Fund your studies
Finance your studies with scholarships and funding opportunities.
There are many options to receive financial support whilst studying and you may be eligible for scholarships, bursaries, grants, student loans, or wish to work whilst being a student. It is recommended to research how you will make an income and support yourself financially ahead of starting University.
Scottish students: SAAS (Student Awards Agency Scotland)
If you live in Scotland and choose to study full-time at a Scottish university or college, you will not have to pay tuition fees. However, you will need to apply to SAAS to have your tuition fees paid for you, as this is not automatic.
SAAS, or your local student finance body, will send the information needed to the Student Loans Company (SLC) if you are eligible for a loan.
SAAS-funded students are paid monthly. You will be sent a payment schedule letter telling you the date and amount of each installment.
Students from the rest of the UK
You should apply for student funding as early as possible and there are different options depending on where you live in the UK.
Depending on your country of residence and your programme of study, you may be eligible for student loans
You may be eligible for a bursary, scholarships, and other funding opportunities. In order to find funding, please use the Scholarship Search tool when applying and getting ready to start University.
There is a range of funding specifically for undergraduate students available through the University.
For postgraduate students, although there may be funding available through the University for your degree, you can also access financial support from a range of sources.
Working while studying is a great way to earn a little extra money, learn new skills, and take time out of University to meet others. However, you should only take on work that will not interfere with your academic priorities.
If you are a full-time student the University recommends you do not work more than 15 hours per week.
The University will not employ full-time postgraduate research students for more than an average of 9 hours per week across the academic year and recommends that postgraduate research students apply this limit to employment outside the University. PhD students should discuss any proposed employment within the University or with any other employer with their principal supervisor.
It may be challenging to find part-time work, especially for a short period of time. The Careers Service regularly advertises hundreds of part-time jobs throughout the year.
Careers Service Video Guides
The Careers Service have put together some short video guides providing a really useful overview of the service and how you can make the most of what's on offer. Click on the links below to watch the videos most relevant for you.
Most international students who are studying in the UK for a year or more are eligible to work part-time. You may have restrictions on how much work you can do; you should check your visa to see what your individual situation is.
The Student Immigration Service offers clear and detailed advice on working during your studies, including information about:
- the type of work Tier 4 visa holders are allowed to do, and not allowed to do
- the number of hours Tier 4 visa holders can work
Watch our short 'How to...' video on funding for UK undergraduate students
This video will cover the government funding available from the national governments of the UK, and the scholarships and other funding opportunities you might be entitled to if you are an undergraduate student from the UK.
- Video: How to... Funding for UK Students (UG)
- This video will cover the government funding available to UK undergraduate students from the national governments of the UK, and the scholarships and other funding opportunities students might be entitled to. This video is part of the 'How to...' 2023 series.
Financial support when you start
The University has a number of funds available for current students to apply to if you find yourself in financial difficulty during your studies
You should also speak to support staff in your School about any financial strains that could affect your studies.