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UK/EU student funding advice

A good first step in exploring your funding options is to speak to staff in your subject area to find out how previous students have financed their studies.

You can also search our funding opportunities database to find which awards you are eligible to apply for.

School websites may also contain further information, particularly about project-specific studentships, which are advertised throughout the year.

The main sources of funding for postgraduate UK and non-UK EU students are the seven Research Councils, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Between them they cover a wide range of subjects in arts, science and medicine, providing awards for MA, MSc, MRes, MPhil, PhD, EngD and professional doctorate degrees.

The awards normally cover the UK/EU tuition fee and, in the case of students who meet the residency criteria, provide a maintenance allowance. The value of the maintenance allowance varies between the Research Councils and between types of award. Research Council funding is awarded directly from the Research Council to the University and its Schools. Enquiries and applications must be directed to Schools, and not directly to the Research Councils.

You can find profiles of each Research Council listed alphabetically on our funding opportunities database. It gives details of eligible subject areas, eligibility criteria, value of awards, types of awards available and so on. In addition, the database lists specific Research Council studentships available in the Schools.

The database also lists various studentships funded by the Faculties and Schools of the University. Before applying for these awards, you must normally have first applied for any eligible Research Council or other external funding.

It is a condition of most funding bodies that you should hold at least a provisional offer of a place to study at the University before applying. Many funding bodies have strict deadlines so you should explore your options as early as possible.

You should note that funding opportunities are very competitive and are generally given to students that have achieved outstanding academic results and submitted high quality applications.