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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.

Get in touch

Email: scholarships@mdx.ac.uk

Find a scholarship, award or bursary

  • Undergraduate prospective students starting in 2021

Ready for Anything Award 2021

We’re passionate about making our high quality education accessible to all students. This award gives you essential support worth up to £1000 so you can make the most of your journey through uni with us  – and plus you get to choose your reward so it’s personal to you.

Amount:Tailored packages including learning, wellbeing and travel.

Eligibility:Students who register to study with us in 2021 and who pay UK tuition fees.

Get rewarded for your participation and engagement in our Ready for Anything activities and other student events to prepare you for life at Middlesex.

When you start, you’ll have the opportunity to choose your own award and the right support to:

  • benefit from our quality education
  • break down any barriers to your progression through uni
  • get extra help during a challenging time, especially with the impact of Covid 19.

A minimum of 50 awards will be offered this year.

Find out more

  • The Optivo Study4Success Award

    Amount: Cost of accommodation 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, Usher or Ivy.

    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 is Friday 13 August 2021.
    For further information about this scholarship please email l.e.norton@mdx.ac.uk.

    Apply now

  • The Santander Widening Participation Bursary

    Amount: £2,500
    Eligibility: UK undergraduate student and a care leaver or estranged from your family.

    The Santander Widening Participation Bursary is a non-repayable bursary, which might be available to you if you are a UK undergraduate student and a care leaver or if you are estranged from your family. The bursary would be directed towards the payment of your accommodation and/or living expenses during an academic year.

    Santander has kindly funded this bursary which is to the value of £2,500. Eight bursaries are available.

    The deadline for this Bursary has now passed.

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 September 2021 or January 2022.

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.

To apply please complete our online application form.

The deadline to apply is Friday 10 September 2021.

Apply now

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.

  • Postgraduate prospective students starting in 2021

    • 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

      Eligibility

      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 2021

    • 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 2021

    • 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 September 2021 or January 2022.

      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

Student Support Fund

It’s not unusual for students to need some extra financial support to aid their studies when there is a shortfall between income and outgoings. That’s why our main Student Support Fund payments go up to £2500 and all UK students are eligible to apply. Applications open in the autumn and if successful, the size of the payment will be considered on a case by case basis depending on your individual circumstances. Students have previously utilised this support fund in areas such as, covering costs for self-isolation, childcare needs and internet access. Find out more about the Student Support Fund.

Find out more about the Student Support Fund

Summer Support Fund

We are delighted to also now have introduced a second fund tailored to those who need short-term emergency support for living costs, to continue studying or in an emergency. All students are eligible to apply and we’ve designed this support package to be inclusive and immediate, with turnaround for awards of £200 taking only 2 weeks on average. Everything you need to know about the Summer Support Fund.

Everything you need to know about the Summer Support 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 2021

  • 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.

The Glenn Vaus Scholarship

Amount: £750

Eligibility: You must be an Interior Design student in year 1 or 2

The Glenn Vaus Scholarship was set up by the family of Glenn Vaus in his memory. Glenn was an Interior Design Alumni. This Scholarship is open to all Interior Design students progressing to either their second or third year of studies.

The deadline to apply is Friday 27 August 2021.

For further information about this scholarship please email l.e.norton@mdx.ac.uk

Apply now

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 2020 (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.

The deadline to apply is Friday 03 December 2021.

For further information about this scholarship please email l.e.norton@mdx.ac.uk

Apply now

  • 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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