Postgraduate and research

Postgraduate funding opportunities

You can find out if you are eligible and apply for a postgraduate scholarship.

Postgraduate taught courses

NTU Fee Reduction Scheme for current students

You will automatically receive a 10% reduction off your course fee if:

  • You are an existing NTU undergraduate student studying at the City site, Clifton campus or Brackenhurst campus.
  • You choose to study any of the full-time Master's courses within Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Law School or the School of Social Sciences.

How does the NTU Fee Reduction Scheme work?

  • You do not need to apply for the discount as it will automatically be deducted from your fee before enrolment.
  • You can also apply for a Master's scholarship, however the total maximum award will not exceed half the total course fee.
  • The scheme is not applicable to sponsored students (either partially or fully) and applies to 2014 entry only.
  • The scheme applies only to students who progress directly onto a Master's course (i.e. students who graduate in summer 2014 must start their Master's course in autumn 2014 to qualify for the progression discount).

Postgraduate funding opportunities by school

If you are considering or have already applied for a postgraduate programme with any of the below schools, you will be interested to know that there are a number of competitive scholarships available for UK / EU students. For further information and an application form please visit the relevant School website below:

International and EU Scholarships Scheme

We are pleased to offer a range of scholarships for international (non-EU) students beginning a full-time Master's course in September / October 2014. Please note that you can only be awarded one NTU scholarship. You may apply for more than one scholarship or you may be offered an alternative scholarship if you do not get your first choice.

We are also pleased to offer the scholarships for EU students holding offers to study with us in September/October 2014. For further information visit our website:

Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000.

Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you're studying. For more please call 0800 100 900 or visit the Direct Gov website.

Educational Trusts and Charities

The Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust's Postgraduate Bursaries are designed to provide support for eligible UK students undertaking any full-time postgraduate degree course. Funds are intended for students who are experiencing financial hardship. For further information regarding the Trust and for details regarding the eligibility criteria for these postgraduate bursaries visit the LeverhulmeTrade Charities Trust website.

There are further educational trusts and charities that make individual awards to students. Standard lists of these can be found in most public libraries. Useful publications include:

  • The Charities Digest
  • The Directory of Grant Making Trusts
  • The Educational Grants Directory
  • The Grants Register.

Explore other potential charitable funding.

Other funding opportunities

Apart from the sources already mentioned, postgraduate studies at NTU are also funded by a variety of external organisations including governmental agencies, charities and industry.

Further information about funding can also be found on the following websites:

Research funding opportunities

Funding for research projects may be available from the University and through external sources such as research councils, government agencies, charities and industry.

Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarships

Nottingham Trent University has an outstanding reputation for our commitment to research that shapes lives and society. As part of our continued pledge to invest in research excellence each year we offer a number of PhD Scholarships. Take a look at our Vice Chancellor's PhD Scholarships.

Research bursaries

In addition to this competition, many Schools within the University may offer their own bursaries for research students, either on a fees-only basis or with a tax free maintenance allowance.

AHRC funding for UK / EU Arts and Humanities research students

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five year period to excellent research students in the arts and humanities.

Research councils

Public funding for postgraduate students in the UK is mainly provided by Research Councils. Most research councils do not make awards directly to students, but instead to the University. Further information about how to access these opportunities is available from within your School.

Postgraduate students working together
Research in Van Geest lab