Funding your study

Students discuss funding options with university brochures

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.

See careers and employers for 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 Only


  • From January 2018, UK and EU residents of the Global MBA will receive a fee bursary worth 20 per cent for new registrations.


  • The Aga Khan Foundation [external link] provides postgraduate scholarships to outstanding students from developing countries with no other means of financing their studies.
  • Human Rights: The new SAS Activist Scholar Bursary offers two tuition-fee studentships worth 50% for the MA Understanding and Securing Human Rights. Open to all nationalities.
  • 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: new registrants who are members of the Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance & Protection (PHAP) can 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 Epidemiology and Public 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.


  • 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.
  • NGOs.
  • 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.