If you are planning to study the MA Social Work at BU, you may be eligible for a postgraduate bursary during your study.

A postgraduate social work bursary is:

  • awarded to eligible students
  • available to both part-time and full-time students
  • a grant not a loan
  • made up of a non-means tested basic grant and a means-tested maintenance grant

These bursaries don’t need to be paid back, and are awarded in recognition of the fact that you are expected to undertake hands-on placements, limiting your ability to get a part-time job.

Each year, NHS bursaries publish ‘Your guide to social work bursaries (pdf, 4kb). You can access the latest version via the NHS bursaries website. The guide explains how to apply for a bursary, payment amounts, residency and eligibility. It includes timeframes for applications, decisions and payments.

Please note that if you are successful in your application for the MA Social Work Bursary you will not then be eligible for the postgraduate loan in addition.

The figures below are for students starting in September 2022. 

You should apply for your bursary for the 2022/23 academic year at the earliest opportunity. You are encouraged to submit your application by 31 July to guarantee payment for September.

If you are planning to study the BA (Hons) Social Work, please view information relevant to the undergraduate bursary.