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

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. 

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.

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

Postgraduate research studentships

Faculty studentship: Enhancing recovery from domestic abuse

This project will be an examination of using the green exercise activities of wilderness therapy and care farming for improving the health, wellbeing and resilience of survivors of domestic abuse (umbrella term). 

Lead department: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (in collaboration with the Department of Psychology, and the School of Health and Social Care)


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Faculty studentship: 'Nothing about us without us': Working with disabled people to identify accessible and inclusive ways of evaluating their participation in sport and physical activity

The aim of this project is to develop and test an accessible and inclusive toolkit to assess the physical activity and associated health benefits of people with a disability. This can then be used by researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

Lead department: School of Health and Social Care (in collaboration with the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences)


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Faculty studentship: Strength training in pulmonary rehabilitation 

The project aims to explore the clinical application of strength assessment and training in pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) settings in the UK.

Lead department: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (in collaboration with the School of Health and Social Care)


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Faculty studentship: Using sport as a vehicle to enhance communication skills in young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The purpose of the present research is to examine the use of sport as a vehicle to enhance communication and social interaction skills in children and young people diagnosed with ASDs.

Lead department: School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (in collaboration with the Department of Psychology and School of Health and Social Care)


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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.