Financial support for postgraduate courses

Cost is an important factor to consider if you’re thinking of continuing your studies. There are a number of sources of funding which can help you with the costs of studying for your postgraduate taught or research degree.

Some of this information only applies to UK and EU students. If you’re an international student, you may want to see our international fees and finance pages.

Support from UCA

  • Postgraduate Creative Scholarships 2018/19





    Selection Criteria

    Elfriede Windsor Scholarship

    MA Fine Art OR MA Ceramics


    UCA current students who will be progressing onto an MA in either Fine Art or Ceramics.

    Applications are welcome from both home and international students.

    Academic excellence / 2.1 or above anticipated

    Nick Jack Scholarship

    MA Fine Art at UCA Canterbury


    Applicants to MA Fine Art at UCA Canterbury.

    Applications are welcome from both home and international students.

    Academic excellence / financial need

    To apply for one of these scholarships, please download the application form and return it via email to:

    The deadline for applications is 1 August 2018.

    For further information about our scholarships, please email us:

  • Undergraduate to Postgraduate Fee Discount

    New for 2018 entry UCA is now offering all current final year students and graduates from up to three years ago a discount on their postgraduate degree course fees.

    For full-time courses outside of the Business School, students with a 1st or 2.1 will get a discount of £1,500 and students with a 2.2 will get a discount of £1,000.

    Full-time courses within the Business School, students with a 1st or 2.1 will get a discount of £2,000 and students with a 2.2 will get a discount of £1,500.

    Where applicable part-time students will get a pro rata discount for each year of their course up to the full-time discount.

    There is no need to apply for this discount, your fees will be discounted before enrolment.

    This discount is not available for students and alumni progressing to the MArch Architecture course

    If you are an international student please see the International Fees & Finance page for information about fee discount offers available to you.

    Find out more about fee discounts


  • Financial Assistance Fund

    The University has a Financial Assistance Fund which can support you if you’re experiencing financial difficulties beyond your control and you can demonstrate a clear financial need. The fund is open to all full and part-time home (UK) students on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. You'll be expected to have applied for all student funding available to you, for example the student maintenance loan and tuition fee loan or the postgraduate loan. You’re also expected to have taken advantage of any alternative sources of funding available to you including an interest free overdraft. For further information please contact your campus Specialist Adviser 

    Apply for the fund

    Read the policy information for the fund

  • PhD Fee Bursary

    We are offering a number of fee bursary awards to suitably qualified applicants to undertake research through applied arts and crafts; design; still and moving image including animation; and critical fine art practices and architecture; from both a subject specific perspective or with a cross-disciplinary orientation by either creative practice and thesis, or thesis only.

    Find out more and how to apply

Other sources of funding

Postgraduate Loans from the Student Loans Company

Students from the UK starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2017 will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan through Student Finance England.

Professional and career-development loan

This is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. We are a professional and career-development loans registered learning provider – registration number 01-1927.

If you have secured a loan and part of it is to be paid directly to us towards your tuition fees, please email a copy of the agreement to so that we can note this information on your account and ensure we can set up a payment plan that matches the loan payments.  

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The AHRC offers funding opportunities for various disciplines and projects.


Postgrad Solutions study bursary

Postgrad Solutions offer bursaries of £500 for postgraduate courses. offers a total of £12,000 in scholarships every year to UK or EU students starting a postgraduate course.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is all about alternative sources of funding - especially charities - which can make awards (fees, maintenance, research costs) to any student regardless of subject, or nationality.

The Alternative Guide Online contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application. UCA has purchased a licence to the Guide, and so it’s free for all UCA students and staff to use!

If you are a prospective student who has applied to the university, please email to get an access PIN

Login to The Alternative Guide Online

More information

For a lot more useful information, check out the Alternative guide to postgraduate funding and The ultimate postgraduate student funding guide.

And you can speak to our on-campus specialist advisers for guidance on external funding opportunities. They can also give advice on general finance and money matters and direct you to a variety of specialist resources to help you deal with practical issues and personal problems.