Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Fees and funding for theology and religious studies students

There is a wide range of financial support available for students at the University of Nottingham. The support available depends on many factors such as:

  • subject
  • award level
  • where you live
  • income

Many of the financial support options require you to hold an offer of a place to study at Nottingham before you can make an application for funding.

It is therefore highly recommended that you begin the application process in time to meet the funding deadlines.


General funding information including bursaries and scholarships


Postgraduate funding

General information


Masters Degree Funding

Digital Humanities Centre Scholarship

The Digital Humanities Centre at the University of Nottingham invites applications for one MA/MSc Scholarship to provide support in the Centre. The Scholarship is available for postgraduate study in the Departments of Classics & Archaeology, History, History of Art, Music, Philosophy, and Theology and Religious Studies. The award pays an amount equivalent to UK/EU tuition fees for one year of full-time or two years of part-time postgraduate masters study. It can be awarded as a tuition fee or a stipendiary scholarship.

Further information and application form

Lillian M Ruff Postgraduate Scholarship 

The scholarship is equivalent to the full cost of the UK/EU fee for a part-time taught MA course in the School of Humanities. There will be one recipient in 2017/18.

Dr Lillian M Ruff is a graduate of the University of Nottingham who has generously established this scholarship in her name.


  • Be enrolled in the first year of a part-time taught postgraduate MA course in the School of Humanities at the University of Nottingham in 2017.
  • Meet the residency requirements for a ‘home’ or European Union student, and be liable for the relevant home/EU fee.
  • Be a self-funded student.
  • Have a low income which necessitates your continuing to work throughout your course and be working prior to your starting on the course. 

Closing date for applications 28 July 2017.

Full details and application form

Scholarships for international students

A range of funding is available for students from different countries.

See the full range of Masters scholarships available

Government supported loans

Student Loan Company

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 for eligible students who are studying a taught or research Masters course commencing in September 2016/17. 

Full details on the Student Services website

Professional and career development loans

Commercial loans supported by the Skills Funding Agency. The Government pays the interest on the loan while you are studying.

More information on the Student Services website


Research Degrees Funding

Midlands3Cities PhD funding - applications open. Deadline 15 January 2018.

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP) provides UK/EU research candidates with:

  • funding
  • expert supervision (including opportunities for cross-institutional supervision)
  • training
  • access to a wide range of facilities
  • cohort events
  • placement opportunities with regional, national and international partners in the creative and cultural sectors.

Full details on the M3C DTP and how to apply


The M3C DTP is a collaboration between:

  • University of Birmingham
  • Birmingham City University
  • De Montfort University
  • University of Leicester
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Nottingham. 
Sir Francis Hill Postgraduate Scholarship - applications for 2017 entry now closed

One Sir Francis Hill Scholarship is available for the academic year 2017/18. This award is open to nominations from the Faculties of Social Sciences and Arts. This Scholarship is founded by a bequest under the will of Sir Francis Hill, Chancellor of the University, 1971–1978.


Students with a conditional or an unconditional offer on a PhD research programme at the University of Nottingham, or who are currently in the first year of their PhD are eligible to apply. International students are eligible to apply but funding is only at the level of HEU fees and maintenance grant. Each School may nominate one student. The award is for full time students only.

Value of the award

Remission of full time HEU, research postgraduate fees and maintenance grant at Research Council rates (i.e. £4,121 and £14,296 for 2016/17). The expected start date for awards is 1st October 2017. The Scholarship can be awarded for up to three years provided that the student makes satisfactory progress.


The application form gives the process for its completion and an indication of how applicants will be assessed.

• Section one of the form to be completed by the student

• Section two to be completed by two supervisors

• Section three to be completed by the Director of Postgraduate Studies or equivalent after the application deadline.

Applicants are asked to liaise with their first and second supervisors to complete Sections 1 and 2 of the form by the application deadline of Friday 28 April 2017*. 

Section 3 will be completed after the submission deadline.

Application forms should be submitted (in Word format) by email to the PGR Team at University Park West Student Service Centre:

*Applicants who are struggling to meet the deadline may submit the application form with just Section 1 completed. In this case the applicant must add the names of the first and second supervisor to Section 2.

This is a competitive award and after an internal sifting process the School of Humanities will nominate one candidate to the Graduate School by Thursday 25 May 2017. The winning candidate will receive a letter from the Associate Dean of the Graduate School in late June.

Download application form (Word document)

Scholarships for international students

A range of funding is available for students from different countries.

See the full range of PhD scholarships available


Masters and Research Degrees Funding

The Memorial Scholarship

The Memorial Scholarship is awarded to academically talented applicants (as assessed by their School). A maximum of £1,250 is available to award between successful applicants in each academic year.

Please note that the eligibility criteria for this award have been amended - please see below/application form for details.

Eligibility is restricted to the following students: 

  • Postgraduate research students, full-time or part-time, registered on the MA (by research) in Theology/Religious Studies, MRes in Theology/Religious Studies or PhD in Theology/Religious Studies and undertaking research in Hebrew Bible.

For more information on the scholarship and how to apply for it, please download the application form (pdf).



External sources of funding

The Culham Educational Foundation 
(Consideration will be given only to applicants who live or work in the Diocese of Oxford)

Tuition fees



Department of Theology and Religious Studies

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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