Sources of Funds
General Points on Funds
You will need to find out about sources of funding as early as possible and may need to speak with your employer to see if sponsorship opportunities are available. It will be important to make an early application and to be proactive in seeking funding opportunities. A provisional acceptance into a programme can often help you in securing funding.
Most postgraduate programmes require payment of tuition fees on an annual basis. Payment can be made by cheque, bank transfer, direct debit or credit card in one full instalment or two instalments (amount split equally). For detailed information please refer to Tuition Fees Policy 2011 and Methods of Payment
In addition to tuition fees, you will need to consider project costs (for research studentships) and of course, living expenses. It costs, on average, around £12,000 to live in London, but of course this figure will vary according to individual accommodation costs and anticipated standard of living.
Many UK postgraduate students fund themselves through Professional and Career Development Loans
For more specific funds by course, please refer to Postgraduate Funds by Course under each of the postgraduate programmes offered.
Your own Ministry of Education or Education Department may provide a scholarship scheme that supports study in the UK.
Your nearest British Council office will be able to advise you on British scholarship schemes and provide information about living and studying in the UK.
Your employer may provide scholarships for vocational studies.
The UK government and other UK and EU organisations offer a number of scholarships to enable international students to study in the UK Examples of organisations offering scholarships are given below.
- British Chevening Scholarships (www.chevening.com).
Further information can also be obtained from the British Embassy, British High Commission or British Council (www.britishcouncil.org) office in your own country.
- The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) (www.acu.ac.uk) is open to citizens of most Commonwealth countries (other than the Commonwealth of Independent States) or British dependent territories. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- British Marshall Scholarships (www.marshallscholarship.org) are open to US citizens under the age of 26, who are graduates of US universities, to undertake study in any subject leading to a degree at a UK university.
- Fulbright Scholarships (www.fulbright.co.uk) are open to US graduate students for study in the UK.
Other useful websites
UKCISA (www.ukcisa.org.uk) is the UK Council for International Student Affairs, providing advice on a range of issues including sources of funding, immigration and health and welfare.
The London Foreign and Commonwealth Office (www.fco.gov.uk) offers a search facility to help you find the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your home country, and visa information.
The UK Border Agency (www.ind.homeoffice.gov.uk) provides information about the UK’s immigration rules.
International Education Financial Aid (www.iefa.org) provides information on additional sources of funding.
The British Council (www.britishcouncil.org) provides information on its diverse activities, including its overseas English Language teaching operations (IELTS). It also helps you to locate your nearest British Council Office.
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