding a minimum of a UK upper second-class honours (2i) degree (or overseas equivalent) that is relevant to your postgraduate study.
ENGINEERING & COMPUTING – POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
School of Computing alumni legacy scholarship – Teeside University
A full tuition fee scholarship Open to graduates of Teeside University who are undertaking their first Postgraduate course of study and are UK students studying full time.
Women in Engineering Masters Scholarships – Brunel University
You must be a female UK/EU student applying for one of the relevant MSc full-time Engineering courses listed; You must have an undergraduate degree in Engineering, Technology, Science or Mathematics, and be eligible for associate or graduate membership of one of the UK Engineering Institutions.
The Panasonic Trust Fellowships
£8,000 scholarships open to applicants who have an offer to study a Masters on one of the listed courses and have membership of a professional Engineering Institution accredited by the Engineering Council as a licence member institution.
£9,000 scholarships open to applicants who have an offer to study a Masters on one of the listed courses and have membership of a professional Engineering Institution accredited by the Engineering Council as a licence member institution.
LAW – POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
Choose Law Full Fee Scholarship – University of Law
A full tuition fee scholarship open to any student registered for a GDL, LPC or BPTC. You will be required to take an online assessment and submit an essay on a law related topic.
Nottingham Law Schools Dean’s Professional Courses Scholarship for Academic Excellence – Nottigham Trent University
Up to 50% tuition fee discount open to students who have a place on one of the specified courses in the law school
Director of GDL Programmes Scholarship – BPP University
Full tuition fee scholarships open to new students applying for an GDL programme, who can demonstrate the highest standard of academic excellence and commitment to their chosen career in law. You will need to submit a 500 words essay answering the question ‘What is it about you that will make you a successful lawyer?’
SOCIAL SCIENCES – POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
Social Sciences Dean’s Masters Scholarship for Academic Excellence – Nottingham Trent University
Up to 50% discount on tuition fees. Open to students who have a place on one of the specified courses in the school of social sciences
£12,500 open to all full-time Masters students in the Department of International Politics.The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence.
CREATIVE ARTS & DESIGN – POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS
University of the Arts Postgraduate Scholarships
There are a large number of postgraduate scholarships available at the university of the Arts for different subjects, many of them are full fee paying scholarships
£10,000 scholarships open to students in need of financial assistance to take a post-graduate course related to a career in film, television or games at an institution in the UK.