Funding your study
There are a variety of funding sources available, dependent on your nationality, employment and other factors.
Sponsorship from your employer
Many students receive financial support from their employers. As a distance learner, you can continue to work while you study, and your employer benefits from your development.
Our employers section contains further guidance about employer sponsorship.
Other sources of funding
Competition for sponsorships and educational awards is extremely high. We recommend that you investigate these options and apply for the course early. Occasionally, holding an offer to study the course can benefit a funding application.
Course information pages provide information on scholarships for particular courses. Some of these are listed below:
- UK undergraduate students may be eligible for a part-time tuition fee loan.
- Postgraduate students in England may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate loan.
- Sir John Cass's Foundation Scholarships provide opportunities for young people living in London to study for a University of London undergraduate degree by distance learning.
- The Aga Khan Foundation [external link] provides postgraduate scholarships to outstanding students from developing countries with no other means of financing their studies.
- Postgraduate Laws (LLM): Canon Collins offers scholarships to nationals of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia or Zimbabwe.
- Refugee Protection: the Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship is for students with an offer to study for an MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies.
- Refugee Protection: the Sadako Ogata Scholarship is for students from low- and middle-income countries to study for an MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies.
- Refugee Protection: members of the Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance & Protection (PHAP) receive a bursary of 10% on all fees for this MA programme.
- Postgraduate Health: the Said Foundation [external link] offers funding opportunities to Syrian, Lebanese, Jordanian or Palestinian nationals ordinarily resident in these countries.
- Veterinary Health: Royal Veterinary College staff members and on-campus alumni receive a bursary of 20% on fees (except resits) for the College's two distance-learning programmes.
- Veterinary Health: Commonwealth Scholarships are open to nationals of developing Commonwealth countries and usually available in the first half of every year.
- United Nations (UNESCO, FAO, UNDP, UNEP etc).
- Bilateral Aid Agencies (SIDA, GTZ, etc).
- European Union.
- British Council.
- UK Department for International Development / Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
- Educational and other charitable trusts.
- Activia Training has an annual scholarship fund of £1,000 (awarded competitively) for students who submit videos or essays. All competitors and submissions must meet the eligibility criteria.