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Scholarships and bursaries

Our scholarships and bursaries

We don't want you to be discouraged from university study due to financial reasons so we offer scholarships, awards and bursaries. They aren't like a loan because you don't need to pay them back.

We award them for different reasons based on your personal circumstances and achievements. You can use the money to reduce your tuition fees or to assist with expenses.

What you need to know

  • You can apply for more than one scholarship
  • You can only receive one scholarship at one time so if you have been awarded more than one, you will automatically be awarded the one of highest value
  • The decision of the Scholarships Committee about awards is final.

Depending on your family's income, you might also be entitled to more support from the government through loans and grants. See our information on undergraduate finance and postgraduate finance.

Find a scholarship, award or bursary

  • Undergraduate prospective students starting in 2023

MDX Student Starter Kit

At Middlesex, we don’t think the cost of living should stop you from achieving your goals.

Our MDX Student Starter Kit gives you the tools you need to kick-start your studies, and hopefully worry less about your budget.

Amount: Package including tech, food and drink vouchers and a grant worth up to £1,000

Eligibility: You must be a new student (joining the University in September 2023) and studying any subject at undergraduate level.

There are a limited number of kits available, so we’re looking for students to share how this support will help them succeed at Middlesex.

To be eligible for a kit, you’ll need to:

  • apply for Middlesex to start in Autumn 2023 (this must be your first undergraduate degree)
  • meet the full criteria and adhere to our t’s and c’s on the registration form

Apply for the student Starter Kit.

The MDX Excellence Scholarship

The MDX Excellence Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic potential.

Amount: £2,000 per academic year (maximum of £6,000 total)

Eligibility: You must be a new student (joining the University in September 2023) and studying any subject at undergraduate level.

We are looking for future scholars who can showcase not only their academic talents, but also their potential to make a positive impact within their field.

You will strive for excellence in your studies with us and have a keen interest in expanding your personal and professional experiences.

As a scholar, you’ll be expected to achieve high grades at school or college, such as:

  • A-levels: BBC or above
  • BTEC Level 3: DMM or above
  • T Levels: Merit or above

If you meet the above grade requirements and our full criteria on the registration form, you are eligible to apply.

Find out more information about the scholarship.

The Santander Universities Scholars Programme

Amount: £10,000 per year over three years (£30,000 in total over three years)

The Santander Universities Scholars Programme is a new initiative aimed at developing the potential and increasing the career prospects of current students from groups which are most likely to face challenges when attending university. It provides funding to support students through to graduation, alongside training opportunities to develop their potential and helps them build brighter futures.

The programme will support one current full-time undergraduate student, due to graduate in 2025, throughout the duration of your studies. The recipient will receive £30,000 of funding over three academic years, a series of employability training and development sessions and a dedicated mentor to guide you through the programme.


1. Applicants must be aged 18 or older at the time of applying
2. Applicable to applicants in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
3. Applicants must self-identify as part of (at least) 1 of the 10 following underrepresented groups:

  • Students from areas of low higher education participation, low household income or low socioeconomic status
  • Black, Asian and minority ethnic students
  • Mature students
  • Disabled students
  • Care experienced students
  • Carers
  • Students estranged from their families
  • Students from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
  • Refugees
  • Students from military families

4. Applicants must qualify as a Home Fee Status student

5. Applicants must not be receiving more than £1,500 per year in external sponsorship for their degree, for example, from other sources such as industry bodies/employers (University Core Bursaries and Government grants do not affect your eligibility)

6. Applicants must confirm they meet the above criteria (points 1-5) upon submitting their application

Apply here for this programme and to find out more.

The closing date to apply for this programme is Tuesday 31 January 2023.

The Professor Malcolm Sargeant Scholarship

Amount: £2,000
Eligibility: You must be a resident of England or Wales. You must be an incoming student (joining the University in September 2022) and studying any subject at undergraduate level.

Are you a new student starting your course at Middlesex this year? Then you could be eligible to apply for The Professor Malcolm Sargeant Scholarship. The Scholarship is new for the academic year 2022/2023 and is to the value of £2,000. It will be distributed in 3 instalments throughout the year and is available to an incoming student studying any subject.

