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Durham University

Department of Sociology

Funding and Bursaries

Funding for 2020 Entry

We have a limited number of NHSBSA Social Work Bursaries available to eligible students.

Students who are eligible for and nominated a social work bursary from Durham University are not eligible to apply for a postgraduate loan.

Find out more on the Postgraduate Loans pages.

A tuition fee discount of 10% will be awarded to any self-funding Durham alumni who was successful in completing a qualification at Durham University at degree level or above. Further details including eligibility and FAQ can be found via the following link:

NHSBSA Bursary Information

The Durham MSW attracts bursaries for EU students that are administered by the NHS Bursary Advisory Service. More information about the bursary can be found here:

Please note, the number of NHSBSA social work bursaries are capped each year and these are normally allocated on a first-come-first-served basis to applicants firmly accepting offers for the coming year. To find out about availability of bursaries please contact the admissions tutor via

NEFirst Postgraduate Loan Scheme

An MSW student can apply for a £4,000 loan towards fees at the beginning of Year 1 (which would be £2,000 for Year 1 and £2,000 for Year 2), but would only receive the £4,000 payment at the beginning of Year 2 after they have registered. Then they would start to repay the loan after they have completed the 2-year course, and would have 4 years to repay it. For further information on NEFirst loans please click here.