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Funding your Postgraduate Study

Funding your Postgraduate Study






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  • PG fees vary among institutionsStandard fee – exceptions include the MBA, GDL, LPC, MSc Mass Spectrometry
  • Welfare Warden positionsin University residences:free accommodation in exchange for pastoral duties Rents in Bristol = £65, London £75
  • An offer of a place on a course does not mean the University will fund you
  • University Master’s Scholarships – application automatically sent to offer-holders.
  • ATM and KESS eligibility requirements -
  • I also wrote a research review for the Cerebra charity which paid me £1400 for a 10,000 word review about Down’s syndrome. I found this work after it was advertised in the Psychology department at Swansea University. I work as an overseas student mentor within the Psychology Department, working 6 hours a week (as this is the maximum work allowance in the department). My job involves academically and personally supporting the overseas students enrolled on the MSc Abnormal and Clinical Psychology course, as well as the MSc Research Methods students. I aid students in improving their academic writing, as well as giving small tutorials in order to reinforce lectures or provide academic advice. I was rewarded funding from two grant-giving bodies: £800 from The Sydney Perry Foundation and £500 from the Chelmsford Educational Fund. I found both bursaries by browsing the internet, when I first commenced my PhD, for grants that I was applicable for. The former is an education trust providing financial support to students under the age of 35, showing great promise. The later is my local education fund and supplies financial support for students who underwent secondary education in the catchment area (in my case, Chelmsford).

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  • Funding your Postgraduate Studywww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate
  • Tuition Fees Standard Fee For UK/EU students in 2011 was £3,732  This WILL rise by a small amount next year, but will NOT be affected by the rise in undergraduate fees Fee Flexibility Fees can be paid in instalments Part-time study: fees are split over 3 years (for a Master’s course) Funding your Postgraduate 2012 postgraduate fees will be announced in April 2012 Studywww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding
  • Cost of Living Average = £6,000 - £8,000 per year This varies according to circumstance and lifestyle! Swansea = low cost of living compared to other University cities Average Rent in Swansea = £55 per week TIP: Welfare Warden positions (accommodation@swansea.ac.uk) Course Costs can include:  Conferences  Field trips  Books and Printing  Thesis bindingwww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding
  • The Naked Truth  There is NO government funding for most postgraduate courses  The Student Loans company does not support postgraduates  When you apply for a postgraduate course you are only applying for the place – not the funding too  You will need to make separate applications for your fundingwww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding
  • The Upside...  There are lots of sources of funding for postgraduate study  Most postgraduate students successfully manage to fund their studies  Your postgraduate degree will stand you in good stead for your future careerwww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding
  • Sources of funding 1. Swansea University 2. Research Councils 3. Student Loans 4. Charities and Trusts 5. “Portfolio” fundingwww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding
  • Swansea University Scholarships  Approx 100 Master’s Scholarships (all subjects) = 75% of tuition fee  1 x Alumni Bursary (all subjects plus LPC & GDL) = full tuition fee  Approx 10 PhD studentships (selected subjects) = tuition fees plus stipend (£13,590 in 2011) - advertised January 2012 Funding your Postgraduate Follow us on Twitter / Facebook for regular updates www.twitter.com/SwanseaPostgrad Study www.facebook.com/SwanseaPostgradwww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships
  • Swansea University Scholarships PLUS externally funded scholarships:  Access to Master’s Scholarships (Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Geography) = full fees + stipend (£5,529)  KESS Scholarships for MRes programmes (Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Geography) = full fees + stipend (£9,835)  AHRC Scholarships (MA courses in Creative Writing, History, Translation and PhD programmes in Celtic Studies, Film Studies, History = full fees + stipend (to be announced April 2012)www.twitter.com/SwanseaPostgradwww.facebook.com/SwanseaPostgradwww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships
  • Research Councils Government funded agencies which support research  Arts and Humanities (AHRC) www.ahrc.ac.uk  Biotechnology and Biological Sciences (BBSRC) www.bbsrc.ac.uk  Economic and Social Research (ESRC) www.esrc.ac.uk  Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPSRC) www.epsrc.ac.uk  Medical Research (MRC) www.mrc.ac.uk  Natural Environment (NERC) www.nerc.ac.uk  Science and Technology (SciTEch) www.scitech.ac.uk Funding your Postgraduate Funding covers MA/MSc, MRes, EngD, MPhil & PhD studies , and usually includes:   UK/EU Tuition Fee Study Maintenance grant / stipend (£13,590 in 2011)  Contribution towards travel and fieldwork expenseswww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships
  • Research Councils Applications:  Most Research Councils do not accept direct applications  Usually, funding is allocated to individual departments which will advertise studentships throughout the year Eligibility:  UK/EU nationals “ordinarily resident” in UK for 3 years  Funding your Postgraduate First-class or upper-second class degree in relevant subject Competition for Research Council funding is intense, and deadlines are Study early, so you are advised to spend time putting together a strong applicationwww.rcuk.ac.uk
  • Loans Professional and Career Development Loans  Up to £10,000 available for courses of up to 2 years ‘that will help with your career’  Available to anyone who lives in the UK and plans to work in UK or EU  The Skills Funding Agency pays the interest on the loan while you study Funding your Postgraduate   www.direct.gov.uk/pcdl Study Loan repayments are NOT linked to your income, like student loanswww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding
  • Charities, Foundations and Trusts  Usually dedicated to a specific purpose  Often one-off amounts (rather than fees + stipend)  No standard rules on eligibility criteria and applications  Application deadlines often well in advance of the start of the course Find out more: The Grants Register available in your careers service, at public libraries and on www.prospects.ac.uk/fundingwww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding
  • Charities, Foundations and Trusts Arts and Humanities  The National Gallery  Royal Historical Society  Royal Institute of Philosophy Business and Social Sciences  The Leverhulme Trust  Social Workers Educational Trust  UK eInformation Groups Engineering  Institute of Engineering and Technology  Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining  Worshipful Company of Engineers Science and Medicine  Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research  Epilepsy Action  Heart Research UKwww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate
  • Portfolio funding Most postgraduate students fund their studies through portfolio funding in which they gather funds from a variety of sources. Putting together your own funding package requires planning and tenacity BUT most postgraduates say that the experience was worth it ! Case Study: Gemma Reynolds, PhD Psychology Grant-giving bodies: Funding your Postgraduate • £800 from The Sydney Perry Foundation • £500 from the Chelmsford Educational Fund StudyPart-time work - Overseas Student Mentor in Psychology department It pays to get published - £1,400 for a 10,000 word research review about Down’s Syndrome for the charity Cerebrawww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding
  • International Students • Contact the Ministry of Education or Education Department in your own country for details of scholarships • British Chevening Scholarships - get updates on Facebook • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan: Cover fees and living expenses for courses of 1 – 3 years duration • Some country-specific scholarships are also available • For further information see: www.educationuk.org • Funding your Postgraduate Part-time work: as an international student you can work for up to 20 hours per week which can help towards your study costs Studywww.swansea.ac.uk/international
  • Finding Funding – our tips  Start looking early  Do your research  Apply for everything you can  Get expert advice from University staff Useful Sources: Prospects • Funding Guide • www.prospects.ac.uk/search_funding_bodies www.postgraduatestudentships.com The Grants Register – published by Palgrave Macmillanwww.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-funding
  • Where can a research career take you?Interdisciplinary Research WeekBridging the Gaps: My Academic JourneyWednesday 23rd November, 5:30 pmILS Seminar Room, ILS (behind Café Glas)