Funding and Application advice for Masters students

Welcome to this Funding and Application advice session for Masters students with the Postgraduate Recruitment Team. During this online chat event you can get advice from the postgraduate recruitment team on making an application.

We are happy to answer questions on all aspects of postgraduate study, which might include:

  • The different postgraduate taught courses offered by the University of Birmingham
  • Seeking sources of funding
  • Finding a supervisor
  • Writing a research proposal

Master’s Loans

You can borrow up to £10,906 to help fund your Masters degree for 2019/20 study. The money is not means-tested, and you can choose what to spend it on as it will be paid directly to your bank account. There are certain eligibility requirements, please visit this webpage for more information.

Find out more about this opportunity by watching the videos and by participating in the live Q&A. Members of the Postgraduate Recruitment team will be available 14:00-15:00 to answer any questions you might have.

PG funding database

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  • Lindsay Smith

    Lindsay is our Postgraduate Recruitment Manager (UK). (Live Q&A 14:00-15:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Funding and Application advice for Masters students live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these online chat events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Saturday 23 November 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Daniel asked:

Hi Rose! Thank you for your answer (sorry it sent before I could add my name). I would like to start this year. Is it still possible? Do I have to apply for a specific supervisor, or do they randomly assign me one?

Rose replied:

Hi Daniel – no worries at all!

You are still able to apply to start in September this year, however I would encourage you to get your application in promptly, as our admissions team may take up to 8 weeks to process your application, and you need to allow time for all your documents etc. to be checked!

For taught masters, you will typically work with the department to find an appropriate supervisor to help you with your project once you have started the course. If you wanted to double check you could contact the course directly on

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Dr Ramsha asked:

Financial constraints are too much,as all payments will be in Sterling Pounds, all scholarships are closed,if I coulnt get any additional funding opportunity how could I afford that tuition fee then by during my whole study period

Lindsay Smith replied:

Hello Dr Ramsha!

Thank you for your question.

This webpage may be useful to you when considering funding – click here

Hope that helps,


DR Ramsha Akhtar asked:

Hi Lindsay,I am a Pakistani national(Dr Ramsha Akhtar)and applied for 1 year MSc full time course in Dental Material Sciences,being an oversea student,fee and course funding is a huge concern for me, I have searched for the scholarships ,but there deadlines has been over what else opportunities I could get there to afford my large amount tuition fee there.Please help me in this regard

Rose replied:

Hi! Thanks for your question.

Have you applied for 2019 entry? Unfortunately a lot of our scholarships do have a deadline in the Spring term, so funding options do now become a lot more limited. If you are planning on starting in September but require funding in order to undertake the course, you could consider deferring your application for 2020 entry and applying for funding next year. Sadly there are now limited scholarships open, however it is still worth searching on our website and on to see if there are any other pots of funding you could apply to.

I hope that helps!

Anonymous asked:

I want to apply for a masters in Musicology, but I will not be able to do it without funding assistance. Should I still apply then or do I need to sort the finances out first? I am not a European national so can you perhaps guide me to where I can look for funding?

Rose replied:

Hi! When are you hoping to start the course?

I would recommend starting your application as soon as possible, but also beginning your search for funding as early as possible. For Masters courses, funding options often close in the Spring before the course starts in September, so you need to be quite organised. The best place to look is our funding database where we advertised a range of scholarships. This is regularly updated so it’s good to keep checking this!

Typically you are able to defer your course, so if you were unsuccessful in securing funding, you could always defer and apply for funding for the following year.

I hope that helps!