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If you are having difficulty obtaining financial support we strongly advise you to make early contact with local offices of the British Council for information about scholarships. The British Council is also a useful source of general information about studying and living in the UK.

Excellence Scholarship

International Students studying Loughborough-based full-time MSc courses starting October 2017 are eligible for excellence scholarship fee reductions as follows:

  • 25% reduction for students who hold the equivalent of a UK first class honours degree
  • 10% reduction for students who hold the equivalent of an upper second class degree
  • There is no scholarship for students with the equivalent of a lower second class degree

Alumni Bursary:

A 20% Bursary is available to all EU/UK/International applicants who are also Alumni of Loughborough University.

Please note that students can only hold one Loughborough University scholarship. Students qualifying for 2 bursaries (e.g. international student alumni with 1st Class degree) receives one bursary (whichever is the higher).

The John Pickford Fund

John Pickford OBE founded WEDC in 1971. The John Pickford Fund provides bursary support for students from low- and middle-income countries to study with WEDC. A number of partial scholarships are available each year. Please complete and submit the application form.

Santander Postgraduate UK/EU Scholarship

Santander awards part scholarships to help support students while studying for a full-time Masters' degree course at Loughborough University. These are for various full-time MSc programmes at Loughborough University.

There are up to six scholarships to the value of £5,000 set against tuition fees for prospective full-time postgraduate taught students who are permanent residents of Belgium, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain or the UK.

In addition, there are two Formula Santander scholarships to the value of £4,166 set against tuition fees for prospective full-time postgraduate taught students who are permanent residents of the UK, and whilst they may not have achieved the highest academic standards, can demonstrate significant achievement in another way.

Further information is available at:

Other information about full-time sponsorship

More useful information about sponsorship for full-time study at Loughborough can be found on the Loughborough University Scholarships and Bursaries for International Taught Postgraduate Students page. You may also wish to take a look at The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding – information for accessing this can be found here.

General information on scholarships in the UK is available at the My Water Career website.

For Latin American applicants may be of help.

Some Commonwealth countries also have awards available for full-time study in the UK. Access the CSFP website to see if your country is listed.

Postgraduate Student Loans

Students starting courses in 2016 will be able to borrow up to £10,000 to contribute to their tuition fees and/or any other costs associated with study, under a new loans scheme announced by the government.

The courses for which the loan will be available are those culminating in a postgraduate master?s qualification (MA, MSc, MRes, MBA, MEd and LLM). Full-time courses must be one or two years in duration. If you are studying on a part-time basis this must be at a minimum of 50% intensity, for instance, a one-year full-time course studied over two years.

The loan scheme is principally for UK students, aged under 60, and who do not already have an MSc. Some EU nationals may also be eligible.

For more information, please click here.

Please note: This is a loan which will need to be repaid, rather than a scholarship or bursary which would not need to be repaid.

Loughborough University Development Trust (LUDT) Scholarships

This scholarship is primarily aimed at people who have not yet commenced any studies with WEDC and the following comments relate to such applicants. To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must first be in receipt of an UNCONDITIONAL OFFER of a place to study on a Postgraduate Certificate programme for which the scholarship can be awarded OR a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc programme (which will include the same four modules as the Certificate programme).

These distance learning bursaries are available thanks to the Loughborough University Development Trust, which raises funds from former students, other friends of the University, and some grant-awarding bodies. These include: Loughborough University Alumni – Class of 1963, the Bechtel Foundation and the Waterloo Foundation.

There are no LUDT scholarships currently available – if you would like to be informed when future scholarships become available, please request this in an email to

A LUDT Scholarship subsidises study of up to four distance learning modules. The subsidy is such that scholars pay only £300 per module for the four subsidised modules. The scholarship award is restricted to students from certain low-income countries. Click here to see the list of qualifying countries. Click here for full information about how the scholarship is administered.

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) provides scholarships for students to study WEDC MSc programmes by Distance Learning. Scholarships are available to applicants who are nationals of, and resident in, Commonwealth countries. Click here for a list of qualifying countries.

WEDC applies for these scholarships annually.

There are no CSC scholarships currently available – if you would like to be informed when future scholarships become available, please let us know by email to

John Kirke Scholarship

We are delighted that GHK Consulting Limited has kindly provided a scholarship fund in memory of one of their founders, John Kirke.

The John Kirke scholarship provides funding of £700 each year for one student to study the Urban Infrastructure module. The balance (currently £425) of the fees is paid in full by the student two months before the commencement of the module.

Applicants must be a national of, and resident in, one of the low-income countries on the list provided in the details about the award.

You do not have to be enrolled on one of our programmes (i.e. Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc) to qualify for this award. The Urban Infrastructure module can be studied as a stand-alone module for professional development.

The selection criteria are based on:

  • The applicant being a national of, and resident in, one of the low- or middle-income countries on the list provided here;
  • The past academic performance of the applicant;
  • The contents of two letters of reference that are received to support the student's application for the scholarship;
  • The contents of a personal statement by the student to explain the benefits to them and people in developing countries that will arise from them studying the Urban Infrastructure module; and
  • The source of funds for the balance of the fees. Applicants who will be sponsored by their employers will be given a lower weighting than applicants who are self-funded.


Click here to obtain more details and an application form for partial sponsorship of the Urban Infrastructure distance learning module for the study session starting on 15 January each year. The closing date for receipt of originals of completed application forms AND all associated documents is mid-November.

Find out more about John Kirke and the scholarship fund here.


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