This scholarship was donated by the Professor Malcolm Sargeant Charitable Trust, which was set up in memory of Professor Malcolm Sargeant. Professor Sargeant was the first of his family to go to university, and this changed his life and his future. As a legacy to him and his life the Malcolm Sargeant Charitable Trust supports future students to achieve their goals by helping with access to a university education.

If you match the criteria below then you are eligible to complete this application form and apply for the Scholarship.

  • A resident of England or Wales
  • An incoming student (joining the University in September 2022)
  • Studying any subject at undergraduate level

  • Priority will be given to those who are the first in their generation to go to university
  • Priority will be given to those who can demonstrate financial hardship and the impact this scholarship will have on their studies.

The closing date to apply for this Scholarship has now passed and applications are being reviewed.
We will be in touch with applicants shortly.

  • The Optivo Study4Success Award

    Amount: A free Optivo room in halls on the Middlesex University campus (Platt, Writtle or Usher) for one academic year
    Eligibility: You must be a UK student, already living in social housing accommodation and have completed voluntary work in your local community

    Optivo is one of the largest housing associations in the UK providing over 90,000 people with a place to call home in 44,000 units of accommodation in London, the South East & the Midlands. They kindly provide the Study4Success scholarship to one incoming undergraduate student, covering accommodation rent for the 40 week academic year in one of our halls of residence, Platt, Writtle or Usher.

    Criteria for this award:

    • You must be a UK student.
    • You must be already living in social housing accommodation.

    Priority will be given to those who have volunteered or worked in their local community, delivering a positive social impact for others.

    The deadline to apply for this Award has now passed.

  • Whatuni Financial Support Bursaries

    Amount: £2,000 (provided to Middlesex as an award winner at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022)
    Eligibility: UK undergraduate student from underrepresented background including care leavers and those from low income households. (More eligibility criteria on application form)

    Five bursaries have been provided by Whatuni to support UK students with a background under-represented in higher education. These bursaries were provided to us following our winning entry at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022. You can use this bursary to cover costs that prevent you from fully participating with us at Middlesex. This may include expenditure towards your accommodation, travel, study aids or childcare responsibilities.

    A supporting statement (200 - 400 words) will be required to help our team assess award applications for the bursary. Please provide details in your application form referencing the criteria below:

    • What are your motivations for attending Middlesex University?
    • Do you have any barriers limiting your opportunities to join and succeed at university?
    • How do you feel that receiving this bursary would support your goals?
    • If you feel there are no barriers, please elaborate on how you think the bursary would help you to progress and succeed.

    All UG students with home status that meet the eligibility are encouraged to apply for the bursary.

    Applications have now closed, if you applied for a Whatuni bursary we will get in touch with you by Tuesday 4 October 2022. For any queries, please email MDXBursaries@mdx.ac.uk

Whatuni Financial Support Bursaries terms and conditions

  1. You must be a Full-Time enrolled student on an undergraduate degree starting on Year 1 of the 3-year degree and in continued attendance at the time of any payment. If you defer your university place, the bursary is not transferrable to subsequent years.
  2. Any outstanding debt to the University at the time of payment will be deducted from your bursary.
  1. You have read and agree to the Whatuni Bursaries 2022 Recipients Terms and Conditions.
  1. You agree to actively participate in various activities to promote your image and case study as a bursary recipient. This may include attending a filmed interview, writing about your experience and/or publishing social media posts.
  1. Each question is to be anonymously scored (does not meet, meets, or exceeds criteria) by a panel consisting of at least one MDX professional staff member, MDX academic staff member and a representative from a local college.

EU/EEA Scholarship

In order to continue our support for European students, we are offering a bursary to offer holders who start their studies in October 2022 or January 2023.

International Undergraduate students

Amount: Students will only pay £9,500 per year of their entire undergraduate studies
Eligibility: European Union citizens who have lived in or are permanent residents of the EU/EEA. Students also need to be holding an offer to study at Middlesex. Students with settled or pre-settled status will not be eligible for the bursary, as UK fees will automatically apply.

There is no need to apply. The Scholarship is automatically applied.

