Charities, trust funds, bursaries and scholarships are alternative sources of funding which might be available to you. You can use these webpages to search for funding:

Carnegie Trust Undergraduate Tuition Fee Grants

In light of the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on employment and skills in Scotland, the Carnegie Trust wishes to support individuals whose career has been affected by the crisis. To this end, the Trust has set aside a budget to fund students who have already completed an undergraduate degree and wish to start a degree in a different field of study in academic year 2020-21. They will consider applications from students who meet the general eligibility requirements of theirundergraduate tuition fee grant scheme and also meet the following criteria:

  • They have completed their first degree at least two years before the start of their new course;
  • They have been unable to gain employment in the subject area of their previous degree, are unemployed, have been furloughed or are facing redundancy as a consequence of the Covid 19 pandemic;
  • They wish to re-skill in a different field of study, unrelated to their previous qualifications and recognised as being in a skills shortage area for the Scottish economy. Eligible undergraduate degree courses are (listed by subject area):
    • Medicine and health: medicine; dentistry; nursing; midwifery; medical and diagnostic radiography; paramedic science; speech and language therapy; occupational therapy; psychology (BSc); veterinary science;
    • Social work;
    • IT & Computing: software development and engineering; web design, cyber security; big data analysis;
    • Engineering and architecture: civil, mechanical and electrical engineering; chemical and production engineering; building engineering, quantity surveying and architecture;
    • Quantitative sciences: economics, actuarial science, statistics;
    • Geosciences: geology; geochemistry; geophysics; hydrology
    • Biosciences: biology; biochemistry
    • Cultural and creative studies: performing arts; arts, culture, museum and heritage studies, specifically management and enterprise studies in the heritage, museum, creative or performing art sectors.

Further information and how to apply is available from their website:

Scottish Social Services Council-funding for MSc Social Work

Postgraduate Bursaries are available for nominated and eligible students studying the Full-time 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, The University of the West of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University.

Funding is limited and subject to a quota. Students must be nominated by their University for each year of the course. Please contact the School of Education and Social Work as 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 School of Education and Social Work 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.

If a student is not nominated initially, nominations can change over the assessment period. If at anytime a place becomes available they may nominate another student on the course. 

Please see the attached documents for your information:

The overall Bursary consists of various allowances and are intended as a contribution towards the costs of study:

  • Tuition fees - the maximum contribution the Postgraduate Bursary Scheme is approved to pay towards course fees this academic year is £3415. The maximum amount may not cover the full fee so please check this with with your chosen University. The contribution towards fees is paid directly to the relevant University on the student’s behalf. See our guide on how to pay the remainder of your Tuition Fees.
  • Means-tested grant and means-tested allowances (connected to dependants in the family). The Means-tested grant allowance 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, where applicable. The dependants allowances are assessed using a co-habitee’s 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 2020/21) 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 and received public funding for this within the previous year, we will require further information if you are nominated, as this may also affect your eligibility.

Important: The Bursary is dependent 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 view or 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 or at your chosen Universities: 


- Skills Development Scotland (ITA) (

Note: the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) ( do not support the MSc Social Work (full-time or distance-learning) via loan or grant.


UK wide:

- National Union of Students (NUS) (;

- Prospects (

- - search for any postgraduate course in the UK (


Other UK (students ordinarily resident in other countries of the UK):

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

- Student Finance England (;

- Social Care Wales ( 0300 30 33 444;

- Northern Ireland Social Care Council (;

- Student Finance Northern Ireland (