Welsh Government Bursaries

The Welsh Government is continuing to fund a bursary scheme aimed at encouraging Welsh students to study their master’s degrees in Wales for the 2023/24 academic year.

Who is eligible for this postgraduate STEMM Bursary?

To be eligible for this postgraduate STEMM Bursary you need to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a Welsh domiciled student
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for funding for Postgraduate Master’s Finance from Student
    Finance Wales (NB. Students over the age of 60 will be eligible to apply for the bursary)
  • Enrol on an eligible full or part-time taught postgraduate Masters STEMM (Science,
    Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) course studying and being charged for 180 credits at the University of South Wales, starting in September 2023 or February 2024
  • Remain enrolled for the duration of the course.

What courses are eligible for this postgraduate STEMM Bursary?
HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales) have determined that the STEMM Bursary applies to full or part-time STEMM subject Master’s courses only. As required, the University has used HEFCW’s academic subject categories (ASCs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 6) to determine course eligibility: 1 Medicine and Dentistry; 2 subjects and professions allied to medicine; 3 Science; 4 Engineering and Technology; and 6 Mathematical Sciences, IT and Computing.


Courses eligible for the full bursary
MA Art Psychotherapy
MA Games Enterprise
MA Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
MA Music Therapy
MA Working for Children and Young People
MSc Advanced Clinical Practitioner
MSc Advanced Coaching in Strength and Conditioning MSc Advanced Performance Football Coaching
MSc Aeronautical Engineering
MSc Analytical and Forensic Science
MSc Applied Cyber Security
MSc Artificial Intelligence
MSc Aviation Engineering and Management
MSc Behaviour Analysis and Therapy
MSc Civil Engineering (Environmental)
MSc Civil Engineering (Structural)
MSc Clinical Psychology
MSc Computer Forensics
MSc Computer Science
MSc Computer Systems Security
MSc Computing and Information Systems MSc Data Science
MSc Electronics and Information Technology MSc Enhancing Clinical Practice
MSc Mechanical Engineering
MSc Mobile and Satellite Communications
MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry
MSc Play Therapy
MSc Professional Practice
MSc Psychology (Conversion)
MSc Public Health
MSc Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology MSc Sport, Health and Exercise Science
MSc Sports Coaching and Performance
MSc Wildlife and Conservation Management

Courses eligible for partial amount of bursary

MSc Leading Digital Transformation - 20% STEMM
MSc Strategic and Digital Marketing - 10% STEMM
MSc Working with Adult and Young People who Offend - 33% STEMM

Those who are undertaking NHS-funded, KESS funded, PGCE, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Distance Learning courses are ineligible for this award.

Important information

Students undertaking fewer than 180 credits on a postgraduate Masters degree will not be eligible for this Bursary as they will not be eligible for Postgraduate Masters Government Student Finance. This includes students who are exempt from one or more modules due to Accredited Prior Achievement (APA) or Advanced Prior Learning (APL).

How much is the postgraduate STEMM bursary?

The postgraduate STEMM bursary is a maximum of £2,000* for a full Masters course.

*If your course is not 100% STEMM you will receive a percentage of the bursary e.g. if your course is considered 10% STEMM you will receive £200.

How do I apply for the postgraduate STEMM bursary?

If you are in receipt of Welsh Government Postgraduate Master’s Student Finance there is no application process for the postgraduate STEMM bursary, the University will automatically assess your eligibility. If you are eligible, you will be contacted in January 2024 (September entry) or May 2024 (February entry) with further information.

If you are not in receipt or intending to apply for Welsh Government Postgraduate Master’s Student Finance, it is necessary to self-declare your eligibility. Students who the university think may meet the eligibility criteria will be sent a form to complete to self-declare their eligibility in January 24 (September entry) or May 2024 (February entry).

How is the postgraduate STEMM bursary paid?

The postgraduate STEMM bursary will automatically be allocated to reduce your tuition fees unless you tell us otherwise. If you are eligible for the bursary, you will be sent an email in January 24 (September entry) or May 2024 (February entry) with information on how to opt out of the bursary being allocated to your tuition fees.

If you request to opt out of the bursary being allocated to your tuition fees, the bursary will be paid direct to you. The university are partnered with HSBC who process bursary payments, you will receive further information on how to access the HSBC portal when the bursary is due to be paid.

Courses starting in September 2023

One year full time masters: The bursary will be allocated to reduce your tuition fees (or paid to you if you have requested to opt out) in March 2024. If you have set up a payment plan, your payment plan will automatically be reduced by the bursary amount.

Full-time masters courses lasting two years and part-time courses lasting two years: The bursary will be allocated to reduce your tuition fees (or paid to you if you have requested to opt out ) in two instalments March 2024 and February 2025 as long as you remain eligible. If you have set up a payment plan, your payment plan will automatically be reduced by the bursary amount.

Part time masters courses lasting three years: The bursary will be allocated to reduce your tuition fees (or paid to you if you have requested to opt out) in three instalments in March 2024, February 2025 and February 2026 as long as you remain eligible. If you have set up a payment plan, your payment plan will automatically be reduced by the bursary amount.

Course starting in February 2024

One year full time masters: The bursary will be allocated to reduce your tuition fees (or paid to you if you have requested to opt out) in July 2024. If you have set up a payment plan, your payment plan will automatically be reduced by the bursary amount.

Full-time masters courses lasting two years and part-time courses lasting two years: The bursary will be allocated to reduce your tuition fees (or paid to you if you have requested to opt out) in two instalments in July 2024 and July 2025 as long as you remain eligible. If you have set up a payment plan, your payment plan will automatically be reduced by the bursary amount.

Part time masters courses lasting three years: The bursary will be allocated to your tuition fees ( or paid to you if you have requested to opt out) in three instalments in July 2024, July 2025 and July 2026 as long as you remain eligible. If you have set up a payment plan, your payment plan will automatically be reduced by the bursary amount.

I am not a Welsh domiciled student. Am I eligible for this postgraduate bursary?

No. The postgraduate bursary is part of funds provided by the Welsh Government, and is only available to students who are eligible for Postgraduate Master’s Finance from Student Finance Wales.

I am going to start an integrated masters degree, e.g. MChiro, MEng, MSci. Am I eligible for this postgraduate bursary?

No, an integrated Masters degree is not eligible for the bursary as they are categorised as undergraduate courses and eligible for undergraduate student finance.

What happens if I transfer to a different course?

As long as you transfer to another eligible course, your entitlement to the Postgraduate STEMM Bursary remains the same. All conditions relating to the bursary will still apply.

If I defer my study until 2024 entry, will I still be eligible for the postgraduate STEMM bursary?

No, you can only be eligible for scholarships or bursaries available for the year in which you will start your postgraduate study.

I am an existing postgraduate student. Am I eligible for the postgraduate STEMM bursary for my current course?

No, this Bursary applies only to students starting a new, eligible, postgraduate STEMM Master’s course in 2023/2024

If I need to repeat my course or any postgraduate credits, what happens to my STEMM Bursary?

You will not be eligible for the STEMM Bursary for any credits which are being repeated.

For part time students and students on a two year full time course, it will be necessary that you complete and proceed to your next year of study to receive the next instalment of your bursary.

If I interrupt or withdraw from my studies, what happens to my STEMM Bursary entitlement?

If you interrupt or withdraw from your studies prior to payment, you will not receive your bursary.

If you interrupt or withdraw from your studies after you have received payment of the bursary you are entitled to keep the payment. If you are due to receive a further instalment you may not be eligible to receive the second/third payment until you re-enrol to complete your studies.

Who is eligible for the Bursary?

To be eligible for the Bursary you need to meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • Be a Welsh domiciled student
  • Meet the Student Finance Wales* eligibility criteria for funding for Postgraduate Masters Finance
  • Aged 60 or above on the first day of the Academic Year of the course. The Academic Year is defined below:
    • 1 September 2023 where the Academic Year begins on or after 1 August 2023 and before January 2024
    • 1 January 2024 where the Academic Year begins on or after 1 January 2024 and before 1 April 2024
  • Enrol on an eligible full or part-time postgraduate taught master's course studying and being charged for 180 credits at the University of South Wales, starting in September 2023 or January/February 20224
  • Remain enrolled for the duration of the course

Important information
Students undertaking fewer than 180 credits on a postgraduate Masters degree will not be eligible for this Bursary as you will not be eligible for Postgraduate Masters Government Student Finance. This includes students who are exempt from one or more modules due to Accredited Prior Achievement (APA) or Advanced Prior Learning (APL).

