Identifying Scholarships For Master’s Degrees In The UK: A Canadian Student’s Guide

Oct 19, 2015 10:02:00 PM

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When looking towards financial aid packages in the UK, the student must be aware that scholarships work differently in the UK than in Canada or the US. Before jumping in and exploring options, prepare to understand that UK scholarships for Master’s degrees are more of a helping hand when it comes to paying for school. 

What is on offer…

Some universities may offer automatic entrance scholarships or bursaries, similar to those offered at Canadian universities, most scholarships available at UK universities will require students to complete a separate application form.

It’s always good to remember that care should be taken when completing your scholarship applications, as they can be highly competitive with students applying from all over the world.

Be sure to ask your student advisor for help investigating the scholarships for Master’s degrees opportunities available to you. Most scholarships will be available directly through the partner universities and these scholarships are normally merit based and range from £1000-3000 or $1,500 – 8,000.

§  Merit-based means that the scholarship is not based on financial need, but rather the academic prowess or talent of the applicant.  They normally require an essay for application and are usually competitive.

Applying for scholarships…

Scholarships usually open in the spring, after university offers start to go out to applicants. In order to apply for scholarships,  you must already hold an offer from the university.  This is different than in Canada, where applications for scholarships can be made without an offer. It is best to double-check that you are eligible to apply before you submit your application, in order to spend your time effectively on applications for which you will be considered.

The Santander scholarship is available through many of ATP’s partner universities. Santander group is one of the largest banking groups in the world and supports students by offering a number of scholarships and research awards to universities with the Santander University network. More information can be found here.

What happen’s after I have applied?

After an application for a scholarship is made, it can take some time to hear back from the university regarding a decision.  Scholarships and financial aid rewards are usually awarded anywhere from late spring to midsummer.  If the decision of attending a certain university rests on the offer of a scholarship, check in with your advisor and he or she can get in touch with that university in order to check in on the process.

There are some websites and resources within Canada that offer the opportunity for study abroad scholarships, including and However, again, these scholarships will be of limited amounts..

Remember, the scholarships for Master’s degrees available are more of a boost, rather than a financial supplement, so resting your choice on whether to attend a university on the aid they provide may not be the best decision.

Be sure you make your final university choice based on your preferences for module options, university location and campus style, and not just on financial factors. 

Download the Graduate's Guide to Funding Your UK Master's Degree