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Wales STEMM Bursary

If you’re resident in Wales and studying towards an eligible Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine (STEMM) masters you might be able to claim additional funding.

You could get up to £2,000 of non-repayable funding to help towards your study or living costs.

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Postgraduate STEMM bursary

If you’re living in Wales and planning on studying towards a Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine (STEMM) masters qualification, you could be eligible for some additional funding towards study or living costs.

What can I get?

You could get up to £2,000 over two or three years, depending on the duration of the masters you choose to study towards. The fund is paid directly to you, after you’ve started your studies and it’s non-repayable – meaning you don’t pay it back.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for the STEMM bursary, you’ll need to meet all the following criteria:

  • ordinarily resident in Wales
  • eligible to pay the Welsh fee
  • studying a new eligible masters qualification starting in the 2020/2021 academic year
  • studying an eligible STEMM masters degree from the list below
  • have no credit transfer or prior study towards your masters
  • not already hold a masters degree, or equivalent or higher level qualification.

Eligible qualifications

For the 2020/2021 academic year, the following masters are eligible for the STEMM bursary.
Each link will take you to the relevant qualification page, in a new tab.

How do payments work?

You’ll be paid instalments over the duration of your masters – either two or three years. As the bursary is paid directly to you, the payments will only begin after you’ve actively started studying.

The example below shows how the bursary would be paid in instalments over a three-year masters degree, beginning in October. Alternative payment structures will apply to masters with different start dates and durations.

Year October January April Total
1 £220 £220 £220 £660
2 £220 £220 £220 £660
3 £220 £220 £240 £680

How do I apply for a STEMM bursary?

You’ll need to read the bursary terms and conditions in full before completing the bursary application form.

In the application form, be sure to show how you meet the eligibility criteria. It can then be submitted by post or by email to our Student Fees team. Contact details can be found on the application form.

Applications must be submitted no later than nine months after the first day of the seasonal academic year in which your masters degree begins.


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Financial support

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Find out if you’re eligible for Postgraduate Financial Support

Wales 60+ bursary

If you’re aged 60 or over at the start of your masters’ seasonal academic year, you could receive a non-repayable bursary of up to £4,000 towards study or living costs.

Learn more about the Wales 60+ bursary