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.

Undergraduate Scholarships

University wide scholarships

Bursaries available from other organisations

There are charities, trusts and other organisations that offer financial support and support-in-kind to students.  These 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 

University wide postgraduate (taught) scholarships

Funding information for some postgraduate healthcare courses

Same courses, even better value

In Spring 2018 we received confirmation of funding from HEFCE and HEE for our postgraduate pre-registration courses for 2018/19 entry.  We were then able to alter our fee structure for home and EU students, bringing them into line with the newly available funding from the Student Loans Company.

This means that for home and EU fee-status students starting in 2018/19, the following courses will now cost £9250 per year rather than the previously advertised amounts:

We currently await confirmation of HEFCE and HEE funding for 2019/20 entry, and will update our fees accordingly.  We anticipate we will have confirmation in Spring 2019, but are not expecting course fees to rise.

Funding from the Student Loans Company

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

We understand that 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.

 

Bursaries available from other organisations

There are charities, trusts and other organisations that offer financial support and support-in-kind to students.  These 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 (research) scholarships

University wide postgraduate research scholarships

Faculty of Science and Health PhD studentship opportunity

The Faculty of Science and Health at the University of Essex invites applications for a fully funded three-year PhD studentship in an interdisciplinary field of research. The candidate will receive £14,764 per year stipend, plus fees at the Home/EU rate for three years. Our Proficio scheme offers a generous budget of £2500 for research training and conference attendance. This exciting opportunity combines research into health and cognitive psychology with sports and exercise science and is open to all applicants with relevant backgrounds. The studentship will commence October 2018.

Title: Green Exercise interventions to improve mental health: Identifying mechanisms of change and theoretical underpinnings.

Poor mental health is the single largest cause of disability, costing the UK economy £100 billion per annum. A wide range of green exercise activities (e.g. fishing, forest walking) epitomise effective interventions to improve mental health in a variety of conditions (e.g. PTSD, anxiety) and populations (e.g. military veterans, cancer patients, youth at risk). However, to date, there is limited evidence addressing mechanisms of change to inform our understanding of why green exercise initiatives are effective for health promotion. The successful applicant will undertake research to address this gap in the literature.

You will work with a team of experienced supervisors from across the Faculty of Science and Health; Dr Leanne Andrews, Dr Jo Barton, Dr Nick Cooper and Professor Sheina Orbell. The successful applicant will be based within the School of Health and Social Care but will have access to research support, training and facilities in the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, the Centre for Brain Science and the Department of Psychology. 

The applicant will be able to demonstrate their ability to write and communicate their ideas for an academic audience, evidenced by holding or expecting to obtain a Masters or a minimum upper second class (2.1) honours degree in a relevant subject. Advanced training in statistics is desirable. Applicants should be able to evidence their reasons for being interested in this research topic, preferably linking with previous experience of working in this or related areas. They should also demonstrate the ability to work under pressure and manage their own time effectively. They need to have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to form strong relationships with different research stakeholders to facilitate recruitment and data collection. 


Making your application

Please apply via our online application form and submit your CV, a covering letter which clearly states how you meet the requirements stated above, and a 1,000 word outline of a potential study, including: rationale for selecting this topic area, a summary of some key literature, study aims and possible research methods. Please include the title, as stated above, on your application form and in your covering letter and include ‘Dr Leanne Andrews’ under ‘supervisor’. You will also be required to submit degree transcripts and certificates along with two signed references on letter headed paper, one of these should be from an academic with recent experience of your work.

The closing date to complete and submit your application is 18th May 2018 at 1pm. Interviews are likely to be held on 3rd July 2018 at the University of Essex (Colchester Campus).

 If you would like further information please contact Dr Leanne Andrews or Jade D’Mello (Graduate Administrator). 

 


Continuing Professional Development funding and scholarships

Bursaries available from other organisations

The RCN Foundation Professional Bursary Scheme provides bursaries of up to £5,000 for career development activities which focus on primary care nursing or long term/chronic conditions.  For more information including eligibility, deadlines for application and guidance on how to apply, see the RCN website.