Charities, trust funds, bursaries and scholarships are alternative sources of funding which might be available to you. 

You can access the University of Dundee 4 Learning database which enables you to search for alternative funding available both locally and nationally. 

Your local library will hold an index in their reference section. 

Carnegie Vacation Scholarships

The Vacation Scholarship Scheme is intended for Scottish students undertaking an undergraduate degree course at a Scottish university, who have shown exceptional merit at university, and who would like to devote some portion of the long vacation to undertake a programme of independent research of direct benefit to their academic work. More information and how you can apply here.

Commercial credit

Commercial credit may be your only option to fund a course, particularly at postgraduate level.

Many banks offer a government-backed educational loan scheme.

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 3313.

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning.

For further information on financial assistance to support your learning

Scottish Social Services Council-funding for MSc Social Work

Postgraduate Bursaries are available for nominated and eligible students studying the MSc Social Work at the following Universities: The University of Dundee, The University of Edinburgh, Glasgow Caledonian University, The University of Strathclyde, The Robert Gordon University, The University of Stirling and The University of the West of Scotland.

Funding is limited and subject to a quota. Students must be nominated by their University. Nominations are at their discretion. There is no guarantee that a University will nominate a student for a Bursary and they may have more students than quota places. 

The Universities will send lists of nominated students to the SSSC. Those students will be invited to apply. Nomination does not guarantee eligibility for funding. Students will be assessed for residence eligibility, previous funding received and if eligible, entitlement.

 Please see the attached documents for your information:

The Bursary consists of:

  • Tuition fees (please note that the maximum amount may not cover the full fee, please check with your chosen University). The portion of fees is paid directly to the relevant University on the student’s behalf.
  • Means-tested grant and means-tested allowances (connected to dependants in the family). The Means-tested grant is assessed using students’ unearned income; husband’s/wife's/civil partner’s income; or if a student is under 25 on the relevant date, we will take into account parental income.
  • Placement Travel Expenses: all eligible students will receive £500 towards travel during their Practice Placement.

The minimum an eligible student could be awarded each year are the Tuition Fees and Placement Travel Expenses.

As a guide: if they are nominated and eligible, a single person over 25, living in their own home, could be awarded (in 2017/18) a Means-tested grant of around £3949.00 per annum; £500 Placement Travel Expenses and the Tuition Fees.

Also, note that if you have studied a Postgraduate course previously we will require further information about this if you are nominated, as this may also affect your eligibility.

The Bursary is dependant on your registration with the SSSC Registry. In any case, if you have received an offer of a place on the MSc Social Work course in Scotland you must apply for registration as your course also depends on this. Please contact the SSSC Registry at or call 0345 6030891 for further information.

If you are not nominated or eligible for a Bursary you could seek funding information at the following organisations:

UK wide:

- Professional Career Development Loan (see Commercial Credit above) – Call National Careers service 0800 100 900;

- Prospects

Other UK:

- NHS Business Services Authority (England) - 08456 101122;

- Skills for Care (England);

- Social Care Wales - 0300 30 33 444;

- Northern Ireland Social Care Council;

- Student Finance Northern Ireland