Alumni 25% Fee Scholarship
We very much hope our graduates continue to have an active and beneficial relationship with us throughout their lives and careers, and want to do all we can to enable this.
Given the current global circumstances, we realise that an even greater number of our graduating students from the ‘Class of 2020’, as well as existing members of our global alumni community, will be considering options for further study, retraining, and career advancement.
If further study is something you are considering at this time, we are keen to support you in realising this through the launch the Durham University Alumni 25% Fee Scholarship. This Scholarship will contribute 25% of the cost of tuition fees for all postgraduate taught Masters programmes across all faculties of the University - MA, MSc, LLM, PGCE and all MBA and other taught Masters programmes - providing support of up to £7,875*.
As long as you hold your first degree from Durham University and you are applying for a course which begins within the 2020-21 academic year, you are automatically eligible for this Scholarship – you do not need to apply separately.
Once you have selected your postgraduate course of interest from our course catalogue all you need to do is highlight your status as an alumnus on your application as per our guidelines below and the fee discount will be applied.
For students who commenced their studies during or after academic year 2017/18 on a postgraduate course, they will continue to be eligible for the existing fee discount they received in previous years (usually 10%, although for some postgraduate taught students in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities it was 25%).
For alumni who commence a new postgraduate research programme, including MRes, they will be eligible for a 10% fee discount in academic year 2020/21 (and for subsequent years of their course).
For the purposes of both schemes, an alumni is defined as someone who has been awarded a degree qualification by Durham University, and who studied at Durham University (ie not a degreed conferred by the University for study at another institution). A student in receipt of government loans for study is considered self-funding. The schemes do not apply to students receiving funding for their studies.
Please see the guidelines of how to apply below, as well as, questions and answers below to confirm full eligibility details:
Am I eligible for this Scholarship?
You are eligible for the Durham University Alumni 25% Fee Scholarship as long as you hold a first degree or higher degree awarded by Durham University. Those holding CHE/DHE or postgraduate/CPD credits only will unfortunately not be eligible to receive the Scholarship.
This Scholarship is available for applicants whose postgraduate taught course commencement date occurs between 1 Aug 2020 and 31 July 2021. Both full-time and part-time courses are covered.
You must be self-funding (or majority self-funding) in order to receive this Scholarship. The value of your personal contribution to your fees must exceed the value of this proposed Scholarship. For example: if your chosen course fee is £10,500 you must intend to make a personal contribution of at least £2,625 in order to receive the Scholarship, excluding any other third-party support of fee sponsorship. Any repayable loans used to make personal contributions towards fees would count as self-funding.
If you were studying prior to 20/21 (and after 17/18) or are studying a postgraduate research degree, and are majority self-funding you will only qualify for a 10% discount.
How will I apply for this discount?
In the online enrolment screen, at the question 'Main sponsor contributing to Fee', please select the drop-down option 'Alumni Tuition Fee Discount'. The finance department will then allocate the discount (at the right amount, eg 25% or 10%, depending on which course/year of study).
I have already applied or been offered a place on a postgraduate course before I became aware of the Scholarship, can I still apply for it?
If you send an email including your new (postgraduate) student ID number to firstname.lastname@example.org will consider your application. If eligible, your invoice will be amended to reflect the Scholarship.
If you have already received a scholarship from the Business School for one of their Masters or MBA courses, please email for any clarification required.
I have received or do receive a Scholarship or bursary for part of my tuition fees, can I still get this Scholarship?
You must be self-funding (or majority self-funding) in order to receive this scholarship. If you receive a partial scholarship or bursary from another source, you will still be eligible for the Durham University Alumni 25% Fee Scholarship provided that your self-funded fee contribution is greater than the value of this Scholarship.
For example: if your chosen course fee is £10,500 you must intend to make a personal contribution of at least £2,625 in order to receive the Scholarship, excluding any other third-party support of fee sponsorship. Any repayable loans used to make personal contributions towards fees would count as self-funding.
I am receiving full financial support from an external source for tuition fees (e.g. Scholarship/UKRI) will I still be eligible for the Scholarship?
Unfortunately, you will not be eligible for this Scholarship in these circumstances as you will not be a ‘self-funding’ student. Your funder will be responsible for your tuition fees.
Will any postgraduate programmes be excluded from this scheme?
It is intended that the scheme will be available as widely as possible to self-financing postgraduate taught students. Therefore all postgraduate taught programmes will initially be included. By postgraduate taught programmes we mean a standalone Masters level programme (level 7, which includes PGCEs), in which taught modules are the majority part of the programme.
Alumni enrolling on short / CPD courses are not eligible for the scholarship.
Self-funded alumni embarking on a postgraduate research degree (e.g. PhD as well as professional doctorates including the DThM and DBA) or who began an eligible postgraduate taught degree before 2020-21 will not be eligible for this Scholarship but might still be eligible for a 10% discount under the regular ‘Alumni Tuition Fee Discount Scheme’.
Undergraduate students progressing into the 4th year of an integrated Masters programme are not eligible for this Scholarship.
Will any of my years of study be excluded from the scheme?
The 25% Scholarship is available only for students commencing their programme in 2020-21. While most postgraduate taught programmes last one-year (full-time), students whose programme lasts two years will continue to receive the 25% Scholarship in their second year.
Are all Durham University Business School Masters and MBA programmes included in this scheme?
Yes, all Masters and MBA (with the exception of the EMBA) are included. Graduating Business School students are advised to consider the suitability of the School’s Masters courses which are aimed at non-Business School graduates before applying.
If you require guidance regarding completing the Finance section of your online enrolment, please contact the Finance department:
If you require further information regarding your eligibility of this scheme, please email:
*this discount quoted refers to the maximum discount available for the scheme which would be a 25% fee scholarship towards the Full Time MBA.