There are many ways which you can fund your studies. Funding at postgraduate level is different to undergraduate, and many students choose to seek funding from a variety of sources. It’s a good idea to plan financially before starting your course. Watch our quick guide to the different types of funding available.

Top tips for funding your Masters


You can also read our Medium article ‘Top tips for funding your Masters’, where we’ve detailed all the latest funding options, to make it easier for you to make an informed choice.  

Postgraduate loans and bursaries

Many Masters students choose to apply for a government-backed loan part of their funding package. You can get up to £10,906. This is available for UK and EU students on full-time, part-time or distance learning taught or research Masters degree courses. Find out more about the government-backed loan and how to apply.

If you are a UK student taking certain health and social care courses, you may be able to get NHS funding. Find out more about NHS funding.

For more information about the relationship between fees, student loans and Sharia Law view our information for Muslim students.

University scholarships and funding

Alumni bursary

If you are a former student of the University of Leeds you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary.

University scholarships

There are several academic scholarships from the University of Leeds scholarships available to UK, EU and international students studying any Masters course. You can search our Masters scholarships directory to find out what’s available, whether you are eligible and how to apply.

Subject-specific scholarships

We also offer subject-related scholarships, based on academic achievement. To find details of what is currently available, visit the website for the University School that is running your chosen course. You can use our Faculty directory to find the relevant website.

Leeds Masters Scholarship

The Leeds Masters Scholarship aims to encourage UK students from under-represented groups to study a postgraduate qualification. It is worth £5,000 and eligibility is based on your personal circumstances. Find out if you are eligible for the Leeds Masters Scholarship and how to apply.

Sports scholarships

Our sports scholarships support elite athletes and aspiring coaches. Find out more about sports scholarships.

Sanctuary Scholarships 

This funding is available to forced migrants to the UK who are unable to access mainstream funding. Find out more about Sanctuary Scholarships.

External funding sources

Funding for UK/ EU and international Masters students is also available from a number of external organisations. Find out more about External funding.