Postgraduate scholarships and financial support

Learn more about financial support for your postgraduate studies.


There are a number of scholarships available to postgraduate students:

Surrey MBA Scholarships

Surrey Business School offers a number of scholarships for talented applicants applying to study the Surrey MBA. Find out more.

Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship

Scholarship description

The Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship provides financial assistance for one postgraduate student per year for a period of 12 weeks, to free them from other forms of employment and assist them to concentrate solely on the task of writing their thesis.

The scholarship is available to postgraduate students of UK universities which have the Editex scholarship listed in their scholarship pages.

For students who do not hold another scholarship, the Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship pays a stipend of £333.33 per fortnight for six fortnights (£2,000 in total).

For students who do hold another scholarship, the Editex Thesis Write-up Scholarship pays a stipend of: £200 per fortnight for six fortnights (£1,200 in total)


Students must be enrolled full time in a research degree (Masters or PhD).

Part-time students are eligible to apply for the scholarship only in circumstances where the applicant is able to demonstrate heavy carer commitments or a medical condition that precludes them from studying full time.

Students may be either internal or external students. Both international and domestic students are eligible to apply. (Any stipend award for international students will be subject to confirmation of a full fee scholarship for the corresponding period.)

Students who hold another scholarship may apply, but will receive the lower amount as outlined above.

The student must not engage in any forms of paid employment for the duration of the scholarship (unless Editex is notified of any special circumstances that would prohibit this at the time of application).

The student must work on writing their thesis full time (a minimum of 35 hours per week) for the duration of the scholarship (i.e. they must have completed the research stage). Employees of Editex and their family members are not eligible for the scholarship.

Application process

  • Applications will open on 1 July and close on 30 November each year
  • The scholarship will be awarded prior to 31 December

The successful applicant can specify a start date for the scholarship that is any time within the following 12 months.

The application form must be completed online. Applications cannot be accepted by email or post. Editex will assess each application based on the academic merit of the research being undertaken and the financial situation of the student.

The successful applicant will be chosen at the sole discretion of Editex.

Read the full scholarship description on the Editex website.

Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence

Scholarship description

For all (with the exception of MBA) postgraduate taught courses starting in September 2017 within the Surrey Business School, the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the School of Law, we are offering all applicants who hold a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent the opportunity to be awarded between £2,000 and £4,000 through the Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence Scheme. 

Application process

There is no formal application for this scholarship.  All eligible offer holders that comply with the above mentioned criteria will be considered, and all qualifying offer holders will be notified by email. To secure the offer, applicants must accept their offer to study within the permitted timeframe and confirm their wish to study by paying the required deposit in advance of the deadline.

Find out more or view the Surrey International Scholarship for Excellence flyer (PDF). 

Surrey International Scholarship for Engineering and Physical Sciences

Scholarship description

The University of Surrey is offering scholarships to eligible postgraduate applicants applying for postgraduate taught engineering and physical sciences courses. Find out more.

SEPnet PhD Scholarships: PhD Grand Challenges

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Performance scholarships

The University of Surrey offer up to 12 sports scholarships to athletes of exceptional ability. Find out more.

Postgraduate loans

For students starting certain postgraduate Masters programmes in 2017/18 (on or after the 1 August 2017), the UK Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student. The loan is non-means tested.

This is a contribution towards the costs of study and eligible students will have the discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance and other associated costs of study.

To be eligible students will need to meet a number of eligibility criteria including:


UK and EU nationals will need to meet certain residency criteria as assessed by Student Finance England (SFE) to be eligible. More detailed information will be made available here shortly.


Students will need to be aged under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of the programme. For assessment purposes these dates are 1 September, 1 January, 1 April and 1 July.

For example, where a student starts a programme on any date from August to December 2017 inclusive, the first day of the academic year is 1 September. The applicant must be aged under 60 on that day.

Programme of study

  • Eligible Masters programmes may be taught or research based – for example, MA, MSc, MBA, MRes (on entry), LLM and MFA
  • There are no subject restrictions
  • PhDs and programmes that are currently funded by the undergraduate support scheme – for example integrated masters (MEng/MPhys/MChem/MMath) – are not supported by this scheme.
  • PgCerts and PgDips are not supported by this scheme
  • One- or two-year full-time courses are eligible for support
  • Part-time courses are also eligible and are subject to a minimum of 50 per cent intensity in the first year of study and an average of 50 per cent intensity over the whole course
  • At present the information received means that students on a modular, self-paced, Masters programme will not be eligible for this scheme
  • The programme may have an overseas element, but this cannot exceed 50 per cent of the total programme of study
  • Distance learning programmes are also permissible (and are subject to a minimum of 50 per cent intensity in the first year of study and an average of 50 per cent intensity over the whole course, but the applicant will need to reside in England whilst undertaking the programme (this is also subject to the personal eligibility which includes meeting certain residency requirements to be eligible for support)
  • Students who are seen to be studying for an equivalent or lower level qualification will not be eligible for this scheme (for example, if you already hold a Masters or a higher qualification and are looking to undertake a Masters qualification, you would not be eligible for this scheme – please note this applies even if the qualification was entirely self-funded and/or achieved outside of the UK)


Eligible students will need to have fully completed registration with the University (which includes part payment of tuition fees) before they receive the first payment of their loan.

