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Scholarships for Master's Studies in the United Kingdom

We've compiled a list of scholarships you can apply for if you'd like to get a Master's in the UK as an international student.

Jul 21, 2023
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Scholarships are a great way to make your studies more affordable, enabling you to concentrate on your academic program without the added stress of tuition and living expenses.

If you'd like to learn more about pursuing Master's studies in the UK, check out our comprehensive Master's in the UK guide, which covers everything you need to know about this topic.

Here's a list of scholarships you can apply for if you'd like to get a Master's in the UK as an international student:

University scholarships

  • Rhodes Scholarship – Rhodes Trust, Oxford University (covers the tuition and awards £18,180 per year (£1,515 per month) for living expenses, including accommodation) 
  • Clarendon Scholarships - Oxford University (200 fully funded scholarships)
  • Various faculty-specific scholarships – University of Edinburgh (offering a range of options, from tuition fee waivers or a couple thousand pounds of worth of scholarships)
  • School of Management MSc Scholarships – University of Bath (four tuition fee waivers and over 30 scholarships of £5,000)
  • The Sanctuary Scholarships – University of Bath (one full-ride scholarship and a grant of up to £15,609)
  • Warwick Taught Master’s Scholarship Scheme – University of Warwick (up to £10,000 per student, for a total of 50 students)

Scholarships funded by governmental bodies and external organizations

  • The Chevening Scholarship – Covers the tuition fees and all administrative and travel costs involved in your move to the UK. It also includes a monthly stipend and a top-up allowance (the amount depends on the city you live in).Funded by the UK government.
  • The Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships - Full tuition fee coverage, monthly stipend (£1,236 per month, or £1,516 per month for those at universities in the London metropolitan area), additional allowances, and a childcare allowance in certain cases. Funded by the UK government.
  • The Global Wales Postgraduate Scholarship - Scholarships of up to £10,000 awarded to students aiming to get a Master’s degree in Wales. It's a collaboration between several organizations, and is funded by Taith, a Welsh exchange program.
  • Women in STEM Scholarship - Organized by the British Council, and includes tuition fees, stipend, travel costs, visa and health coverage fees, as well as special support for mothers and people with caring responsibilities.

Major-specific scholarships

  • Department of Bioengineering Scholarship – Imperial College London (£4,999 one-off payments to 5 prospective Master’s researchers)
  • College of Health, Science and Society Dean's Scholarship - Bristol, University of the West of England(100% tuition fee waiver)
  • Southampton Sociology and Criminology Postgraduate International Scholarship - University of Southampton (two scholarships of £5,000)
  • Wintech Scholarship - Bristol, University of the West of England (one scholarship of £10,750, paid in three installments)
  • School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies International Excellence Scholarship – University of Leeds (25% fee deduction to a Master’s student in one of the aforementioned areas)

Privately funded scholarships

  • Gates Cambridge Scholarship – Gates Foundation (covers the tuition fees for Cambridge university program and the administrative costs related to visa and travel; it also includes a maintenance allowance of £18,744 for 12 months and additional discretionary funding like childcare or maternity/paternity allowance)
  • Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships - Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust and Oxford University (these scholarships cover the student’s tuition fees and provide a stipend of at least £17,668 meant to be used for living expenses)
  • Master’s in Europe Scholarship – (£5,000 to be used to cover tuition fees)

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The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) offers various funding schemes for international students pursuing research-based postgraduate degrees.

Some examples of grants offered by universities for Master’s level research are:

  • Grants for MSc in Intercultural Communication for Business and the Professions (ICBP) - University of Warwick
  • Bursaries for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Programs – University of Bolton
  • Richard Hart Bursary - Bristol, University of the West of England

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