Students can receive additional financial support from range of sources to cover the cost of tuition fees and maintenance (living expenses) towards their UK studies.
It is recommended to research funding options before committing to a course. Options for funding a course include charities, trusts and foundations, research councils, social work funding, physician associate funding, professional and career development loans as well as graduate loans.
Students may be able to apply for some additional financial support to help them meet the cost of their studies in the UK . Some of these are income assessed. Below are some examples of additional funding options available to students –
Some charities, trusts and foundations make partial funding awards for postgraduate study. You can find out more about charities and trusts at your local library. Useful publications include: The Educational Grants Directory; The Grants Register; The Directory of Grant Making Trusts; and The Charities Digest.
There is a useful online guide to funding from charities and trusts, the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding.
You can search for funding from educational trusts on the Turn2Us website.
There are seven research councils which award grants to institutions (though not to individual students):
MA Social Work students might be eligible for funding through either a bursary or the Postgraduate Loan . Universities offered a limited number of bursaries which are allocated according to your interview score, which reflects current Department of Health guidance.
Social work bursaries are available if you:
Your bursary will be paid in three instalments, at the start of each semester.
To apply, download the postgraduate application form from the NHS Business Services Authority website. The website also has details of funding levels and application deadlines.
As well as the postgraduate social work bursary, it’s worth exploring other funding options that might apply to you. These include:
Health Education England’s (HEE) may be subsiding the tuition fee for UK and EU students starting MSc Physician Associate course.
Professional and Career Development Loans allow you to borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help you fund up to two years of learning. They are available from three high street banks but you can apply online via the Gov.UK website. You will start repaying the loan, plus interest at a reduced rate, one month after your finish your course.
Graduate loans are available through high street banks. You should discuss your needs with the bank and shop around for the most suitable loans.
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