Funding your postgraduate degree


Many postgraduates are surprised to discover that there’s not the same government support available to postgraduates as undergraduates.  However, there are options to help you fund your studies.

For those who don’t have savings or employer support, the first step is to try to find grants and bursaries but be warned, these are limited. Take a look at our Home and EU funding information or International funding information.

Here are some tips that will help

1. Start early

There is lots of competition for postgraduate funding, so apply as early as possible, ideally, six months to a year before you intend to start since deadlines for charities and funding bodies will vary across the board. 

If you intend to progress from undergraduate to postgraduate study, start exploring your options as soon as you begin the last year of your undergraduate course.

2. Look for more than one source of funding

University funding

USW Postgraduate Bursary for 2018-19 Entry

We're pleased to announce a new Bursary for UK and EU students starting an eligible postgraduate taught course in the academic year 2018-19. The majority of our taught Masters courses will be eligible for the Bursary, whether studied full-time or part-time*.

Students undertaking an eligible full-time course will receive a Bursary of £3,000, and part-time students will receive a Bursary of £333 per 20 credits which will apply for the normal duration of the course.

To check if a course is eligible, please refer to the fees and funding section on the relevant course page as the Bursary will be displayed where applicable. The Bursary will be automatically applied as a discount against the course fee on your offer letter and invoice.

*Non-Masters courses, including Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates, will not qualify for the USW Postgraduate Bursary. Courses delivered online and those delivered via a third party are also not eligible for this Bursary. These courses largely have a different fee structure too so please check the fees and funding section on the relevant course page.

USW Postgraduate Living Costs Bursary

This Bursary is available to new Welsh and EU students starting an eligible taught Masters course at a USW campus during 2018/19 academic year.

It is worth £500 and is available in addition to the USW Postgraduate Fee Bursary. Find out more.

External funding 

USW applicants and current students can use The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding for free (normally a £25 charge applies). This is an online resource for students who are looking to fund PhD, Masters, and PGCE study in the UK through grants from charities, trusts, and foundations. Our Student Money website lists funding search engines and external bursaries you can try. The Careers Service also has some good links. Harder to find but not impossible is funding from the British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

3. Consider a Career Development Loan

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.

You could also be eligible for a postgraduate student loan of £10,000 as a contribution to your course and living costs. 

Fee facts

How much does postgraduate study cost?

USW charges £6,000* for a standard full-time postgraduate course. Non-standard courses, research degrees and part-time study vary. Check the course page for further information.

*Please note the full-time UK and EU fee is £9000, however, USW is offering a full-time UK and EU bursary of £3000 which means students pay £6000.

How and when do I have to pay?

Fees are due in full at enrolment. If you are studying full time and pay in full, you may be eligible for an early discount fee of £300. You can also opt to pay the fee by in three or seven equal monthly instalments by direct debit. For more information on course fees contact our Revenue Team on 01443 483340 or