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Postgraduate funding – Bath Spa University

Funding for postgraduate students

How to fund your postgraduate course, and additional funding that’s available.

Postgraduate studies are a big investment. Bath Spa University has a wide range of funding possibilities to explore.

Your guide to student finance

This booklet will help you understand the financial support available to you whilst at university. It covers everything from important dates, Bath Spa funding and some top tips.

Funding for UK students

Postgraduate loans for Master's degrees

A Postgraduate Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study. For information on how to apply and you student finance entitlement, please visit:

The loan is not means tested and is paid directly into your bank account in three instalments during the academic year. 

If you study part-time, you can be considered for a loan provided your study is no more than twice the length of the equivalent full-time course (up to a maximum of four years).

Funding for PGCE students

You can get student finance for the following postgraduate teacher training courses:

  • Initial Teacher Training (ITT) - not including early years
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

If you study part-time, the Initial Teacher Training course needs to be at least 25% intensity in order for students to be eligible for a part-time loan for tuition fees and maintenance. 

If you'd like to find out more about available funding, please visit our PGCE funding webpages. 

Bath Spa University Access Fund

The University Access Fund provides limited discretionary financial support for students who are experiencing financial difficulty and are unable to meet basic or unexpected additional costs from other sources of support.

The fund can also offer limited support to students who have experienced a change in financial circumstances due to unforeseen events.

Scholarships

Bath Spa University offers a range of scholarship opportunities to help you fund your postgraduate study with us.

More information on Scholarships is available on our webpages.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a searchable database of funding from the voluntary sector which is available to Bath Spa students.

To use this resource, choose option 1 to ‘register for a username and password’ using your Bath Spa email address.

Funding for international students

Financial aid for US students

Bath Spa University is eligible to certify loan applications for William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans (Direct Loans) including Direct subsidized loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, Parent PLUS loans and Graduate PLUS loans.

The Bath Spa University school code is: G35333.

More information about US Federal Direct Loans is available on the Federal Student Aid website via the following link www.ed.gov.

For information on Federal Aid, fee payments and general financial information, please see the US federal loans webpage.

US private loans

The only private loan currently available to students at foreign schools is the Sallie Mae Student Loan.

Please review the Direct Lending programme before you progress with a private loan as this may be a more favourable option

For information on private loans, fee payments and general financial information, please see the US private loans webpage.

Veterans Affairs Benefits

Bath Spa University participates in the US Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits Program and is approved to process Veterans Affairs Benefits under various GI Bill programmes.

The University is unable to process Yellow Ribbon Benefits Programme. 

US Veterans or their dependants can use funding to contribute towards tuition fees and living expenses whilst studying at Bath Spa University.

Bath Spa University will need to confirm your attendance before your benefits will be released. This confirmation is sent via VA 22-1999 form.

For information on Veterans Affairs Benefits, fee payments and general financial information, please see the Veterans Affairs Benefits webpages.

Loans for Canadian students

The Government of Canada offers full and part-time loans to students with demonstrated financial need in all provinces and territories across Canada, with the exception of Quebec, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The purpose of a Canadian Student Loan is to supplement, not replace, the financial resources that you (and your family, where applicable) are expected to contribute.

For information on Canadian Loans, fee payments and general financial information, please see our funding for Canadian students webpage.

Scholarships

Bath Spa University offers a range of scholarship opportunities for high-achieving international students who would gain from studying in the UK. The scholarship programme includes opportunities at undergraduate level. 

For information on Scholarships, please see the Scholarships webpages.

Living Costs

Living costs, sometimes called maintenance, includes; accommodation, food, clothing, books, entertainment and travel in the UK. As per UK Visas and Immigration, estimated living costs for an international student on a degree course are estimated to be £9,135 per 9-month academic year (£1,015 per month), or £12,180 for a full year. These figures are approximate and vary with different lifestyles.

For help with budgeting, the UK Council of International Students support the International Student Calculator.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a searchable database of funding from the voluntary sector which is available to Bath Spa students.

To use this resource, choose option 1 to ‘register for a username and password’ using your Bath Spa email address.

Postgraduate research funding opportunities

South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWWDTP) funding opportunities

Each academic year, the SWWDTP funds places for doctoral students across the arts and humanities. Funding consists of a full fee waiver, and a stipend paid at UKRI rates current for the respective year.

Students may choose a 'primary' institution and a 'secondary' institution for their supervision, with the 'primary' institution being their 'home'. They will have access to the resources of both institutions, and a dedicated suite of provision directly from the SWW DTP Hub itself - including events, training opportunities, placement opportunities and more.

Applications for funding open on 30 November 2021 and close on 24 January 2022. See the SWWDTP website for further information. Please check the SWWDTP website for eligibility. If you need additional assistance, you are welcome to contact the Graduate College at pgradmissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Doctoral loans - UK government

As of August 2018, loans are now available from the UK government for those wishing to undertake doctoral research – further information can be found on the UK government website.

FindAPhD

A large online database of funding opportunities, FindAPhD is a helpful tool for those looking to fund their Postgraduate Research Degree.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a web resource for current and prospective postgraduate students (any subject, any nationality) who are looking to fund PhD, Masters and PGCE study in the UK through grants from charities, trusts and foundations.

jobs.ac.uk

Jobs.ac.uk is an online searchable portal, showing hundreds of funded PhD opportunities from across the UK.

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