School of Politics and International Relations

Fees and Funding

Postgraduate taught students are responsible for arranging their own funding to cover fees and living expenses. It is best to apply early for your course, giving yourself the maximum amount of time to look for available funding.

The University's postgraduate funding webpage provides information on current scholarships available from the University, as well as other sources of funding.

MA Fee Waiver Competition 2019

The School of Politics and International Relations is delighted to announce the availability of four scholarship opportunities to study on one of our MA programmes for the 2019/20 academic year.

The awards are 50% of the annual fees for the MA courses (Home and EU rates only) for which the fee is £8,865 for 2019/20.

These awards will be offered on a competitive basis and we welcome applications from both full-time and part-time students. Applications are ranked by a school panel, whose judgement is final.

To be considered for these awards you must:

  1. be in receipt of an offer of a place on an MA in the School of Politics and International Relations by 19 June 2019
  2. write a blog post of no more than 750 words on a contemporary political or international relations issue that interests you. The content should be lively and engaging for a general audience and does not need footnotes. The scholarship winners may have their piece posted on the school's high profile blog 'Ballots and Bullets'.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

Please email your application to with the following information:

  • Your name
  • The degree you hold an offer for
  • Your applicant ID number
  • Your blog post
  • Please title your email ‘MA Fee Waiver Competition Application’

Successful candidates will have the awards paid by the school to the University on their behalf upon registration in September 2019.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 for students studying a taught or research masters course.

For further details and eligibility criteria please visit the University's financial support webpages.

European Masters Scholarship

In 2019, we are offering 10 scholarships of £2,000 each towards tuition fees for high-achieving masters students from the EU.

You can apply for this scholarship if you:

  • are classed as a European Union (non-UK) student for fee purposes AND
  • already hold an offer to start a full-time masters degree programme (excluding MRes) at Nottingham in September 2019, in any subject area
  • achieve the equivalent of a UK Upper Second Class (2:1) classification or higher

Closing date: Friday 17 May 2019

Find out more and apply


The current fees for our postgraduate courses can be found on the Student Fees and Finance website.

International students

For further information about funding opportunities for overseas students, please see the international applicants website.

Graduate School

The Graduate School provides step-by-step guides and useful links to help you find the funding you need.



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