School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

Studentships & Funding

Studentships and Funding

School Funding

Find out what funding is available through the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering.

The key to success in gaining funding for your postgraduate programme is to apply to as many sources of funding as possible, as competition can be strong.

It is normally a condition of funding bodies that you already hold an offer of a place at Newcastle before you apply for an award.

The central postgraduate website lists possible funding sources for your studies.

Look for information on the University studentships page, in the national press or in university careers services. Remember to check the closing dates for each source of funding.

UK and EU applications

New students may be eligible for a scholarship from the School. These are available to all new UK and EU postgraduate students joining this School who have, or expect to get, the equivalent of a good UK First Class degree.

If you apply and meet these conditions, you will be awarded a scholarship of £500 during your MSc year.

Please contact us if you wish to apply for one of our scholarships. The Scholarship Committee will consider all applications received before the end of September each year.

International applications

Taught courses

Scholarships are available to all new international postgraduate students joining this School who have, or expect to get, the equivalent of a good UK first degree (First Class or 2:1).

If you apply and meet these conditions, you will be awarded a scholarship of £1000 during your MSc year.

We also offer several prizes of £250 to students with excellent performance during their MSc year.

Please contact us if you wish to apply for one of our scholarships. The Scholarship Committee will consider all applications received before the end of September each year.

Research programmes

The same scholarships are available to students on a postgraduate research programme. Please contact us if you wish to apply. 

We also offer prizes to students with excellent performance in our annual Postgraduate Conference (internal only).

There is also the opportunity to earn money working as a tutor or demonstrator for undergraduate classes.

The School offers full three-years support funding for a number of research projects. Some PhD projects offered by the School may have industrial and/or Research Council funding.

Contact Professor Nilanjan Chakraborty for more information about projects and funding.

University Funding

Find out what funding is available through the University.

Postgraduate Funding Database

The University's funding database will help you to identify sources of funding.

For example, the Alumni Tuition Fee Discount offers a 20% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who are self-funding their postgraduate study.

International Family Discounts offer a Family Discount to encourage relatives of current international students and graduates to study at Newcastle University. Each award is worth 10% of the tuition fees (per year), for the normal duration of the degree programme. It is paid into the student’s tuition fee account.

Country Specific Scholarships offer partial scholarship awards to assist international students with good qualifications to study for a postgraduate degree. 

Find more examples of awards, scholarships and funding on the database. 

International students

You may be eligible for £1500 from the University towards your fees.

Find more information on the University Funding and Finance website, with how to apply and terms of eligibility.

Free English tuition

The School will contribute towards your English tuition costs if you receive an offer from us which is conditional on undertaking English tuition first.

This is payable only on successful completion of the English course and payment of your usual fees.

The tuition must be with INTO, Newcastle University's language centre. We will cover 6 weeks' tuition.

If you require a visa to study in the UK, you can only get this contribution if you need to increase your IELTS score by up to 0.5 overall.

External Sources of Funding

Find out what external sources of funding are available.

Sources of funding

Career Development Loans 

These are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work.

You can borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.

More information is available from GOV.UK.

Charities and Trusts Organisations 

Organisations such as the Leverhulme Trust and other charities and trusts make awards for postgraduate study.

The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSC) 

The CSC supports around 750 awards annually. It makes several types of award available, including Scholarships for PhD research and Scholarships for Master's study.

Find more information on CSC awards via the central postgraduate website.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

The EPSRC funds PhDs and Master's at universities through training grants.

Individual funded PhD projects can be found on the postgraduate funding database.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)

KTP places recent graduates in companies to tackle a technical challenge under the guidance of an academic supervisor.They are a long-standing and well-proven method for technology transfer. 

Individuals on KTP have the opportunity to register for a postgraduate programme while on the scheme.