Sources of Funding for Postgraduate UK and EU students

  • John Henry Brookes Scholarships – January 2018 entry

    These awards are funded through the Brookes Alumni Fund.

    Oxford Brookes Business School

    We are offering a number of £1,000 scholarships across a range of courses for UK, EU and international students wishing to undertake full-time taught postgraduate master's degrees in January 2018.

    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 6 December 2017. Application forms should be emailed to

    These scholarships are offered for applicants wishing to study one of the following courses:


    Download Application Form (includes Notes for Guidance) JHB OBBS Application form Jan 2018

    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

    The Oxford Brookes University’s Faculty of Health & Life Sciences is offering 3 Bursary Nursing Awards to help assist trainee student nurses with living expenses.  Each Award will be up to £30,000 per student over a maximum period of 3 years.

    The Bursary is open to mature, Home/EU students who are in financial need and without other funding, and would find it difficult financially to undertake the 3 year Pre-Registration course for the University’s BSc (Hons) or MSc (Hons) programme in Adult Nursing Degree. 

    Download the application form

    de Rohan Scholarship

    Information about scholarships for September 2018 entry will be advertised in November 2017

    Oxford Brookes University is committed to the development of student sporting excellence, and the Sports Scholarships provided by Santander aim to support elite athletes through their time at the University.    

    More details about the scheme can be found here, while the Sports Team's pages provide further information about its operation, including how to apply.  

    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 Department of Education's web pages.    

    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: