Explore the funding options available to help you finance your postgraduate taught degree.

You need to organise funds for your tuition fees and living costs before you arrive at University. If you have the talent and ability to succeed at Bristol, concerns about funding your studies should not stop you from applying.
Our Student Funding Office provides information on studentships, bursaries and scholarships. We can also advise students about postgraduate study loans. You'll receive confirmation of any scholarship or award before you start your studies.

Self-funded study

Postgraduate master's loan

Students living in the UK can apply for a postgraduate master's loan. This funding is supplied by the UK Government and can help with your course fees and living costs while studying for a master's degree.

This loan is not means tested and the amount you can borrow will depend on where you live. Your eligibility will be determined by your loan provider, course and previous education.

If you’re studying part time, your loan payments will be spread over the full course duration.

Budgeting and living expenses

With the rising cost of living, it’s important to budget and plan your finances.

Explore our resources on student budgeting and living expenses in Bristol to get a better picture of the costs you can expect, support available and advice on how to manage your money.

Work while you study

Our Careers Service can help you find suitable part-time or holiday work, and can advise you on your rights.


Scholarships, awards and bursaries

Bristol Master’s Scholarship 

The Bristol Master’s Scholarship provides financial support to UK postgraduate taught students from underrepresented backgrounds. Scholarships worth £2,000 each are available for 50 talented students.

For more information and eligibility criteria, visit our Bristol Master’s Scholarship webpage.

Alumni discount 

If you’re a University of Bristol graduate, you could benefit from a 25% reduction in your tuition fees for postgraduate study at Bristol. 

Scholarships for international students 

There are a range of scholarships available for overseas students to help fund your postgraduate studies, including our Think Big postgraduate scholarships.

Online funding search tool

Use our online funding search tool to help you narrow down the awards and bursaries that are available to you.

Online funding search tool

Student working in a lab. Research funding and scholarships

Learn more about the funding options available for postgraduate research students.

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Watch our on-demand postgraduate funding webinar.

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