Significant achievement in sport

Amount: Ranging from £200 to £1,000
Eligibility: Any undergraduate or postgraduate student demonstrating a significant achievement in sport.

If you are competing at a regional or national level in your sport, you could be eligible for support and funding through the Middlesex Sport Scholarship Scheme. This is for talented sports performers, who are keen to continue their sporting endeavours and compete for the University.

There are three levels of scholarship available with financial support ranging from £200 to £1,000 in any academic year. The decision on the level of financial support offered to successful applicants will be made by the Scholarships Committee, whose decision is final.

Applications must be supported by a written reference and evidence relevant to your sporting achievements.

For more information about sports scholarships please email scholarships@mdx.ac.uk or call +44 (0)208 411 5415.

The deadline to apply for these scholarships is Friday 8 September 2023.

Apply Here

Updates to postgraduate awards

We are revising our offer of financial support to ensure it best meets the current needs of students. Further announcements will be made on postgraduate awards in June.

Scholarships for Women in STEM?

Middlesex University London is pleased to announce British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM during the 2022/23 academic year.

Find out more

  • Postgraduate prospective students starting in 2022

    • The Alumni Bursary

      Amount: Reduction of up to 20% of the tuition fee
      Eligibility: Please see details of eligibility below

      We offer all Middlesex University alumni who are UK/EU citizens a 20% fee reduction on postgraduate courses. International alumni can benefit from 20% off their masters fees if they are not in receipt of any regional awards. Alumni from our Academic Partner Institutions are entitled to a 10% reduction in fees.

      This offer applies to all alumni with a Middlesex undergraduate degree, including those who studied with a collaborative partner (subject to eligibility). There is no separate application process for your alumni bursary - simply highlight that you are an alumni when applying for your course to ensure the bursary is applied.

      The Alumni Bursary is only applicable if you are self-financing. Where courses are part sponsored such as the MA Social Work, The Alumni Bursary will only apply to the fee contribution paid by you. For International alumni who apply through our regional offices, The Alumni Bursary cannot be held in addition in any regional awards.

      Please note the Alumni Discount is only valid for courses where the future study is undertaken at Middlesex University, London. International campus alumni discounts may vary, please check their websites for details. It is not applicable to Middlesex courses run at our academic partner institutions.

      If you are unsure as to whether you are eligible for the Alumni Discount then please Submit your Query online

      There are some instances when the alumni bursary will NOT be applicable:

      • Continuation from PGCert/PGDip to masters courses
      • Introductory courses run through the MDX Summer School as pathways into postgraduate degrees
      • PGCE and integrated masters courses, as these attract other types of funding
      • Students in receipt of any other discount or bursary, including international merits/regional awards and other fee waivers
      • Top-up courses
      • Courses at our validated partner institutions


      Self-financing students returning to complete a second programme of study, who are not in receipt of another type of discount (including regional awards) having already been awarded a Middlesex degree, will be able to claim an Alumni tuition fee discount. Middlesex University students (UK/EU and International students) who have successfully completed an Undergraduate direct-entry into years 2 or 3 (Top-ups), and graduates from validated and franchise institutions would receive a 20% discount. Again this is dependent on them not being in receipt of any other regional award or Scholarship. This discount is not applicable to students being Sponsored by an organisation or business.

      The University offers all Alumni a 20% fee reduction on postgraduate courses. This scheme is open to UK, EU and International students studying full time or part time postgraduate studies. There is no separate application process for the Alumni bursary. Students are advised when applying for a course, to highlight that they are an Alumni during the admissions process to ensure the bursary is applied. This discount is only valid at Middlesex University London. Alumni applying to International campuses are advised to check their websites for details. For the avoidance of doubt, an Alumni discount is not applicable where a student is moving from a foundation course to an Undergraduate degree or to a PGCE course.

      CPD Courses

      Students who are undertaking a Continuing Professional Qualification (CPD) at Middlesex University, or are completing a single module of study under a CPD qualification will not be entitled to the Alumni discount.