There is no minimum amount that you have to request but, if you change your mind and would like to increase the amount of loan you have asked for, you must do this at least one month prior to the end of the academic year.

You cannot ask for less than you have been paid, or for more than the maximum amount.

The loan is paid over the first two years of your programme of study and the date of these instalments for both full-time, part-time and distance-learning students will depend on the duration of your programme.

If your programme of study is seen as greater than one academic year's duration you will receive your loan over two years. For example, if they have elected to borrow the maximum amount (£10,000), eligible students will receive £5,000 per academic year, paid in three instalments each year.

Eligible students who are seen to be on programmes of one academic year's duration, and who have elected to borrow the maximum amount of the loan, will receive £10,000 paid in three instalments across that academic year.

If your programme is longer than two years' duration, you will not receive any funding after the second year of the programme, even if you did not ask for the maximum amount of loan in the previous academic years.

Payments will be made in three instalments per academic year:

  • Payment one: programme start date, as advised by the university
  • Payment two: four months after the programme start month (on the last Wednesday of the month)
  • Payment three: seven months after the programme start month (on the last Wednesday of the month)

There are specific rules around students who transfer or repeat study and how this affects eligibility. For further information, please contact

If you have been accepted for the postgraduate loan, and are having difficulties in paying your fees before your first instalment is due, please contact our student finance team:, once you are in receipt of a tuition fee invoice.


You will not be required to make a repayment until 6 April in the year following that in which the programme is completed (or following withdrawal, where this applies).

Note that payments made through HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) will not start before the 6 April 2019; however, voluntary payments can be made, without penalty, before this date.

Postgraduate loans will be repaid using a percentage of your income. The UK payment threshold in tax year 2019/20 will be £21,000 per annum – this equates to an equivalent monthly threshold of £1,750.

Repayments from overseas will have a threshold applied which is based on the costs of living in the applicable country of residence and will be made directly to the Student Loan Company.

The repayment amount will be 6 per cent of income above the relevant threshold. Repayments will be made concurrently with any other student loan repayments due, under the arrangements in place for the repayments of that loan.

The balance of any outstanding postgraduate loan under this scheme will be written off on the 30th anniversary of the date on which the loan becomes due for repayment.

If a loan holder becomes permanently unfit for work and there are no outstanding arrears, or if the loan holder passes away, the loan will be written off at that time.

Apply online

The quickest and easiest way ao apply is through the Government's postgraduate loans website.


Discounts for Surrey graduates

If you are a fully self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you will be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees.

This scheme is applicable to 2017 postgraduate taught entry students.

Students graduating in the summer of 2017 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII DUFE are eligible for this scheme.

Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

This scheme will be reviewed annually.

For eligible students, the required pre-payment (deposit) of tuition fees due for 2017/18 will have to be paid in order to enrol on your programme, as previously detailed to you by the admissions team, then the ten per cent discount (based on the full fee amount for 2017/18) is deducted from the remaining balance.

This means the tuition fee invoice, which will be emailed to your University email account sometime during October/November 2017, will reflect the actual balance due.

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Fees and Funding team


Studentships from research councils

Full details of the studentships offered by the research councils are given in their handbooks, which you can obtain by contacting them directly or on their respective websites:

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The University is part of the AHRC funded TECHNE (in conjunction with Royal Holloway, Brighton University, Kingston University, Roehampton University, Royal College of Art, University of Surrey, University of the Arts London).

Studentships are available in a number of arts and humanities disciplines. 

Get more information on TECHNE opportunities at Surrey.

Deadlines will usually be in January/February. Candidates must not apply directly to the AHRC.

Further information is available from the AHRC website or from:

Polaris House
North Star Avenue

Biotechnology and Biomedical and Life Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

The Biotechnology and Biomedical and Life Sciences Research Council offers postgraduate research awards through faculties/departments by quota allocation and through special projects which the Council identifies as being of high priority within its fields of research.

Applications should be made through the faculty or department in which the proposed research is to be undertaken. The closing date for applications is 31 July each year. 

