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Additional Postgraduate Funding Information


Raising funds for postgraduate study is an important consideration as you will need to pay tuition fees and support yourself while studying. There is funding available if you are prepared to look for it and take the time to apply. This must be done well in advance of starting your studies. Examples of where you can begin your search are shown below, however this is not an exhaustive list. You can also carry out your own research to determine other funding which may be available to you.

Alumni Discount Award

The Cardiff Metropolitan University Alumni Discount is a 20 per cent reduction in tuition fees for Cardiff Met Alumni enrolling on taught postgraduate programmes starting in 2017.

If you are a graduate of the University or a current student studying at either undergraduate or postgraduate level, you could benefit from the Alumni Discount for your future postgraduate study at Cardiff Met. Further details can be found on our Postgraduate and Part Time webpage.

Postgraduate Loan

From the 2017/18 academic year, the Welsh Government is proposing a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) of up to £10,280 for students who ordinarily reside in Wales and who wish to study at Master's level.

As it currently stands, the PGL will be:

  • A contribution towards the cost of study (i.e. it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs)
  • Non-means tested
  • Paid directly to the student.

Further details can be found here.

Please note the availability of the Welsh PGL is dependent on new legislation which has not yet been passed by parliament. Policy details on both support and repayment are subject to change prior to regulation.

Information on Government funded PGLs for students who ordinarily live in the other areas of the UK/EU can be found on our 'Postgraduate and Part-time' page. This page also has links to advice on funding for PGCE and Research courses. For students attending the School of Art, information on funding for research degrees can be found here

Money Matters

Cardiff Met provides an excellent 'Money Matters' guide for Postgraduate students with links to useful sources on our Student Finance Advice webpage.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

Cardiff Met has subscribed to 'The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding' which was set up by students who funded their own postgraduate study through searching charities and trusts for educational grants. It is a free resource for Cardiff Met students or applicants. The guide consists of advice and a searchable database of funding opportunities. Cardiff Met students and applicants can register by following the link below and entering their Cardiff Met e-mail address. You will then be sent a password to login www.postgraduate-funding.com/gateway/

Other Scholarship and Support Programmes

(Please note, these have been included for information purposes only, the companies and charities listed have no links with the University. You have to be a current student to apply for many of the smaller scholarships listed.)

    • MastersCompare are offering a £5,000 Postgraduate Scholarship for Masters study in the academic year 2017/18. The scholarship is open to UK, EU and international students. To be considered, applicants will need to be in receipt of an unconditional offer of a place on a part-time or full-time postgraduate Masters by 1st September 2017. To enter for the scholarship, register on MastersCompare and tick the Scholarship box. The scholarship will be allocated in a draw during October 2017. MastersCompare

    • Spotcap are offering one fellowship of £8,000 towards a master's degree or MBA in a fintech related field (e.g. engineering, finance, economics, product design). Applicants must provide a CV, cover letter and a short essay in written or video format, to answer 'What sparked your interest in fintech?' (500 words/3 minutes max). The closing date for entry is 31st July 2017. Spotcap Fintech Fellowship

    • Houzz are offering three design and architecture scholarships of £2,000 to support the education of the next generation of professionals. Scholarships are being offered for Sustainable Design, Women in Architecture and Construction Management. Applicants will need to create a Houzz profile and answer an essay question. The closing date for entry is 31st August 2017. Houzz Design and Architecture Scholarships
    • FindAPhD.com offer an annual £5,000 PhD scholarship plus a number of smaller awards in any subject. Further information can be found at FindAPhD
    • FindAMasters.com offer an annual £5,000 Masters scholarship plus a number of smaller awards in any subject. further information can be found at FindAMasters
    • Brand Visibility is offering a scholarship of £1,500 to assist fledgling entrepreneurs in accessing the skills, knowledge and education required to promote their own business in the future or find a fulfilling career in Digital marketing and Public Relations. Students must be enrolled on a full time course and submit an original essay on the topic 'There's no such thing as bad publicity – agree or disagree?' The closing date for entry is 1st July 2017. Brand Visibility PR Scholarship
    • The Orla James Wedding Scholarship is designed to reward creativity in Education. Applicants must submit a 1,000 word essay on any wedding subject to demonstrate your writing skills and creativity. The scholarship is open to people of any discipline, but extra consideration will be given to those enrolling in English, creative writing, fashion or design programmes. One £900 scholarship available, deadline for submission is 10 July 2017. Orla James Wedding Scholarship

    • The Carspring IMI Female Automotive scholarship 2017 is open to female students who aspire to work in the automotive industry; from Engineering to Marketing. There is no particular subject requirement. Candidates must submit a CV, cover letter and a 500-1000 word document, on the subject 'The Future of Automotive Retail'. Two £1,000 scholarships available, deadlines are: Round 1 - 31/12/2016 | Round 2 - 31/08/2017 Carspring IMI Female Automotive Scholarship

    • The Xero Entrepreneur Scholarship for 2017 is designed to help one student along the road to success on their entrepreneurial journey. It is open to UK students, candidates must submit either an essay (500-­700 words) or a 2 minute video on how the scholarship could help them work toward or develop their entrepreneurial idea. There is one £2,000 scholarship and mentoring available. Closing date 30 June 2017. Xero Enterprise Scholarship

  • The Leverhulme Trust makes awards for the support of research and education. Grants available can be found here.
  • RADMA (Research and Development Management) provides funding in the following areas:

    1. Doctoral studies - annual call;
    2. Postgraduate student conference funding - presenting a paper - open call;
    3. Postgraduate student conference funding - attendance only and poster presentations - open call;
    4. Postgraduate project support - open call;
    5. Student attendance at the R&D Management Conference.

    Please see the RADMA website for the full call for proposals, application forms and Terms and Conditions.

You may also wish to refer to The Grants Register and The Guide to Education Grants; copies are available in the University library.


Crowdfunding involves asking a large number of people to contribute to your postgraduate costs by donating relatively small amounts of money. Further information on advantages and disadvantages of this method of fundraising can be found at Crowdfunding your masters

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