Masters funding overview

Fund your Masters

There are many ways 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.

Top tips for funding your Masters

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. This is available for UK students on full-time, part-time or distance learning taught or research Masters degree courses. Find out more about the government-backed postgraduate 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 financial support for Muslim students.

International students

Studying abroad is a big investment. You might be able to get funding from government, independent sponsors, the University or other funding bodies. 

Check if any funding is available from your country to study in the UK. This could be from your home government, or from companies or organisations based in your home country. Visit their websites or contact your local government office. 

The UK government offers postgraduate scholarships for international students, such as the Chevening Awards and the Commonwealth Scholarships. 

There is also funding for students in specific countries which you can get more information on from the British Council website

EU students starting their course in the 2021/2022 academic year or later will be classed as international 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 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.

EU students starting their course in the 2021/2022 academic year will be eligible for scholarships open to international students.    

Subject-specific scholarships

We also offer subject-related scholarships, based on academic achievement. Find details of what subject-related scholarships are available within different Schools. 

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 about eligibility 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.