Sources of Funding for Postgraduate UK and EU students

  • John Henry Brookes Scholarships - September 2016 Entry


    These awards are funded through the Brookes Alumni Fund and Oxford Brookes International.

     We are offering a number of scholarships across a range of subject areas for UK, EU and international students wishing to undertake full-time taught postgraduate master's degrees in September 2016.

     Applications will only be accepted from students who have already been made an offer by Oxford Brookes University.

     You should apply for your place on the relevant courses below and then submit your scholarship application. IF YOU APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP WITHOUT THE OFFER OF A PLACE, YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

     The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Thursday 30 June 2016 unless otherwise stated on a Faculty webpage. They should be emailed or posted to the address stated on the forms below or online for all application to the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment.

     The following scholarships are available:

     Faculty of Business  
    A number of £1,000 to £2,000 awards are open to UK, EU and International students studying a full-time Masters:

     BH57 MSc in International Hotel and Tourism Management 

     BH61 MSc International Hospitality, Events & Tourism Management 

     BH55 MSc International Management and International Relations

     BH56 MSc Business Management

     BH64 MSc Accounting

     BH69 MSc Economics

     BH70 MSc Financial Economics

     BH71 MSc International Management

     BU88 MSc international business economics

    BU87 MSc Finance

    BU88 MSc International Trade and Logistics

     BU89 MSc Accounting and Finance

     BU91 MSc Marketing

     BU92 MSc Human Resource Management

    MSc Marketing and Brand Management

    MSc International Luxury Marketing

    MSc Digital Marketing

    Download the application form here

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    A number of £1,000 to £2,000 awards are open to UK, EU and International students studying a full-time Masters:

     BM51 - MSc Applied Sport and Exercise Science

     BM60 - MSc Applied Human Nutrition

     BM63 - MSc Conservation Ecology

     HC51 - MSc Infection prevention and control

     HL66 - MRes Ecology, Evolution and Development

     HL67 - MSc in Medical Genetics and Genomics

    NB:Please note applicants for the MSc Adult/Children’s/Mental Health Nursing (Pre-Registration) and MSc Midwifery (Pre-Registration) are not eligible to apply for these scholarships.

    Download an application form here

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Five awards of £1,000 and one award of £2,000 are open to UK, EU or International students across the Faculty. Students must be studying one of the following subjects in the following Departments:

     School of Education

     MA Education (Childhood and Youth Studies/Leadership and Management/TESOL)

     Department of English and Modern Languages

     MA English Literature OR MA Creative Writing OR MA European, Business, Culture and Languages

     Department of History, Philosophy and Religion

     MA History OR MA History (History of Medicine)

     School of Law

     LLM International Law OR LLM International Economic Law OR LLM International Human Rights Law

     OR LLM International Law, Globalisation and Development, OR LLM International Trade and

     Commercial Law

     Department of Social Sciences

     MA International Studies (Environment/Global Political Economy/International Relations/ Security)  OR MSc Primate Conservation

    Download the application form here

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    Please visit Department Scholarship pages for details of the awards and application process for all awards:


    Santander Scholarships  - Withdrawn


    Please note that further to the statement issued earlier on this webpage about the possible withdrawal of this scholarship, we can now confirm that due to the changes agreed in the new funding agreement, this scholarship has been withdrawn and anyone who has submitted an application will be contacted by the University.


    Some of our Faculties and Departments offer scholarships towards Taught Masters programmes for UK, EU and international students.

    Please check below for the Department you are applying to:

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment
    Please visit Department Scholarship pages for details and application forms for all awards available:
    School of Architecture
    School of Arts
    Department of Computing and Communication Technologies
    Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
    Department of Planning
    Department of Real Estate and Construction

    de Rohan Scholarship - September 2016 entry

    For September 2016 entry, we are pleased to offer the de Rohan Scholarship to one full-time or part-time student studying the MA Creative Writing, MA English, or MA History or MA by Research in the History of Art in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

    The award will provide £7,000 for one year or over two years for part-time study, from which fees will be deducted.

