Funding is available to both research and taught postgraduates from a wide range of sources, both scholarships and loans. A lot of funding from charities and foundations has very specific eligibility criteria, such as family members having worked in a certain occupation. It is definitely worth exploring these smaller funders, as you may not be aware that you could qualify for bursaries.
Most research councils now fund research postgraduate study through block grants to universities, through schemes like Doctoral Training Accounts (DTGs) and Co-operative Awards in Science and Engineering (CASE awards), rather than directly to individual students. Speak to your supervisor or director of studies (or future supervisor or director of studies) about these.
It's definitely worth looking at the University's Postgraduate Funding page, which offers a good overview of available funding sources, both in the University and outside. There's more detail of specific funding opportunities on faculty funding pages (see below).
The main UK funders for research (and research study) are research councils, although research council funding is normally awarded through individual University departments.
This list is by no means exclusive - a wide range of charities, private trusts and foundations, public bodies and foreign governments offer funding. These funders often have very specific requirements, which may not apply to you or your research.
Study & Employment Opportunities
Please note: funding may be subject to application deadlines which may have already passed for this year.
Other Useful Links
- FindAMasters - information on Master's loans and funding from various sources, as well as their own Master's scholarships.
- International Master's Students - UK funding for international Master's students (FindAMasters)
- Postgraduate Loans - Master's loans from UK government, with UK/EEA and refugees potentially eligible.