Further information is available from the BBSRC website or from:

Polaris House
North Star Avenue
SN2 1UH 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has now ceased administering its own new awards and instead allocates funds to institutions for them to administer.

Please contact the relevant faculty or department for advice. 

Further information is available in the EPSRC Guide to Postgraduate Training, available from:

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Postgraduate Training Support Section
Polaris House
North Star Avenue

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The University is part of the SeNSS (South East Network for Social Sciences) Doctoral Training Partnership accredited by the ESRC. SeNSS is a consortium of ten leading UK universities engaged in cutting-edge social science research and training. SeNSS offers a world-class inter-disciplinary PhD research and training environment and is committed to supporting its internationally recognised researchers and to producing the next generation of talented social scientists.

Studentships are available in a number of social science disciplines. Details of studentship opportunities can be found on the SeNSS website or the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website.

Deadlines will usually be in December/January/February for the following October start. Candidates must not apply directly to the ESRC.

Further information on ESRC DTPs is available from the ESRC website.

Medical Research Council (MRC)

The Medical Research Council offers postgraduate awards for research or advanced courses within the medical and dental fields. Enquiries should be made to the relevant faculty or department. 

Further information is available in the publication entitled Medical Research Council Research and Training Opportunities, available from:

Medical Research Council
20 Park Crescent

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

The Natural Environment Research Council offers postgraduate awards for research or advanced courses in the subject area of the scientific aspects of the natural environment.

Applications should be made through the relevant faculty or department, not directly to the NERC. The closing date for applications is 31 July each year.

Further information is available in the publication entitled NERC Training Awards, available from:

Natural Environment Research Council
Polaris House
North Star Avenue

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The Science and Technology Facilities Council offers awards for research on a quota allocation basis, some of which are available in collaboration with industry.

Applications should be made through the relevant faculty or department, not directly to the STFC. The closing date is 31 July each year. 

Further information is available in the STFC Postgraduate Studentships Handbook, available from:

Science and Technology Facilities Council
Polaris House
North Star Avenue


Studentships and financial support for research students

The University offers a number of studentships and financial support:

Research studentships

Various firms and external organisations cooperate with faculties and departments of the University by sponsoring research and awarding research studentships to suitably qualified students.

Faculties and departments will be able to advise on the availability of the studentships. 

Other sources of financial support 

The following publications provide information on other sources of financial support available: 

  • The Grants Register, published by Macmillan Press
  • Directory of Grant-Making Trusts, published by the Charities Aid Foundation
  • Educational Grants Directory, Directory of Social Change, published by The British Council Education Information Service
  • Guide to the Major Grant Making Trusts: Directory of Social Change, published by The British Council Education Information Service
  • The Awards Almanac, published by Longman
  • Postgraduate Study and Research, published by the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)

Fully-funded PhD studentships

50 fully-funded PhD studentships are available across a range of science and engineering disciplines within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

These studentships are the opportunity to study at a world-leading institution with state-of-the-art facilities. In addition, there are further opportunities through our Doctoral Training Centres and strategic partnerships with the National Physical Laboratory and other organisations.

Outstanding scholars are invited to apply for funding across a wide range of disciplines, covering electronics and electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, engineering (civil, chemical, mechanical, aerospace, environmental), computing and mathematics.

Successful applicants will receive payment to cover their University tuition fees for up to three years, along with a maintenance grant (currently set at £14,057, in line with UK research councils).

To be eligible for funding, applicants must:

  • Be a UK/EU or international fee paying applicant
  • Have achieved a minimum of a least an upper second class (2:1) honours degree
  • Have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent) if a non-native English speaker
  • Not have already been awarded or currently be studying for a doctoral degree
  • Have submitted a research degree application form and had application accepted subject to funding

For exceptional candidates who are non UK/EU there are also opportunities for fees only funding or a limited number of scholarships which that can cover the international tuition fees.

Explore a list of the research themes available within the Faculty, or complete the online application form, indicating your research areas of interest.

The deadline for the first round of studentship applications will be 31 January 2016.


Financial support for overseas students

Please contact the following organisations for details of the awards available for overseas students:

British Council awards 

British Council awards and scholarships are available to certain overseas students to pursue postgraduate study.

Details of the award scheme should be obtained from the British Council representative, British Embassy or British High Commission in the candidate’s own country.

Explore the British Council website for more information.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office awards

Awards varying in value are offered to overseas students through a number of different schemes. There are special schemes for students from certain overseas countries.

Further details are available from British missions in the candidate's own country.

Science without Borders

The University of Surrey is taking part in the Brazilian Government’s Ciência sem Fronteiras (CsF) programme. Places are available for postgraduate students but is only available to students in Brazil.

Please contact Louise Lawton in the University’s International Relations Office if you have any questions about the programme.

