Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships

Financial help for graduates wishing to undertake a taught postgraduate programme at Keele.

The Keele Graduate Bursary (Keele Graduates Only)

A discount of £1,000 is available on some taught postgraduate course tuition fees for all UK/EU students who have graduated either from a first degree programme, or the Certificate in Counselling at Keele.

For International students who have graduated from Keele or a Keele programme delivered overseas, a discount of 15% of the taught postgraduate course fee is offered. Students who undertook a study abroad placement or exchange programme at Keele will also be eligible for this fee reduction. Please note that this cannot be combined with other scholarships with the exception of the Faculty of Natural Science Bursary, and in the event that a student is eligible for more than one award, the higher value award will be applied.

Keele Graduate Bursaries are available for all taught postgraduate courses other than those where financial support is already available - such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Social Work or certain courses where the student fee is directly funded by the National Health Service- or where an individual School has other arrangements within its fee structure e.g. School of Pharmacy. You will not receive the Keele Graduate Bursary if your course is fully or partially funded by a sponsor or organisation such as your employer.
There are no additional forms or paperwork. You do not have to apply for this bursary. If you are eligible we will contact you.

The £1,000, or 15%, will be deducted from the second payment instalment of postgraduate tuition fees. For part-time and modular study, deductions will be made on a pro rata basis.

Please note: to obtain the discount you must begin postgraduate study during 2015 or 2016. 

 For further information about our postgraduate bursaries and scholarships for UK and EU students, contact; if you are an international student contact

The Keele Graduate Scholarship (Open To All)

We will award a tuition fee discount of £500 to students who attain first class honours in their first undergraduate degree and come to Keele to study a taught postgraduate course to at least postgraduate diploma level.

Please note that PGCE and MA Social Work are not included in this award. 

Payment will be made pro rata for postgraduate study. You do not have to apply for this award. We will write to you by the end of October after enrolment to confirm the award.

You can find a full list of our Postgraduate Courses here, and you can also download the Keele Graduate scholarship terms and conditions for UK/EU Students.


The Keele Access Scholarship

Please note that this bursary will take the form of a fee waiver which will be applied pro rata for part-time study. Fee waivers of up to £850 are being made available for students from backgrounds with low participation in higher education who wish to take a taught postgraduate course at Keele to at least postgraduate diploma level.

You may be eligible for a scholarship if you live in an area of the UK from which very few students progress to higher education (officially defined as a Low Participation Neighbourhood). Check your area on our Access Scholarships - UK Postcode Checker.

You may also be eligible to receive a Keele Access Scholarship if you have declared that you have a disability on your application for postgraduate study at Keele.

Postgraduate Loans Scheme

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees to be introduced for the 2016-17 academic year will provide up to £10,000 a year for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas.

All the following eligibility criteria must be met in order to qualify for the postgraduate Master’s loan:​​

  • Loan Amount

Individuals, up to the age of 60, will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master’s qualification.

  • Purpose

The Master’s loan is intended to be a contribution to the cost of an eligible postgraduate Master’s qualification. The borrower will use the loan according to their individual circumstances as a contribution towards the cost of the Master’s course tuition fees and/or any other costs associated with study, including their living costs.​​

  • Individual Eligibility Criteria

Borrowers must be a UK National, or have settled status in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years on the first day of the academic year of their course start date. This must have most recently been resident in England and borrowers must not have moved there from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purposes of attending the course.

Individuals may be eligible if they are an EU national or family member of an EU national, or if they have the residency status of refugee, humanitarian protection, EEA migrant worker, child of a Swiss national or child of a Turkish worker.

Individual eligibility will not be based on a means test.

The loans will be administered by the Student Loans Company. Postgraduate loans will be paid back concurrently with undergraduate loans.​​

For more information