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2017 Undergraduate Funding

Undergraduate funding information including scholarships & discounts for eligible UK students studying in 2017/18

Full-time Undergraduate Scholarships & Bursaries for UK students studying in 2017/18

Northumbria University is committed to supporting the best students with outstanding academic ability. We offer a number of support packages for students depending on academic achievement or personal financial circumstances; each of the tabs below will provide you with further information.

Financial support opportunities have associated eligibility conditions therefore it is essential applicants consider all requirements and observe the application process and deadlines.

For information on how to apply for a Student Finance Loan please click here.

Rutherford Scholarship Scheme 2017

The Rutherford Scholarship Scheme 2017 is designed to reward academically gifted students joining Northumbria University in 2017.  The value of the scholarship is up to £2,000 per award.

All UK full-time undergraduate applicants will be assessed for eligibility based on predicted academic achievement and the strength of their UCAS application form.  Potential recipients are expected to achieve in the region of AAA at A Level or to achieve 176+ UCAS points from all eligible qualifications (excluding key skills).

Those identified as a potential recipient of a Rutherford Scholarship will be contacted after they have received their offer. You do not need to apply for this scholarship and we will notify you if you are eligible.  Eligibility is at the discretion of the University and is subject to terms and conditions. Students who are successfully awarded a Rutherford Scholarship may also be entitled to an Undergraduate Bursary where eligible.

There are a limited number of scholarships available and all eligible self-funded students will be considered.

Terms & conditions apply. 

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Undergraduate Bursaries 2017

For 2017 we will be offering a means tested bursary of £800 to home students who have a household income of less than £16,000.  The bursary will be for every year of your full-time undergraduate studies.  You will be automatically assessed for this bursary and you must be paying full fees.  The bursary will aid you in your studies at Northumbria University.  You may also be eligible to receive a Rutherford Scholarship in addition to an undergraduate bursary. 

Eligibility to receive a bursary from Northumbria University will be determined when you apply for one or more elements of the Government's student finance package (Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan) and will be means-tested annually.  You do not need to apply for this bursary and we will notify you if you are eligible.  You will receive 25% in November, 25% in February and 50% in May.

Terms and Conditions Bursaries 2017 Entry

  • Please note the following students will not be eligible to receive a Northumbria Bursary.
  • Students undertaking PGCE courses leading to QTS
  • Students transferring in from another institution 
  • Students continuing directly from one course to another *(e.g. from Foundation Degrees or HND to the second or final year of an Honours degree) 
  • Students whose fees are paid or part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement
  • Students who are in receipt of an externally funded bursary (excluding care leavers bursary)
  • Students from the Channel Islands/Isle of Man, Gibraltar and the European Union

*Eligible foundation year students will receive a Northumbria Bursary

MArch Discount 2018

If you are a successful Architecture graduate of Northumbria University, you will automatically receive a 20% discount on the annual tuition fees for the MArch postgraduate course, following enrolment in 2018.

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Care Leavers Bursary

The Care Leavers Bursary offers £1,000 per year to students studying on a full-time undergraduate course.

To apply for this bursary you must be a full-time home undergraduate student.

Any student undertaking a placement year as part of their study should discuss the Care Leavers Bursary with an adviser.

Terms and Conditions Care Leavers Bursary 2017 Entry

  • To be eligible for the Care Leavers Bursary you must also have at least one of the following: 
  • Have 'former relevant care leaver status' according to the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000. This status applies to people under the age of 25 who were 'looked after' by the local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and ending after the age of 16.  
  • Have been privately fostered up to the age of 18 – this arrangement must be for more than a two-month period.     
  • Have been the subject of a 'special guardianship order', 'kinships fostering' and were 'looked after' immediately prior to the making of the order.
  • The University will consider exceptional cases that do not meet these criteria on an individual basis. Northumbria University's decision on all applications will be final.

For more information and to see if you are eligible please email:

Team Northumbria Athlete Scholarships

At Northumbria University, we are committed to raising the bar and helping you realise your ambitions as a performance athlete. Along with excellent scholarship packages which can offer funding towards accommodation and fees, we can also provide a range of support packages offering up to £2,000 of support for Performance Athletes.

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Home - normally, in order to be classed as a home student, you will need to have been living in the UK for at least three years for purposes other than education and have settled status.  Further information can be found by referring to the UKCISA website. 

Bursary – a bursary is a means tested financial award given to students who meet the criteria of the scheme.  Not all bursaries are given in cash, but could be services or resources of an equivalent financial value.

Scholarship – a financial award given to eligible students who meet the academic threshold as determined by the scheme.

Sponsorship arrangement - if your fees are being paid in full or part by another sponsor (such as an employer, charity or trust) this will be considered as a sponsorship arrangement. 

Self-funding - students who are assuming full responsibility for the funding of their course. Please note students in receipt of a loan from the Student Loan Company are identified as a self-funding student. 


  • For information regarding changes to NHS Student Bursaries please click here.
  • For information on scholarships for students from the European Union please click here. 
  • For information on scholarships & bursary schemes between 2011 to 2013 please visit MyNorthumbria.


Last updated: 07/12/2017




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