    • Commonwealth scholarship

      Amount: Full Postgraduate tuition fees, airfare to and from the UK and a living allowance
      Eligibility: Citizen or permanent resident of a Commonwealth country, undergraduate honours degree of at least upper second class and you must be unable to afford to study in the UK without the scholarship

      The Commonwealth Scholarship scheme is aimed specifically at students from disadvantaged backgrounds across the Commonwealth. By funding postgraduate studies in a range of different study formats, it helps to support innovators and leaders of the future. This historic award is the UK’s primary scholarship scheme focused on supporting British international development goals. It is designed to attract outstanding talent to UK universities whilst also supporting sustainable development overseas.

      To apply please complete the application form on the Commonwealth Scholarship website.

      Applications for this scholarship will reopen in December 2022

    • Chevening scholarship

      Amount: Full Postgraduate tuition fees
      Eligibility: Please check the full list of criteria

      Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations, Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential and strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers full financial support to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst also gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural experiences.

      To apply please complete the application form on the Chevening Scholarship website.

      Applications for this scholarship will reopen in September 2022

    • EU bursary

      EU/EEA Scholarship

      In order to continue our support for European students, we are offering a bursary to offer holders who start their studies in October 2022 or January 2023.

      International Postgraduate students

      Amount: Students will receive a discount meaning they will only pay an additional £250 on top of the UK course fees for their postgraduate studies
      Eligibility: European Union citizens who have lived in or are permanent residents of the EU/EEA. Students also need to be holding an offer to study at Middlesex. Students with settled or pre-settled status will not be eligible for the bursary, as UK fees will automatically apply.

      There is no need to apply. The Scholarship is automatically applied.

      For more information about the Undergraduate or Postgraduate scholarship, please contact our team.

  • Financial support while you study

Living Costs Fund

The Living Costs Fund, which is available throughout the academic year, is designed to provide a safety net to help you to continue to study. The fund provides support for small unexpected costs and support, as you adjust to higher living costs whilst studying. The fund is open to all enrolled students, or those retaking modules this year. Money or food vouchers don’t need to be repaid, and you can apply more than once.

Find out more about the Living Costs Fund

Laptop Loan Scheme

We understand not everyone will have access to a personal laptop, but we’re determined to make sure this doesn’t hinder your learning. Laptops are accessible to all via our laptop loan scheme. During the pandemic, we purchased an extra 1000 additional laptops, meaning access is better than ever before.

More information on how to apply

MDX is the only UK university to provide all students with free personal learning materials to assist with their studies.

  • The majority of students will receive the core book from their reading list for free as a personal e-book.
  • Students who require the Adobe Creative Suite for their course will receive access for free, meaning you’re able to access industry standard software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and much more.
  • All printing for your course is free (but we strive to be as green as possible by working digitally).

What our students say

“I do not have enough words to express my appreciation for your incredible support during these difficult times we are facing. Thank you so very much for all your help and consideration. I can certainly say that this award will push me to succeed in my studies without any financial distress.” - Student on receiving financial support, January 2022

  • Course scholarships

The Middlesex University Food Practical Prize

Amount: 2 x £100 awards (one for Undergraduate, one for Postgraduate)

Eligibility: Any MDX Environmental Health student

The Middlesex University Food Safety Prize is available to any Environmental Health student who has demonstrated excellent academic potential, and achieved the best overall performance in their Food Practical exam in the opinion of the Food Practical examiners.

To apply for this scholarship, please email Adam Choonara.

Middlesex University Business School – Dong Hui Fang Award

Amount: £750

Eligibility: You must be a Business School student already in year 1, 2 or 3, or a Business School graduate from 2022 (further eligibility criteria in application form).

This award was kindly donated by Sally Wang, an alumna and graduate of MDX. The award is to recognise the achievements of students from The Business School relating to their academic excellence and positive impact they might have made in the community. There are two Awards available.

The deadline to apply for these Awards has now closed.

  • International students

In addition to the above awards, if you are a student with talent and potential, you may be eligible for either our Regional or International Merit Award, which rewards students with up to £2,000 towards course fees for all taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

We also have a limited number of other awards specific to certain regions, and work in partnership with funding providers in your country to help support you financially with your study.

For more information about what's available to students from your country visit your country information page

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