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Funding and scholarships for students

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer numerous scholarships to encourage exceptional students to apply for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of Exeter.

These scholarships tend to be highly competitive and merit-based, so we recommend investigating options early as deadlines and eligibility vary. Many schemes will not cover full costs, but may go some way to reducing the costs.

Terms and conditions apply. Please see the award entries for details.


Scholarships are payments made to support your education, awarded on the basis of merit, personal achievement and academic ability.

At the University of Exeter we combine world-class teaching and research from exceptional locations in South West England.

We have more than £2.5 million worth of scholarships available for international fee paying students applying to study with us in January 2022 or the 2022/23 academic year.

Scholarships will be awarded for outstanding academic quality.

We are pleased to offer graduating University of Exeter students completing their degree this summer and progressing direct to a standalone taught Masters degree (eg MA; MSc; MRes; MFA) with us in 2022/23 a scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Please visit our Class of 2022 Progression Scholarship page to learn more.

We are pleased to offer University of Exeter alumni beginning a taught Masters degree (eg MA; MSc; MRes; MFA) with us in 2022/23 a scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

The scholarship is available to any University of Exeter graduate who has completed one of the following:

  • graduated from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree awarded by the University of Exeter
  • completed an inbound Study Abroad semester/year at the University of Exeter
  • completed a credit-bearing University of Exeter International Summer School

Please visit our Alumni Scholarship page to learn more.

Current University of Exeter students completing their programme this year and progressing direct to another standalone University of Exeter degree programme are eligible for an equivalent award - see Class of 2022 Progression Scholarship.

Merit Scholarships

Our range of merit scholarships reward the very best students based on extra-curricular achievements.

Endowed scholarships

Endowed scholarships are financial gifts given to the University to help students fund their studies. Often they come with a number of conditions and are subject to an annual funding review. For further details, please see our Endowed Scholarships for Masters students webage.

College scholarships

Some of our Colleges offer awards for students studying taught Masters programmes with them. These awards are normally for general study with the College, study on specific programmes they offer, or for students from selected academic/employment backgrounds or countries. Search our funding database to find College scholarships available to you.

University of Exeter Business School Scholarships

The Business School offers a range of scholarships for their programmes. Full details of the scholarships can be found on their dedicated Masters and The Exeter MBA funding pages.


Bursaries are non-competitive payments intended to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds, or who are having difficulties funding their studies.

The University of Exeter offers financial support to students who have been in care in the form of a full fee waiver for UK undergraduates and PGCE students, and a Care Leavers’ Bursary.

For the purposes of these schemes, the University of Exeter define care leavers as young people (up to the age of 25) who have been looked after by the local authority for more than 13 weeks since they were 14, including some time at age 16 or 17.

Fee waiver

Care leavers starting undergraduate or PGCE courses at the University of Exeter will not have to pay tuition fees. If you have identified yourself as someone who has been in care in your UCAS application, the University of Exeter will contact you asking for further information. You will be asked to show that you meet the criteria described above and have home fee status.

Care Leavers’ Bursary

To be eligible you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • You are a care leaver (see definition above)
  • You must be under 25 when you start your course
  • You must be in receipt of financial support from the university through the Exeter National Scholarship or Access to Exeter Bursary schemes

The bursary is intended to help with the cost of accommodation during the summer vacation period after your first and subsequent years of study (but not final year). The bursary amount is not fixed, but is decided by taking into account the additional cost of your accommodation needs.

To apply for this bursary, please contact the Students’ Guild Advice Service.

Further information on the full support package avaliable to Care leavers and Care experienced students can be found on our Widening participation student support pages.

PGCE Exeter Bursary 

The University of Exeter is offering a £530 bursary to our UK students whose household income has been assessed by your relevant student funding body as £25,000 or less. There is no separate application procedure for the bursary, however, students who have not applied for financial support, or who have applied but chosen not to be means tested, are unable to be considered for this bursary until they do.

The PGCE Exeter Bursary for 2021/22 will be paid in one instalment on 29 October October 2021, or thereafter within 10 working days of confirmation of your household income.

In addition to the tuition and maintenance loan, the Department for Education and Teaching Regulation Agency (formally known as the National College for Teaching & Leadership) offers further financial incentives and support as a bursary, available to Home trainees on an eligible course in England. Bursary amounts vary depending on teaching subject and degree class.

For further details on the DETRA scheme, please visit the PGCE course pages.

There is no formal application procedure for the bursary however, as part of the registration process, you will be asked to accept the University's terms and conditions which will include the terms and conditions for receipt of the DETRA Training Bursary.

Payment dates 

You will receive your first bursary payment in October, on the condition you have provided your bank account details and have registered

Payments are made on a monthly basis, to reach your bank account for the first Friday of the month. The funds will be paid between October and July in 10 equal instalments.

Please note: 

If you are considering withdrawing or interrupting from your course, you must inform your College immediately as you will no longer be eligible to receive the bursary. Any bursary payment received after your last day of attendance will require repayment.

International Students are not eligible for the training bursary.

Payments made before eligibility has been properly assessed are made on a provisional basis and may be subject to repayment.


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