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Funding for International Students

The Scottish Government does not provide any statutory student funding for international students studying in Scotland.

However, there are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at UWS.


UWS International Scholarship

This scholarship is available to self-funded (non-EU) students applying to UWS from the following regions:

  • South Asia
  • East Asia and Australia
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Europe and CIS

Students studying MBA, DBA and postgraduate research programmes are not eligible for this scholarship.

Scholarship Amount


How to apply

For further information, please email

UWS merit-based scholarship

This scholarship is available to full-time, self-funded (non-EU) students who are studying undergraduate or postgraduate courses in UWS Scottish campuses only. This is designed for students who have achieved academic excellence prior to applying to UWS.

Students studying MBA and DBA are not eligible for this scholarship.

Scholarship Amount


How to apply

Applications are made through an online form.

Postgraduate fee offer

This offer is available to self-funded (non-EU) students who wish to progress from undergraduate to postgraduate study at UWS. Students must have successfully completed at least one year of undergraduate study with UWS.

Scholarship amount

10% discount will be deducted from overall tuition fees.

How to apply

Once you have accepted an offer of postgraduate study at UWS, this discount will be automatically applied.

International Research Excellence Scholarship

This scholarship is available to self-funded (non-EU) students offered a place on a full-time research programme at UWS.

Scholarship Amount


How to apply

Please state on your research application that you are applying for an International Research Excellence Scholarship.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme

This scholarship is available to self-funded (non-EU) students who:

  • Hold a first degree at either first class or upper second level
  • Are a national of a Commonwealth developing country and not living or studying in a developed country
  • Are willing to return to your own country to work or study
  • Can provide evidence of English Language ability e.g. IELTS certificate


The following courses are eligible for the scholarship at our Scottish campuses for the academic year 2017-18:

  • MSc Advanced Computer Systems Development
  • MSc Waste and Resource Management
  • MSc Biotechnology
  • MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Scholarship amount

Covers the cost of tuition fees, travel and living expenses.

How to apply

Further information on eligibility and application procedures can be found on the Commonwealth Scholarships website.

Scotland's Saltire Scholarships

This scholarship is available to self-funded (non-EU) students applying to UWS from the following countries:

  • Canada
  • China
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • United States of America

Scholarship Amount


How to apply

Applications are made online through the Scotland's Saltire Scholarships webpages.

Alternative Sources of Funding

There are lots of alternative sources of funding, like charities and trusts, that can help finance your postgraduate studies. These can include grants that can pay tuition fees, living cost support and funding for research expenses.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding is a web resource that UWS subscribe to, making it free for our students and prospective students to use. It includes a funding database of over 600 charities and trusts, and access comprehensive guidance on how to produce a high-quality application.

  • Accessing this guide from a campus PC? You can automatically log in without creating an account.
  • Already have a UWS email account? You can create an account in less than 30 seconds.
  • Are you a prospective student? We understand you won’t be able to access our campus PCs nor will you have a UWS email address. Simply email the Funding and Advice Team at, and we will send you a PIN to access this resource.

The University has also compiled a list of trust funds and scholarships available to UWS students – although this is not exclusive to postgraduate students.


Childcare funds

International students may be eligible for a range of UWS administered childcare funds that provide financial support for those who need it the most.


Find out more about childcare


As an international student, you will not receive funding to support your cost of living so should carefully consider how you will meet these costs during your studies.

Please visit our money advice pages for information on how you can make your money go further. This includes information on housing, food, banking and lifestyle choices.


If you have any questions about the funding you might be eligible for, please do not hesitate to contact our Funding and Advice Team.

Last updated: 11/10/2017