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Scholarships, studentships and bursaries

In 2018 Brunel are offering over 400 scholarships to Home and International Students.

In addition to the various tuition fee discounts we offer our postgraduate students, we offer the following Postgraduate Scholarships, prizes and further fee reductions.


Number available in 2018/19


Application process 

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship

All those that meet the eligibility criteria

15% tuition fee discount, plus additional 15% if a Brunel Graduate

No application is required. Brunel will automatically assess your eligibility in the summer.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Scholarship

3 scholarships are available for  PGR courses only.

Value and further details will be announced when the scheme reopens.

The Scholarship is currently closed.

If you have any queries please contact Emma Sigsworth by email.

PGCE Access Scholarship



No application is required. Brunel will automatically assess your eligibility in the summer.

International Academic Excellence Scholarship


£6,000 tuition fee waiver for year 1

The International Excellence Scholarship is now open for applications for September 2018 entry.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 31 May 2018, register your interest here to be considered. 

Santander International Scholarship 5

£3,000 tuition fee waiver for year 1.

The Santander Scholarship is now open for applications for September 2018 entry. 

The deadline for applications is midnight on 31 May 2018, apply here to be considered.

Dean's Occupational Therapy and Dean's Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy) Awarded to all International applicants that meet the eligibility criteria.

£3,000 tuition fee waiver per academic year.

International applicants will be invited to apply directly by the Admissions tutor and should provide a 500 word essay explaining why they would be an excellent ambassador for both Brunel and their chosen profession. The personal statement should be sent to the Admissions Tutor within 10 days of being invited to apply for the scholarship.

MBA Scholarship (full-time) 30 in total.

£6,500 tuition fee waiver

The MBA Scholarship for September 2018 is not yet open.

MBA Scholarship (part-time) 20 in total.

£9,000 tuition fee waiver for the private sector and £11,000 tuition fee waiver for applicants from the public sector.

The MBA Scholarship for September 2018 is not yet open.

NSIRC PhD Scholarships in Structural Integrity


A stipend of £16,000 per year and tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, with total funding capped at £24,000 per year.


BCAST Liquid Metal Engineering PhD Studentships




Funded Research Degree Opportunities

Numbers vary dependent on Studentship Subject



Brunel Graduate Discount

We have always offered a reduction in PG tuition fees for our alumni. Our students who take up postgraduate education could be eligible to receive the '15% graduate discount'. A Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both fee reductions – Academic Excellence and Graduate discounts – a total of approx. 27.5% of the tuition fee.

The Graduate Discount will not apply if you receive the Brunel International scholarship, Brunel Santander International Scholarship or Brunel International Regional Scholarships. Please refer to the individual scholarship terms and conditions for further information.

For further information regarding eligibility please contact the scholarships@brunel.ac.uk

International Scholarships

Brunel offer a number of International Scholarships designed to promote talent and encourage excellence in scholars coming to Brunel from around the globe. Partial scholarships are available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students who have been offered a place on a full-time course with us. Please refer to the International scholarship web pages for more details.

Doctoral research scholarships and studentships

Research scholarships may be available across the full range of our research activity. Please note that award numbers and amounts vary each year and in each School, and only a very small number – or none at all – may be available for your programme. Check the Research Degree funding web page for details and eligibility information.

PhD studentships may consist of a cash scholarship, payment of your tuition fees, a wage for teaching or a combination of the three. For vacancies, details of eligibility and how to apply, please visit course Job vacancies page or check the Research Degree funding web page for details and eligibility information.

Funding for extra-curricular activities

Some funding opportunities exist for those students undertaking certain extra-curricular activities. These awards do not cover living costs or tuition fees, but are available to both taught and research students.

Sports Scholarship Programme

We have a history of supporting talented sportsmen and sportswomen that dates back to the 1960s. The Sports Scholarship Programme is more than just financial assistance; it is designed to the particular needs of athletes with outstanding sporting ability in higher education.

For further details please visit our Sports scholarships page 

Music Awards

A number of Music Awards are awarded each year. Award Holders have all or part of the cost of their individual music tuition covered throughout their period of study with us.

For further information, visit the Arts Centre Music Awards pages 

External funding

The Kennedy Memorial Trust offers scholarships for British graduates wanting to study at Harvard University or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The award offers full tuition fees, health insurance, a means tested tax free stipend of up to $26,000, contribution towards flights and more. For more information and to apply online visit www.kennedytrust.org.uk, applications for awards for 2018-19 open on 14 August and close at 23.59 on Wednesday 25 October 2017.