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Funding for postgraduate study

There are many ways to fund your postgraduate studies, suitable for the type of postgraduate course or programme that you will be pursuing.

My advice to prospective postgraduates is to do as much research into funding as possible. Take a chance when considering and applying for funding. Even if you think you might not quite meet the criteria, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Emma, MA Medieval Studies

Funding for taught postgraduate study

There are various scholarships, loans, grants, bursaries to fund your taught postgraduate study.


Master's Excellence Scholarships

An award open to students with a home fee status intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

Bar Training Course Scholarship

Our 2021 Cardiff University Bar Training Course Scholarship is available to any student who has been awarded a first-class degree.

Jameel Scholarships

The Islam-UK Centre based in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion is pleased to invite applications for the Jameel Scholarship scheme.

Funded Compound Semiconductor Physics (MSc)

Cardiff University School of Physics and Astronomy are pleased to invite applications for the Rockley Photonics Scholarship for a funded MSc in compound semiconductor physics.

Vice-Chancellor's International Scholarship

We offer over £2M in funding to undergraduate and postgraduate international students through our range of scholarship schemes.

Loans and grants

UK Government master’s funding

If you are starting your master’s degree in September 2021 or later, you may be able to apply for UK Government postgraduate funding to support your study at Cardiff University.


Alumni Discount Scheme

The alumni discount is available for all master’s programmes in Cardiff Business School, as well as conversion courses in subjects including journalism, geography and planning, and creative writing, and master's programmes in clinical optometry, neuroimaging, education, global cultures, history, philosophy and translation.

Bursaries for Welsh master’s students

If you're a Welsh student starting a master's then you may be eligible for a Welsh Government bursary.

Funding for postgraduate research programmes

There are many ways of funding postgraduate research programmes, from scholarships and studentships, to postgraduate loans and Research Council funding.

Scholarships and studentships

PhD studentships and projects

See the range of PhD studentships and projects that are currently available.

Jameel Scholarships

The Islam-UK Centre based in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion is pleased to invite applications for the Jameel Scholarship scheme.

Loans and grants

Doctoral Training Initiatives

Our research-intensive profile and reputation enables us to secure funding for doctoral education from a wide range of sources.

UK Government doctoral loans

If you're a prospective UK/EU research student, you may be able to apply for a UK Government doctoral loan.

Research Councils

The UK's seven Research Councils provide government funding for postgraduate study for UK and EU students to research organisations.

If you are studying an MRes course, you can also view our funding for taught programmes.

Other ways of funding your postgraduate study

Unistaff Jobshop

The Jobshop is the student employment service owned and run by Cardiff University Students’ Union and Cardiff University.