Scholarships and funding

The College of Arts and Law is a vibrant community of students and academics, dedicated to ensuring that excellence is rewarded, and that fears about finance do not constrain current or prospective students. For this reason, in addition to University funding schemes, we offer our own College-specific funding initiatives. 

Open awards


Global Masters Scholarships

The University of Birmingham is offering £2,000 scholarships for international students studying with us in September 2023. This award is available to all international students from a selection of countries who are seeking to study a taught Masters degree at Birmingham in the 2023/24 academic year.  
Find out more about Global Masters Scholarships


University of Birmingham Postgraduate Progression Award: fee discounts for Final Year students

Our Postgraduate Progression Awards – offering final year undergraduates studying at the University of Birmingham a fee discount of £1,500 for postgraduate study – are our commitment to you as a Birmingham graduate in appreciation of your choice to stay with us for your postgraduate degree. We want to ensure that, as a Birmingham graduate, you have the support needed to continue studying and developing your career. With the familiarity of the University of Birmingham you will continue to have access to our resources, facilities, and support networks to continue your studies and shape your future. 

The deadline for applications is Thursday 31 August 2023, 23:59 (GMT).  
Find out more about Birmingham Postgraduate Progression Awards  

AI and Data Science Conversion Masters Scholarships

The University of Birmingham is offering AI and Data Science Conversion Masters Scholarships in 2023/24 for 7 Masters programmes, including the MSc Responsible Data Science, to upskill students from non-STEM and far-STEM degrees and progress into the AI and Data Science workforce.

This will include 120 students from under-represented groups, particularly women, Black and disabled students and those from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, who will each be supported by a £10,000 scholarship.  Scholarship funding will be prioritised for women, Black students, disabled students and those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, to ensure that AI reflects the makeup of our society.

The deadline for applying is Thursday 31 August 2023. 
Find out more about the AI and Data Science Conversion Masters Scholarships

Postgraduate loans 

These government-backed student loans provide up to £11,836 for taught and research Masters courses and up to £27,892 for postgraduate doctoral courses in all subject areas, including programmes delivered on campus or by distance learning. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information can be found on the UK government website

Financial aid for American students

The University of Birmingham is approved by the US Department of Education to offer the William D Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme, enabling eligible American students to access financial support.
Find out about the loans available, whether you are eligible and how to apply.

Additional funding opportunities

Other funding opportunities may be available to prospective postgraduate students throughout the year. For details of all funding opportunities that may be available to you, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

Closed awards

Applications to the scholarships below are now closed. These pages are provided for guidance only, prior to the next round of funding being announced, if available:

Funding for current students

We offer our current postgraduate students the following funding opportunities for new activity or to enhance existing activity: