Our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 27 March. Register now to secure your place.

So, you decided you want to pursue a postgraduate degree. The question ‘How am I going to fund this?’ has most likely crossed your mind (why would you be reading this otherwise, right?). To help, we’ve put together a handy list with all of the different funding options that can help to make your dream a reality!

Scholarship Opportunities

At the University of Stirling, we have a range of scholarships to help students from all backgrounds make the most of their time here. There are 35 scholarships on offer for postgraduate taught students and 10 scholarships for postgraduate research students. Our Scholarship search can help you to find the right option. Simply filter by nationality, subject and type of degree (taught or research).

For international students who have previously studied with us through a study abroad programme or attended our International Summer School, we offer a 20% tuition fee waiver for the first year of a full-time Master’s degree.

Apply for a Government Loan

There are a number of loan options for students depending on their nationality and residence status. Find a quick breakdown below. Full details and helpful links can be found on our website.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Scottish students: The Student Awards Agency (SAAS) can provide a loan of up to £10,000 to help both full-time and part-time students cover tuition fees and living costs.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 English students: The UK Government has a new postgraduate loan scheme providing up to £10,000 per year. This applies to most postgraduate courses but cannot be combined with other PhD funding from the Government, the Research Council or NHS.

Northern Irish students: You could be eligible for a postgraduate loan of up to £5,500 from the Department of Economy.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Welsh students: The Welsh Government provides loans of up to £10,280 to cover tuition fees and living costs via Student Finance Wales.

🇪🇺 EU Students: EU students can also apply to SAAS for a loan however this is generally capped at £5,500.

🇺🇸 USA Students: The University of Stirling can certify loan applications for the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). More information can be found in our guide to Financial Aid for US Students.

Explore other Loan Providers

Professional and Career Development Loans provide support from £300 to £10,000 for UK residents. The UK Government pays the interest whilst you are studying but you must have been living in the UK for at least three years. The deadline for final applications in 25th January 2019.

Employer Sponsorship

If you’re currently working, your employer may offer paid leave to complete your course, or even pay a portion of your fees if the course is in a relevant area to your work. Discuss the options with your employer as the further knowledge a postgraduate degree provides could benefit them too.

We want to help you make the most of your postgraduate degree, so if you have any concerns about finance, please get in touch. Fees for postgraduate degrees at the University of Stirling vary depending on your chosen course. You can find general information on our Fees and Funding page, but make sure to check each course page for specific information. 

Thinking of studying at Stirling? Why not come along to our Postgraduate Open Day? You’ll be able to explore our stunning campus, learn more about our diverse range of Masters courses and PhD opportunities and spend invaluable time with our staff and students to get a taste of what life at Stirling is really like.

Want to start planning your day now? Postgraduate Open Day programme. Please note scheduling and presentations could be subject to change.