School of Health and Social Care

Scholarships and funding

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Supporting your studies

We offer many opportunities to fund your studies, including a broad range of University of Essex scholarships. We also offer a number of scholarships linked to our courses and our department.

Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries are sources of funding for students across all degrees and disciplines.


The University has a range of scholarships and bursaries to support talented students, ensuring that we remain accessible to all with the potential to succeed, regardless of financial circumstances.

Alternatively search our scholarship finder to see the funding we have for you.


There are charities, trusts and other organisations that offer financial support and support-in-kind to students on both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught courses. These may change on a regular basis, so we recommend going directly to their websites.

If you are interested in training as a nurse, midwife or healthcare assistant, or are already working in one of these roles, you may be eligible for support through the RCN Foundation.

Postgraduate (taught) funding and scholarships 

Funding from the Student Loan Company

From August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing and allied health professional students are able to access loans from the Student Loan Company. 

Courses which are eligible include

Students studying a pre-registration, postgraduate healthcare course which starts after 1 August 2018 can apply for the same package of support as undergraduate students. In other words, these students will be able to access loans to cover tuition fees of up to £9,250 per year (our course fee per year) and to support living costs.

Please note there will be eligibility criteria which must be met to receive this financial support. Students who are already registered in nursing, midwifery, or an allied health profession will not be eligible for support for a second full-time or part-time pre-registration course, or a second full-time postgraduate pre-registration course leading to registration in the same profession.

Additional support

Like undergraduates, postgraduate pre-registration students will be eligible for additional support through the Learning Support Fund administered through the NHS Business Services Authority including:

  • Child Dependants Allowance
  • exceptional hardship support
  • additional travel and accommodation expenses

Disabled students allowance

Students who are obliged to incur essential additional expenditure while undertaking a course of higher education as a result of a disability may qualify for disabled students' allowances.

Continuing Professional Development funding and scholarships

Bursaries available from other organisations

The RCN Foundation offers a range of grants and support for nurses, midwives, and nursing support workers.

RCN Foundation education grants are awarded for professional development or to students. These grants are open at different points throughout the year, so check regularly to see when they are taking applications.

Postgraduate research studentships

Population Evidence and Data Science

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship from October 2020 for three years (full time study). The PhD studentship is linked to the Population Evidence and Data Science Theme of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England (EoE).

The Population Evidence and Data Science theme will extend and enhance the application of, the evidence base on the use of data to understand population health needs and outcomes.

Department: School of Health and Social Care or Institute for Social and Economic Research

Closing date: 5 June 2020

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Inclusive involvement in research

The project for this PhD studentship will be concerned with developing inclusive understandings of health and social care through the involvement of service users, the public and wider communities through the collection and implementation of high-quality research evidence.

It is anticipated that the research will contribute to the ongoing development of Public and Community Involvement Engagement and Participation (PCIEP) within the health and social care sector.

Department: School of Health and Social Care

Closing date: 5 June 2020

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