Student Guidance Centre

How to Get Funding

Search Tools & Advice

Main Funding Options

Institutional Funding
Queen’s Postgraduate Centre has information on funding options for postgraduate courses at this University. If considering other universities, use the search tools above and contact the relevant university department for details of any institutional funding.

Government Funding
Postgraduate loans for NI students will be made available for taught Masters courses starting in 2017. Details of how to apply are not yet available.
Information on funding at Queen’s is given above. 
PhDs may come with their own funding - findaphd.com has a useful funding guide

Erasmus + Masters Degree Loan
Students from an Erasmus Programme country who have been accepted to undertake a Masters in a different Erasmus Programme country can apply for a loan from participating banks. A list of the programme countries, participating banks and further details are available on the Erasmus+ website.

North/South Postgraduate Scholarships
The aim of the North/South Scholarship scheme is to encourage outstanding students from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to cross the border to undertake postgraduate study and experience life in the other Irish jurisdiction.  Each year, Universities Ireland offers four scholarships, each worth €15,000. Strict eligibility rules apply. See the Universities Ireland website for details.

Charities and Trusts
Educational trusts, foundations and charities offer a measure of funding within specific criteria, eg based on subject areas, location and other criteria. The Postgraduate Funding database searches many of these sources. Other sources of information are available for reference in the Careers Information Area of the Student Guidance Centre.

Alternative sources
Findamasters run a Masters scholarship competition every year
Postgrad.com run a competition for bursaries to fund postgraduate study
There are some scholarships to study in the UK for students from Commonwealth countries and for UK students to study in other Commonwealth countries. You can find more information from the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Bank Loans
Professional and Career Development Loan is a fixed rate loans through selected banks for some further study courses. Unlike a Student Loan, repayments start on these loans as soon as the course ends, regardless of earnings.

Self-funding
Many students fund their further study either partly or wholly themselves through a combination of part-time work, savings, parental support etc. This option requires careful consideration before making any commitments.

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