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MA Social Work bursary

If you are studying the MA Social Work course, you may be eligible for a bursary specifically to support students taking this course. The Department of Health capped the number of bursaries available to full-time UK students to 1,500, with a proportion of these allocated to each university. Shortlisting will be based on previous degree classification and points scored at interview.

You will not need to pay this bursary back.

The figures below are provided as an illustration. Figures for students starting in September 2020 will be updated once announced. 

How much are these bursaries worth?

The MA Social Work bursary financial package is made up of:

  • Basic grant of £3,362.50
  • Maintenance grant worth £2,721 (if eligible)
  • Payment of tuition fees up to £4,052 (when studying full-time).

Figures shown are based on studying outside of London.

This bursary is paid in three instalments for each year of study.

When are you told if you're eligible?

Once we know how many bursaries we have been allocated, we will decide who to offer these to and will contact you directly to give you further details of how and when to apply.

How do you apply?

You will need to apply directly through the Social Work Bursaries Office. Applications open from April or May and the deadline is the end of November after you enrol. 

If you would like further details about the bursary, eligibility and making an application, visit the Social Work Bursaries website, or call them on 0300 330 1342.

What support is available if I’m not awarded the bursary?

If you do not receive this bursary, you will be entitled to apply for a Placement Travel Allowance, which will contribute towards the travel costs associated with your placement. The previous allowance was £862.50 per academic year.

If you are awarded the bursary, this allowance is included within the MA Social Work bursary.

Is there any other support available?

You might be eligible for an Academic Scholarship or a Sport or Music Scholarship. You can find out more about these awards on our postgraduate scholarships page.

There are also allowances for dependents:

  • Parents Learning Allowance – previously up to £1,766 per year  
  • Adults Dependents Allowance – previously up to £3,094 per year
  • Childcare allowance – enquire to Social Work Bursary Office

Students with a disability can also apply for a Disabled Students Allowance.

More information about the MA Social Work Bursary.