What courses are eligible for the Bursary?
This Bursary applies for eligible full or part-time postgraduate taught master's courses. If you have enrolled on to a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma course, you will not be eligible for the Bursary.


How much is the HEFCW 60+ Masters Bursary?


The Bursary is £4,000.


The postgraduate HEFCW 60+ Masters bursary will automatically be allocated to reduce your tuition fees unless you contact us to inform us otherwise. If you do not want the bursary to be allocated to your tuition fees, please email [email protected] to opt out of the automatic allocation.

If you request to opt out of the bursary being allocated to your tuition fees, the bursary will be paid directly to you. The university are partnered with HSBC who process bursary payments, you will receive further information on how to access the HSBC portal when the bursary is due to be paid.

Courses starting in September 2023

One year full time masters: The bursary will be allocated to reduce your tuition fees (or paid to you if you have requested to opt out) in March 2024. If you have set up a payment plan, your payment plan will automatically be reduced by the bursary amount.

Full-time masters courses lasting two years and part-time courses lasting two years: The bursary will be allocated to reduce your tuition fees (or paid to you if you have requested to opt out) in two instalments March 2024 and February 2025 as long as you remain eligible. If you have set up a payment plan, your payment plan will automatically be reduced by the bursary amount.

Part time masters courses lasting three years: The bursary will be allocated to reduce your tuition fees (or paid to you if you have requested to opt out) in three instalments in March 2024, February 2025 and February 2026 as long as you remain eligible. If you have set up a payment plan, your payment plan will automatically be reduced by the bursary amount.

Course starting in February 2024

One year full time masters: The bursary will be allocated to reduce your tuition fees (or paid to you if you have requested to opt out) in July 2024. If you have set up a payment plan, your payment plan will automatically be reduced by the bursary amount.

Full-time masters courses lasting two years and part-time courses lasting two years: The bursary will be allocated to reduce your tuition fees (or paid to you if you have requested to opt out) in two instalments in July 2024 and July 2025 as long as you remain eligible. If you have set up a payment plan, your payment plan will automatically be reduced by the bursary amount.

Part time masters courses lasting three years: The bursary will be allocated to your tuition fees (or paid to you if you have requested to opt out) in three instalments in July 2024, July 2025 and July 2026 as long as you remain eligible. If you have set up a payment plan, your payment plan will automatically be reduced by the bursary amount.

How do I apply for the Bursary?

There is no application process for this bursary. Your eligibility will be confirmed via your university email account once you have enrolled and are attending an eligible course.

I am not a Welsh domiciled student. Am I eligible for this Bursary?

No. The Masters Bursary is part of funds provided by the Welsh Government, and is only available to students who are domiciled in Wales and who are eligible for Postgraduate Masters Finance from Student Finance Wales.

I am going to start an integrated Masters degree, e.g. MChiro, MEng, MSci. Am I eligible for this Bursary?

No, an integrated Masters degree is not eligible for the bursary as they are categorised as undergraduate courses and eligible for undergraduate student finance.

What happens if I transfer to a different course?

As long as you transfer to another eligible course, your entitlement to the Bursary remains the same. All conditions of receiving the Masters Bursary will still apply.

If I defer my study until 2024, will I still be eligible for the Bursary?

No, you can only be eligible for scholarships or bursaries available for the year in which you will start your postgraduate study.

I am an existing postgraduate student. Am I eligible for the Bursary for my current course?

No, the Bursary applies only to students starting a new Masters course in 2023/24.

If I need to repeat my course or any postgraduate credits, what happens to my Bursary?

You will not be eligible for the Bursary on any credits being repeated.

If I interrupt or withdraw from my studies, what happens to my Bursary entitlement?

If you interrupt or withdraw from your studies prior to payment, you will not receive your Bursary.

If you have received payment of the Bursary but later interrupt or withdraw from your studies, you will not be eligible to receive to the Bursary. If you are due to receive a further instalment you may not be eligible to receive the second until you re-enrol to complete your studies