Funding for UK/EU students: taught masters degrees

Cyber Security Postgraduate Bursaries Scheme


University of York is participating in The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) postgraduate bursaries initiative to help adults retrain for a career in cyber security by taking a National Cyber Security Centre certified masters degree. This initiative is supported by the National Cyber Security Programme – the Government’s £1.9 billion investment to significantly transform the UK’s cyber security.

The bursary funding will cover students starting in academic year 18/19 and cover tuition fees only. There is a strong focus on encouraging more women in to the sector to address the current under-representation in the cyber security workforce. This reflected in the criteria set out below.

Eligible students will be selected by the university and must meet the following essential criteria:

  • Be undertaking the course specified above and not undertaking any other forms of formal education.
  • Not previously held employment as a cyber security professional (cyber security was not a significant part of any previous job function – i.e. less than 50% of a previous job role).
  • Must meet the nationality and residency requirements in the Masters Loan England eligibility criteria. Universities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will apply the relevant Masters Loan residency and nationality requirements of their national equivalent.
  • Have not previously been awarded a bursary under the DCMS Cyber Security Postgraduate Bursaries Scheme

In addition candidates must: 

  • Demonstrate a clear and credible intention to become a cyber security professional in the UK, and how the bursary materially assists achieve that. 

Email to request an application form.

York Graduate Loyalty Discount

If you've completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount. Further details

UK Government loans

If you plan to take a postgraduate masters course, you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs.  

Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for masters study will be:

  • contribution towards the cost of study, ie it will be at the student's discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs;
  • non-means tested;
  • paid directly to the student into a UK bank account.

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Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that can be used to pay for your studies. You can borrow between £300 to £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate, with no interest to pay while you're studying.

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Other funding resources

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Funding for international students: taught masters degrees

Academic Excellence scholarships

The new Academic Excellence scholarships will offer an award of up to £5,000 for the student’s first year of study.

All international (non-EU) offer-holders will be eligible to apply online from Thursday 1 February 2018.
The selection criteria will be academic merit.

In order to support University objectives for diversity and market development, a certain proportion of scholarships will be reserved for students of specific countries.

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Russian Government Scholarship Programme

The University of York is on the list of approved institutions for the Russian Government Global Education Programme. 

Further details (under 'Fees and funding opportunities')