Funding and Finance, Postgraduate life, Student Profiles

Postgraduate advice on funding

Funding is likely to be one of your key considerations when deciding to study a postgraduate course. As your personal situation is unique when searching for funding, on this post you can find advice from some of our current postgraduate students.

Mathematics

Ben, MSc Operational Research, Applied Statistics and Financial Risk

“With regards to finding your own funding, the first step I would recommend is looking at the unversity website. You will often find university-wide scholarships available, just like the Master’s Excellence Scholarships.  You will find the eligibility requirements details and how to apply.
Secondly, I would recommend looking at the website for your chosen school and speaking to members of staff there, because they will often know of external funding opportunities from councils and organisations related to your chosen area of study. For example, I am in the School of Mathematics, and through speaking to staff I found out about the OR Society’s grant, one that is very large – it can provide a student with up to £10,000.
There will often be opportunities like this from such societies and since staff in the department will be enthusiastic for you to join, they’ll very likely recommend such opportunities. If there aren’t said opportunities immediately available, you can use websites such as http://www.scholarship-search.org.uk/ or http://www.postgraduate-funding.com/ in order to find them in a different way”

Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Charles, MA International Public Relations and Global Communication Management

“The advice I would give to prospective students is to be proactive. There are fantastic funding opportunities out there, from charities to government bodies. In terms of applying for funding, be honest and proud of your achievements. There will be ongoing opportunities for financial support, so do not assume you have missed the opportunity for some form of support.
My final advice to people applying for postgraduate study would be to consider the costs of the year in advance and prepare appropriately. Set a concrete budget for housing, tuition and living costs etc. Budgeting has helped me to use my resources well, and is a good exercise to practise in general! It is no secret that going to university isn’t cheap, but it is a good investment in yourself that will pay off in the long run”

Geography and Planning

Laurie

“I am receiving a loan of around £10,000 from Student Finance England in three payments over the year. I am using this to cover my tuition fees and living costs, with some help from savings and some occasional work through the Students Union Jobshop.
The Masters Excellence Scholarship obviously has also been a big help in reducing my tuition fees significantly. I would say check out the Cardiff website for opportunities such as the Masters Excellence Scholarship and make sure you put effort into making a good application and getting it in on time. If you feel you need a bit of extra cash but don’t feel you have enough time for a proper part time job the Jobshop is really great because there are lots of work opportunities and you can sign up for as much or as little as you feel is feasible”