Further study and funding
Thinking about further study?
The further study and funding section of our website contains advice on how to search and apply for postgraduate courses and other types of further study.
As an international student you may have additional considerations to take into account such as extending your student visa and finding funding, which can be difficult if you are not a UK student.
Extending your stay
The international student advisers at The University can advise you on your applications to the Home Office to extend your stay in the UK. This needs to be completed before your current permission to stay in the UK expires. If you apply by post, it can take a number of weeks so start any research as early as possible.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has information on study in the UK including advice for those making a student immigration application.
New limits on UK study for international students
The UKBA will now limit the amount of time international students are allowed to spend studying in the UK. Students who have already spent 5 years studying on degree level courses (on student or Tier 4 immigration permission) may not be granted further immigration permission as a Tier 4 migrant unless it is for a PhD (or for a few exempted vocational courses).
If you think that you will be affected by this new rule please contact The International Advice Team in the Student Service Centre. Further information is available on their website: Applying for extension to immigration permision in the UK.
Sources of funding
Funding for international students to study in the UK can come from a variety of organisations, institutions and the British Government, however it can be difficult to obtain.
The main source of funding for postgraduate study in the UK is the research councils for which many international students are not eligible. Check with universities you want to apply to for available funding.
A very small number of UK voluntary organisation's scholarship programmes are open to international students depending upon their specific circumstances such as nationality, subject of study and age. Our Careers Resource Centre has funding directories available for you to look through to see if any are relevant to yourself. Please note, only a minority of international students find this useful.
The following list contains some organisations that provide scholarships for international students who want to do further study in the UK.