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Bursaries for Welsh master’s students

The Welsh Government has announced funding for a bursary scheme to attract Welsh and EU students to study their master’s degrees in Wales.

The Welsh Government have confirmed that these Master’s bursaries will continue to be available for the 2021/22 academic year. Details provided below show what was available for 2020 entry. These will be updated for 2021/22 when full details have been confirmed.

Bursaries for STEMM students

The Welsh Government's bursary for postgraduates aims to increase the number of Welsh graduates who remain in or return to Wales to undertake a master’s degree in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine, also known as 'STEMM' subjects.

Each bursary is worth £2,000 and may be available to Welsh and EU students studying a full taught master's degree programme starting at Cardiff University.


As stipulated by the Welsh Government, candidates can only be considered for a bursary if they are eligible for a loan as outlined on the Student Finance Wales website (excluding age restriction).

  1. Applicants must be either:

    Ordinarily resident in Wales (and haven’t moved there for the purpose of education) for the past three years. Ordinarily resident is defined as ‘habitually, normally and lawfully resided in that area from choice’. Temporary absences will be excluded;


    An EU national (excluding England, Scotland and Northern Ireland) who will be living in Wales on the first day of the first year of the course and have normally lived in the EEA or Switzerland for the past three years.
  2. Candidates must be undertaking a Postgraduate Taught STEMM Course at Cardiff University. (See list of eligible courses)
  3. Candidates who started a course before September 2020 are not eligible for a bursary.
  4. Bursaries are available to candidates applying to full-time (normally one year) and part-time (normally two years) programmes of study.
  5. Part-time students will receive the bursary over 2 years of study.
  6. The bursaries are non means tested i.e. will not depend on an applicant’s family income and will be in the form of a tuition fee waiver.
  7. Bursary recipients are also eligible to apply for the Postgraduate master’s support package for Welsh and EU (Non-UK) students (Terms and Conditions apply).
  8. If you are funded by other government funding such as Social Care Wales, NHS/HEIW, DHSSPS or Research Councils (KESS II) you will not be eligible for a STEMM bursary. However, candidates applying for other non-government funded postgraduate awards (subject to meeting eligibility criteria), including Cardiff University Master’s Excellence Scholarships, can be considered.

Eligibility of candidates applying for a Welsh Postgraduate Loan will be confirmed by the Student Loan Company.

Candidates who do not apply for a Welsh Postgraduate Loan will be asked by the Bursaries, Scholarships and Money Support Team to complete a proforma and supply additional information to prove eligibility.

Eligible programmes

For 2020/21 the following master’s programmes are eligible for the STEMM bursaries:

Other funding

You are eligible for a STEMM bursary even if you receive:

How to apply

There is no formal application process for a STEMM bursary. Bursaries will automatically be awarded on a 'first-come, first-served' basis to students who accept an offer to study an eligible programme at Cardiff University.

To secure a bursary, you must complete the following steps:

  • Apply for an eligible programme starting at Cardiff University in starting in 2020/21
  • Formally accept your offer of study.

If you have been awarded a STEMM bursary you will be notified by the end of January 2021.

Bursaries will be paid to eligible students in semester three and awarded as a tuition fee discount deducted from the third installment of your tuition fees.

Terms and conditions

  1. Bursaries cannot be deferred, candidates must take up the bursary by the date stated in the award letter. The bursary will be lost if candidates choose to start on an alternative date.  The Bursary will be rescinded if a candidate transfers to a non-STEMM course.
  2. If you are not applying for a postgraduate loan and the University judges you to be ineligible for a bursary, based on the documentation you have provided, then you have 14 days to submit new documentation for review to serve as your appeal against the decision.
  3. Bursary holders will be encouraged to participate in public relations and ambassadorial activities on a voluntary basis during your time at Cardiff University. These may include (but are not limited to) interviews, photo opportunities and attendance at events, but will not interfere with your studies. It is anticipated that voluntary activities will not exceed 50 hours throughout the duration of your studies.
  4. Having accepted an award, a bursary holder may not withdraw from the scheme save in exceptional circumstances and subject to the approval of the Committee and the relevant Head(s) of College(s)/Chair of Board of Studies. Failure to observe this regulation may render the student liable to repay to the University any award which has been made either in whole or in part as determined by the Admissions and Recruitment Committee.
  5. If it is deemed necessary for a bursary holder to suspend their studies, the bursary will not be held on University account and carried forward to the year of resumption of studies. The student will be personally liable for remaining tuition fees.
  6. If, in the view of the appropriate Head of School, a bursary holder’s progress is deemed to be unsatisfactory, the bursary may be withdrawn. A bursary may also be withdrawn on the grounds of failure to comply with any of the conditions attached to the award. In either case, the Secretary of the Admissions and Recruitment Group will notify the student of the reasons for the withdrawal. The candidate may be required to repay to the University any award which has been made, either in whole or in part, as determined by the Committee. If the student feels that such a withdrawal is unjustified, they may appeal in writing to the Chair of the Admissions and Recruitment Group within 15 working days of the date of notification. The Senate reserves the right to make, amend, withdraw, suspend or cancel without notice these and such other Regulations as may be in force from time to time and such decisions shall be final.
  7. All applications and evidence must be received into the office no later than  Friday 21st May 2021.


If you are not sure about your eligibility for the alumni discount scheme or have any queries, please contact our postgraduate team for further information.

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Bursaries for students aged 60 and above

Bursaries for students aged 60 and above have been confirmed for 2020/21 academic year.

The Welsh Government has announced funding for a new bursary scheme to attract Welsh and EU students aged 60 and above to study their master’s degree in Wales.

Each bursary is worth £4,000. This bursary is available to Welsh and EU domiciled students aged 60 or over, who are studying a full taught master's degree programme at Cardiff University.

Bursaries for students studying through the medium of Welsh

A bursary is also be available from the Welsh Government for all Welsh and EU students to complete their master’s degree through the medium of Welsh. Each bursary is worth £1,000.

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