Other sources of information

Further information on postgraduate study in the UK is available in the following publications:

  • Awards for Postgraduate Study at Commonwealth Universities, published by the Association of Commonwealth Universities
  • Study Abroad, published by UNESCO
  • Higher Education in the European Community: A Handbook for Students, published by the Commission of the European Community
  • Sources of Financial Assistance for Overseas Students, a leaflet published by the British Council as a reference guide 


Career development loans

A professional and career development loan offers financial assistance while you improve your prospects.

Career development loans are available directly via Barclays Bank and the Co-operative Bank.


University of Surrey Asylum Seeker Bursary 2017/18

The University of Surrey is pleased to be offering financial support to those seeking sanctuary in the UK. This award has been developed to provide asylum seeking students with greater access routes to the University.

For 2017/18 tuition fee and maintenance support is available for one undergraduate student and one postgraduate taught student who are asylum seekers or who hold Discretionary Leave to Remain.

Download the guidance notes and application form (PDF).


Tuition Fee Policy

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Payment of fees

Fees are payable for each academic year, or part thereof, or each stage of the programme, where fees are not payable on an annual basis. Fees are revised (that is, increased) subject to annual review. Fees are payable by students continuing on programmes of study in subsequent years.

The University reserves the right to cancel the registration of a student who has not paid the requisite annual composition fees, or who owes the University any sums of money whatsoever. In the event of a student failing, for any reason, to complete a programme of study, the University shall not be under any obligation to return any part of the fees paid by, or on behalf of, the student.

Certain programmes may require additional expenditure for special equipment, field courses, study periods overseas, and so on. Modest charges are made by some faculties or departments for supplementary materials or services, for example, photocopied handouts. Details of such expenses may be obtained from the appropriate faculty or department.

Some postgraduate research degree programmes charge a Research Support Fee (also known as a bench fee) in addition to the tuition fee.

The Research Support Fee is charged to cover additional costs incurred by the academic department to support your research, such as consumables, materials, additional specialist training and trips. These costs are not covered by the tuition fee.

The Research Support Fee is calculated on a case-by-case basis depending on the nature of the research project and is independent from the tuition fee status of the student.

If you are made an offer of admission to the University of Surrey, you will be notified of any Research Support Fee applicable in your offer letter.

Students or sponsors should contact the academic supervisor directly for information on the specific breakdown of what their Research Support Fee covers.

Postgraduate Taught UK/EU students

If you have been accepted for the Postgraduate loan, and are having difficulties in paying your fees before your first instalment is due, please contact our student finance team:, once you are in receipt of a tuition fee invoice.

Classification of students

For some programmes of study, the University charges different fees, depending on a student’s status as a ‘home’ or ‘overseas’ student.

The classification of students for fees purposes is based on the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007. Further information on eligibility criteria and general guidance on fees classification is available from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

In very general terms, in order to qualify as ‘home’ for fees purposes, a student must have a relevant connection with the UK, or qualify as an ‘excepted candidate’ under these regulations, for example, as a national of an EU member state. 

If you wish to enquire further about your own classification, please email the University's admissions team.

Continuing fees

Research students

A postgraduate research student who has carried out the required minimum period of registration (for the purpose of being eligible to transfer to continuing status), as prescribed in the appropriate regulations, to the satisfaction of their supervisor(s) and head of faculty, who has left the University and is making use only of the University’s general facilities and is no longer deemed to be using faculty or departmental, computing or other special facilities such as laboratories, will be required to pay a continuing fee for each year or part thereof (as determined by the University’s fees policy) until the thesis/portfolio is submitted.

Continuing fees are payable for each academic year, with provision for partial refund as appropriate. Continuing fees for 2017/18 will amount to £620.

Taught students

In general, students on postgraduate taught programmes are not required to pay continuing fees, although extension fees may be payable for certain programmes. In such cases, the faculty will notify students of arrangements.

The major sources of financial support for most UK/EU students wishing to undertake research or advanced programmes at the University of Surrey are the appropriate research councils (see below). Responsibility for the awarding of studentships is divided between these bodies according to the subject of study.

If you are uncertain which research council covers your area of study, contact either the research councils or the faculty or department at the University as early as possible.

Awards are offered on a competitive basis, either in the form of open competition, through a scheme of quota awards to individual faculties or through funding allocated to Faculties to administer. Awards are not made automatically to eligible students.

In certain circumstances, residents of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland are required to apply to their respective education authorities.

Residents of Scotland seeking awards in subjects other than those covered by the research councils should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, which operates a scheme similar to the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) scheme.

Subject to certain requirements, students who are EU nationals, or children of EU nationals, and are ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area, may apply for research council funding on a fees-only basis.