Students taking an undergraduate degree in Social Work can check out our pages on undergraduate funding for further information on funding support available.
Students taking a PhD in Social Work can read this webpage for further information on accessing financial support.
The content below provides further information on funding options for students taking the Master of Social Work.
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) offers the university a limited number of bursaries to nominated and eligible students undertaking the Master of Social Work. The amount provided will depend upon your circumstances, but includes a tuition fee grant of up to £3,415 and various grants for living costs. Full detail's can be found here.
The university’s recruitment and admissions team can provide further information on the nomination process for this bursary. The University is only able to nominate a limited number of students for this bursary and so there is no guarantee that you’ll be offered it. Be aware that this bursary will not cover your full tuition fees and living costs, and so it will be important to consider alternative ways of covering these.
Students with concerns about financing their studies can contact our welfare team for individualised advice.
NHS England provide bursaries to students undertaking the Master of Social Work. You must however, fulfil the relevant residence and previous study rules and must also be nominated for this bursary by the university. The university is only able to nominate a limited number of students for this bursary each year and so access to this bursary cannot be guaranteed. The bursary includes partial support with living costs and with tuition fees. Full information on the eligibility criteria, amounts offered and application process can be found here.
Be aware that this bursary will not cover your full tuition fees and living costs, and so it is important to consider alternative ways of covering these.
Unfortunately, students who receive a Social Work Bursary for anything other than travel costs to placement are not able to access Masters’ Loan support from SFE.
Unfortunately, Social Care Wales does not offer Social Work bursaries to students taking the Master of Social Work outside of Wales (see this webpage for more information). But students who meet the relevant eligibility criteria can access a Masters loan of up to £17,000 from Student Finance Wales. This loan will be paid directly to you and so you are free to choose whether you use this loan to finance your living costs whilst you study or to assist with any tuition fee payments. However, if you would like to use this loan to assist with the cost of fees it will be important to ensure that your plans take full account of and fit with the payment arrangements set by the university.
Further information on this support (including details on how to apply) can be found here.
We would also suggest looking at this webpage on finding extra funding.
Students from Northern Ireland should check our general guidance on funding for Masters’ students.
If you are an EU citizen and you will be moving to Scotland to study, you may be able to access a tuition fee grant of up to £3,415 from the Scottish Social Services Council. This will only cover a fraction of your tuition fees and so it will be important to consider how you will finance the remainder.
EU citizens who are usually resident in Spain or Turkey, may be able to access an Erasmus+ Masters’ Degree Loan to study at Edinburgh. Further information available here.
It will also be worth checking if your home government offers any funding support for postgraduate students and reading through our guidance on extra funding for further information on other places to find financial support.
If you were living in the UK for three years or more prior to starting your degree we would recommend that you also look at the sections above, as you may be able to access funding support from the UK government.
If you need a visa to study in Edinburgh or were living outside of the EU for the three years’ immediately prior to the start of your degree course, you will not, unfortunately, be eligible for any statutory student funding from the UK government.
However, you may be able to access financial support from your home government or from other sources such as merit-based scholarship from the university.Further information can be found here.
Do also look at our page on extra funding for details on other places to search for financial support.
Special arrangements apply for students who are refugees or asylum seekers. Please contact our service for more information.
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