    Applications will only be accepted from students who have already been made a conditional or unconditional offer by Oxford Brookes University.

    You should apply for your place on the course and then submit your scholarship application.


    The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the personal statement. You should clearly explain why you are following the MA course; what you hope to contribute to the course and the discipline; and what you hope achieving the MA will contribute to your career and/or personal development.

    Please find the application form, notes for guidance and background to the scholarship below.

    Download Background to Scholarship

    Download an application form here

    The University is pleased to offer a number of full-time funded studentships in a range of disciplines for students wishing to enrol on a research degree programme at Oxford Brookes University.

    Information about the University Research Studentships can be found on our research funding page.

    This section includes details of all Research Council funding for postgraduate study in the UK.

    Public funding bodies
    Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)  
    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)  
    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)  
    Medical Research Council (MRC)  
    Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)  
    Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC)  

    When Research Council funded studentships are available they are advertised at  Research Funding Opportunities

    For more information about studentships and their availability, contact the

    Alternatively scan the academic press for advertised studentships:

    • Times Higher 
    • Education Guardian 
    • Nature
    • New Scientist.

    EU and EEA students

    Nationals of European Economic Area (EEA) countries (i.e. EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) may be eligible for a fees-only award from the Research Councils or AHRC.

    For more guidance, see UKOSA Guidance Notes for Students: Course Fees and Grants: EEA Students, available from British Council offices, or consult the relevant Research Council postgraduate funding guide.

    NOTE: Nationals of European Union (EU) countries normally pay ‘home’ fees, i.e. fees at the same level as UK students.

    Educational trust funds and charities

    There are a number of charities, trusts and foundations which award partial funding for study. Competition for these awards is getting increasingly tough. In order to succeed in getting support, you must assure the charity or trust that you have exhausted all other sources of funding and that you fit in with specific eligibility criteria. You should normally plan your application at least a year in advance. It is rarely possible to get help at short notice.

    Useful publications on the various trusts and charities include:

    • The Grants Register - the Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding World-wide. Published by Macmillan.
    • The Directory of Grant-Making Trusts and The Directory of Small Grant-Making Trusts. Published by the  Charities Aid Foundation.

    Sponsorship by employers

    Employers may fund vocational and professional training courses as part of career development. Information on sponsorship opportunities at a company is usually available from the company’s personnel department.

    For Health and Social Care programmes, the administrator can supply details of funding opportunities.


    Some postgraduates fund themselves through their studies with a combination of part-time jobs, loans, savings, etc. This can work well, but you must be realistic in calculating your costs before embarking on your studies.

    Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE)

    The Institute of Electrical Engineers provide a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught and research degrees. Applicants are normally expected to be IEE members and the closing date is usually mid-October. 

    Teacher Training Student Finance

    Your LEA will provide more information about available bursaries, grants and maintenance loans. They can also provide a free copy of the information booklet Financial Support for Students. Alternatively you can contact the DfES’s free information line on 0800 731 9133.

    Postgraduate Teacher Trainees

    Home students and EU students resident within the European Economic Area (EAA) attending an accredited initial teacher training course will receive one of the following non-taxable bursaries:

    • £9,000 for trainees in physics, chemistry, engineering and mathematics
    • £6,000 for trainees in biology, combined/general science and foreign languages.

    The training salary is paid monthly over 9 calendar months from the start of study (September). For further information, please see the  Training and Development Agency for Schools website or the  Graduate Teacher Training Registry website.

    MBA Loan Scheme

    The Association of MBAs (AMBA) administers a Business School Loan Scheme to assist UK students studying for an MBA. Loans can cover tuition fees and living expenses. You can borrow up to two thirds of your pre-course gross annual salary, plus tuition fees for each year of full-time study. For more information visit the  AMBA website.

    Funding information

    For information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the  government's website.

    Further information on possible funding sources for research students can be obtained from postgraduate tutors, public libraries or Oxford Brookes Careers Centre: