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Funding options

There are a number of options for funding postgraduate study, but be aware that opportunities are limited and competitive.

Many students have to apply to a number of sources to try and obtain sufficient funding for their course.

Your first step should be to speak to the course director of the course you're applying to as they should be able to advise if there is any public funding or bursaries attached to your area of study. They may also know of other sources where students have found funding in the past.

As funding for postgraduate study is limited, many courses are now offered on a part-time basis to enable students to work and study at the same time.

Typical ways to fund your degree

Common sources of funding include:

  • research councils and institutes
  • scholarships and bursaries
  • charities and trusts
  • research assistant posts and teaching contracts for PhD students
  • employer support or sponsorship
  • loans – eg career development loans or the UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme.

Find out more about the common sources of postgraduate funding.

Remember that you need to think about the fees, as well as living and accommodation costs.

Help if you need it

You can always talk to the Advice and Money team here at Cardiff University about support you may be entitled to. They also run a drop-in service at 50 Park Place.

Or, you can speak to a careers adviser about where to secure postgraduate funding. You can use both of these services even if you're planning to pursue a course outside Cardiff University.

We also recommend these websites, which can serve as useful starting points for researching available sources of funding:

If you're a current student

If you're a current Cardiff University student, you can also read our resources on the intranet – just search for advice and money.

The Advice and Money Team also hold reference copies of The Grants Register 2013 and Educational Grants for Individuals in Need.

Contact us

To find out more, please contact us:

Careers and Employability