Funding Opportunities for International students on a Taught programme

International (non-EU) students commencing a Taught programme can be supported through University schemes or external schemes such as those listed below. 

Please click on the funding title for a brief description of the scheme. Our Funding & Scholarship Calculator is also available to provide information on possible funding opportunities and is updated on a regular basis.


International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships (IPES)

International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships (IPES) for 2019-2020

Up to 13 scholarships, each worth £5,000 towards tuition fees will be available for International (non-EU) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2019.

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK 1st class honours degree or the equivalent award).

Separate application forms are not required in order to be considered for one of these awards. An application for a place on a taught Master's degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 23rd August 2019.

Acceptance of an offer of an award, and payment of the £2000 course deposit, must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.

For further information, please see the regulations for the International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships (IPES) 2019-2020.


Aberystwyth International Scholarships (AIS)

Aberystwyth International Scholarships (AIS) for 2019-2020

Scholarships worth £2,000 towards tuition fees are available for International (non-EU) students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses or a Research Programme (MPhil, LLM by Research or PhD) in September 2019. 

Separate application forms are not required. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on an eligible programme at  must be received by 23rd August 2019.

Selection will be on the basis of academic performance and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course.

Acceptance of an offer of an award, and payment of the £2000 deposit, must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.

For further information, please see the regulations for the Aberystwyth International Scholarships (AIS) 2019-2020


Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

Aberystwyth University has been offered the allocation of 2 awards for 2019/20 for the following approved course:

                        MSc Animal Science

                       MSc Livestock Science

                       MRes Parasite Control


All Shared Scholarship applications must be made via the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s EAS system and not through our University’s application potal.

Further information is available on the CSC’s website

It is important that candidates are not selected for nomination first and then asked to complete the EAS as this causes delays. Candidates will only be expected to apply for a place on the relevant course through the University’s Application Portal system at a later stage at the shortlisting stage.

Candidates must have at the very least an upper second (2.i) Bachelors Honours degree in a cognate discipline (e.g. Biological Sciences, Animal Science, Agricultural Science or a closely related discipline). In reality, many candidates will have 1st class degree.

The Comparing Qualification matrix  will be used to compare international qualifications with a UK 2.i Honours degree.

Candidates must also be able to evidence their level of proficiency in the English language. For further information, please see our English Language Requirements 


Eligible Commonwealth countries:

Bangladesh; Cameroon; Ghana; Guyana; India; Kenya; Kiribati; Lesotho; Malawi; Mozambique; Nigeria; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea; Rwanda; Samoa; Sierra Leone; Solomon Islands; Sri Lanka; Swaziland; Tanzania; Tuvalu; Uganda; Vanuatu; Zambia.


The 2019 Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme Terms & Conditions will be available on the CSC's website, in advance of the EAS opening for applications on 12 January 2019.  Applicantions must be completed via the EAS by 16:00 on 14 March 2019.


Aber-grad Scholarships

We offer a Scholarship towards Taught Masters (excluding PGCE), LLM by research and MPhil tuition fees for Aberystwyth University graduates registering for study in 2019.

The Aber-Grad Scholarship applies to both UK/EU and International students. You must hold at least a 2:2 undergraduate degree from Aberystwyth University to be considered eligible for the Aber- Grad Scholarship. The scheme covers all modes of study (full-time, part-time and distance learning) but does not cover staff candidates.

If you hold a First Class Bachelors (Hons.) degree, then the scholarship will be 20% of your tuition fees. Holders of Second Class degrees are eligible for a scholarship worth 10% of your Taught Masters tuition fee.

An Application for an eligible course must be received by 27th July 2019 at the latest. You do not need to apply separately for this loyalty discount. It is automatically awarded to students on enrolment where eligible.

Applicants may only hold the Aber-Grad scholarship with other funding providing as the combined amount does not exceed 50% of the Masters Tuition fees. Please note that the regulations of other scholarships often prevent them from being held with other awards. It is the applicants’ responsibility to check this. Loans are not treated as scholarships for this purpose. 


If you have any queries about the Aber-Grad Scholarship, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office ( Please note that this scheme is subject to annual review.

Stafford and Grad Plus Federal Loan Programs

(For students from the USA only)

Please visit the US Federal Loans for relevant details.

Chevening Scholarships

Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree, in any subject and at any of the UK’s leading universities.

For information on applying for a Chevening Scholarship, please see

Aberystwyth University – GREAT Scholarships 2019 – Malaysia & China

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, Aberystwyth University is offering two scholarships to students in Malaysia and four scholarships to students in China applying for any of our postgraduate taught courses. 

This scholarship scheme is part of the "GREAT Scholarships 2019 - East Asia" campaign, which has been launched by the British Council together with 28 UK universities to support more students in East Asia to get access to the excellent UK higher education opportunities. It offers an exciting opportunity for East Asian students wishing to gain financial support to pursue postgraduate study in the UK.

The Scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (Bachelor's degree with minimum 2nd class upper division).  Separate scholarship application forms are not required.  Applicants should write 'I am applying for the GREAT Scholarship' on their postgraduate application form.

To be considered for the GREAT Scholarship 2019:

  1. Applicants should be passport holders of Malaysia or China.
  2. Applicants from China must submit an application for a taught Master's degree at Aberystwyth University by 30th March 2019. In addition, acceptance of an offer of an award, and payment of the £2,000 course deposit, must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.
  3. Applicants from Malaysia must submit an application for a taught Master's degree at Aberystwyth by 30th June 2019.  In addition, acceptance of an offer of an award, and payment of the £2,000 course deposit, must be received within 2 weeks of being offered.

For more information on the GREAT Scholarships 2019, please visit the British Council's country website in your country.

British Council

International students are strongly encouraged to approach the British Council in their home countries at the earliest date possible to enquire about assistance.  In addition, most British Council offices will have a library of resources that you can use to find out about independent charities and trusts that may have scholarships to award in your chosen field of study.

For further information visit the British Council website

US Fulbright Scholarship

In the 2019/20 cycle (September 2019 entry), one Fulbright-Aberystwyth University International Relations Award will be offered to pursue a Master’s degree programme within the department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University (i.e. either the MA International Relations (S or RT) or the MA Welsh Politics & Society (S or RT)).

Please see the Fulbright website for details:

US Marshall Scholarships

(Students from the USA only)

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. At least forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at a UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.

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