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Postgraduate scholarships and studentships

In 2020/21 Brunel will be offering over 400 scholarships to Home and International Students. Our postgraduate scholarship package is outlined below.

Meeting the eligibility criteria does not equate to an entitlement to a scholarship.




Number available in 2020/21


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 automatically assess your eligibility throughout the year and confirm awards in September.

International Excellence Scholarship 2020

 130 in total.

£6,000 tuition fee waiver applied to the first year of study only.

The International Excellence Scholarship is now open for September 2020 applications!

Click here to register your interest.

Deadline: midnight on the 17th April 2020.

Postgraduate Care Leaver Bursary


£5,000 cash or fee waiver

The Postgraduate Care Leaver Bursary for 2020/21 is now open!

The deadline for applicants is midnight on the 31 July 2020, apply here to be considered.

Dean's International Scholarship for Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy)




80 scholarships are available, 20 per course for international applicants applying for the following courses:


Value to be confirmed.

Fee waiver, per year, a maximum of 3 years for Undergraduate courses and and a maximum of 2 years for the Postgraduate courses.





This Scholarship is currently closed and will open for 2020 entry shortly.



MBA Scholarship (full-time)

30 in total.

£6,500 tuition fee waiver

The MBA Scholarship for September 2020 entry is currently closed and will open in February 2020. 

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 2020 is currently closed and will open in February 2020. 

NSIRC Scholarship for

- MSc Oil and Gas Engineering 
- MSc Structural Integrity (Asset Reliability Management)

Dependent upon number of eligible applications and scholarship fund available.

To be confirmed.

The NSIRC Scholarship is now open for September 2020/21!

Applicants should apply for the programme in the usual way through the course web page and then express their interest to be considered for a scholarship by emailing the Programme Course Director, for further details please refer to the terms and conditions.

PGCE Access Bursary


 £2,500 cash award

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

PhD Studentships

NSIRC PhD Studentships 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.

Application. More information can be found here.

BCAST Liquid Metal Engineering PhD Studentships



Application. More information can be found here.

Funded Research Degree Opportunities

Please note that award numbers and amounts vary each year and in each College. 


Application. More information can be found here.

Other sources of funding and discounts

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 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


Brunel Family Discount

Applicants beginning their studies in the academic year 2020/21, who have direct family connection to a 'Current Student' or 'Alumni/Graduate' of Brunel University London are eligible to receive a discount of 10% off the tuition fees for every year of the course. Before applying, please review the terms and conditions for further information, eligibility criteria, evidence required and deadlines. Applicants will need to complete an application form and provide evidence of their connection with a 'Current Student' or 'Graduate/Alumni'. Further information can be found here

Deadline for Postgraduate courses: 31 August 2020

Applicants starting Postgraduate Research courses must apply for the Discount at least three weeks before their course start date.  

Prompt payment discount

All students who are responsible for paying their own course fees in full, and who pay the full amount of fees due at or before their scheduled date of registration, may receive a prompt payment discount of 2% on the net course fee i.e after the application of any other discounts to which they may be entitled. Further details can be found in the Student Financial Policy.

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 studentships

Research studentships may be available across the full range of our research activity. A studentships provides funding for your course fees (like a scholarship) and a stipend for you living expenses set by the Research Councils. Please note that award numbers and amounts vary each year and in each College. 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

We offer a number of Music Awards each year. Awards enable you to continue your musical development whilst you are at University by covering all or part of the cost of individual professional vocal or instrumental tuition during your time at Brunel. Music award holders will receive up to ten hours of individual music tuition covered per year. For further information, visit the Music awards page.

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.

COLFUTURO scholarship (Only eligible for Colombian applicants)

Two tuition fee discounts of 50% for two Masters or PhD students for a maximum of three years. Plus 15% discount on tuition for all eligible COLFUTURO beneficiaries for a period of one year for Masters programmes and three years for PhD. For more information refer to the COLFUTURO website. Please click here.

Updated on 17 January 2020.