You can find information on the costs of postgraduate study on the prospective postgraduate fees page, which shows the fees for different subjects and student status.
We provide funding advice for postgraduate study and details on the living expenses you can expect to budget for while you study. For prospective PGCE students there is information on the bursary funding available for PGCE courses.
If you're interested in applying for a studentship, please read the information and terms and conditions for RCUK and University of Bristol funded studentships.
Government support for postgraduate study
The Government has introduced loans to help towards the costs of postgraduate Masters-level study. Read more about the benefits and your eligibility for a postgraduate loan.
Further information about funding your postgraduate degree is given below:
Funding options for postgraduate study are significantly different from those available for undergraduate study. A student's funding also differs if they study a research degree (e.g. PhD) or a taught degree (e.g. MA or MSc).
We advise students wishing to study for a taught Masters degree to put their funding in place before starting a course of study. If you don't have savings readily available then there are some alternative options.
For UK and EU students who are normally resident in England or the EU there is now the option of taking out a postgraduate loan for Masters study. This is a Government funded scheme that will be open from summer 2016. If you are normally resident in Wales or Scotland and want to study in Bristol but you aren't eligible for a postgraduate loan, you could take out a subsidised bank loan known as a Professional and Career Development Loan.
All University of Bristol graduates registering on a MA programme within the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities will receive an automatic 10% reduction in fees at the Home/EU rate. This will be applied at the start of the academic year. Visit the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities website for information on this, and other funding.
The University subscribes to the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, which provides contact information for charities and organisations who offer grants for postgraduate study.
You can use our funding search to see whether there are any additional grants or awards that are relevant to your course.
For postgraduate research programmes funding is primarily directed through the Research Councils.
The University offers many postgraduate funding opportunities, as funding is subject-specific, for further information you are advised to contact the appropriate school or faculty.
The Bristol Doctoral College provide further information on faculty funding for postgraduate research students.
Don't forget to use our funding search to see whether there are any additional grants or awards that are relevant to your course.
Funding for international postgraduate students is limited and you must have enough funding in place for your living costs and your tuition before you arrive at university.
You can use our funding search to see whether there are any scholarships or awards that are relevant to your course.
In order to be eligible to apply for any funding listed here, you must first apply and receive an offer for a place on a course. You can apply for a course online. Queries about your application should be directed to the postgraduate admissions contact in the school.
Funding for taught Master's degrees is limited to the DfID scheme, which is only open to students from Commonwealth developing countries coming to this University to study specific courses.
PhD funding is more general - there are no limitations placed on nationality or course, providing Bristol is able to offer supervision for the topic being researched. A limited number of studentships are available for each area of study.
We recommend that you contact the British Council in your home country, and the department you want to study in at University, to see if they know of any funding available.
You can obtain further information about the financial arrangements from the following sources:
Higher Education and Legal Manager
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Department of Education
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University of Bristol,
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