Scholarships and bursaries
You may be able to partly or fully fund the costs of your study with a bursary or scholarship. You can usually use these alongside student loans and you don’t have to pay them back.
Whether you can get a scholarship or bursary depends on your circumstances. So they aren’t available to everyone.
These are the scholarships and bursaries we currently offer to University of Portsmouth students.
You’ll get this bursary of £750 a year if you’re a full-time undergraduate student from England and your household income is less than £25,000 a year.
You can’t get this bursary if a sponsor (such as an employer or NHS organisation) is paying all or some of your tuition fees.
No need to apply
You don’t need to apply for this bursary. We’ll check if you’re eligible for it once you’ve applied to Student Finance England for income-based support and it has verified your household income.
On your Student Finance England application, you just need to make sure:
- you’ve said you'll be studying at the University of Portsmouth
- you (and your parents or partner) have given your consent to share your information with the University
If eligible, you’ll receive your bursary directly into your bank account in 3 instalments in December, February and May. If you’re not in attendance at the University at a certain date before the bursary is due to be paid, you won’t be eligible for that instalment.
If you receive an Unconditional Offer from us and meet or exceed your predicted grades, you'll automatically be eligible for our £1,000 Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship.
The Vice-Chancellors' Scholarship is open to students from the UK and EU.
No need to apply
You don’t need to apply for this scholarship. We’ll check if you’re eligible for it once you’ve received your results.
When I was awarded the Scholarship it felt like all the work I had put in to get good grades and to get into university had paid off, and that I was being rewarded for it. But also it meant that I wouldn't have to worry about money when supporting myself at university. I spent the money that I got from the Scholarship on a new computer to help me with my studies.
You could get this £1,700 bursary if you're a full-time undergraduate or taught postgraduate UK student and one of the following applies:
- you've spent a significant time in care, some of which was in your teens
- you've lived in sheltered accommodation or a Foyer Federation for reasons related to your physical or mental wellbeing
This bursary isn't based on your income. Recipients can also receive the University Bursary.
How to apply
Contact our Student Finance Centre to find out if you’re eligible for this bursary.
If you're eligible, you may also be entitled to additional help and support for care leavers.
You won't be able to get this bursary alongside the Stand Alone Bursary or Young Carers Bursary.
You could get this bursary of £1,000 a year if you're a full-time undergraduate UK student aged under 25 and estranged from your parents. It isn't based on your income. Recipients can also receive the University Bursary.
How to apply
Contact our Student Finance Centre to find out if you’re eligible for this bursary. If you're eligible, we'll tell you how to apply.
You won't be able to get this bursary alongside the Care Leavers and Foyer Residents Bursary or the Young Carers Bursary.
You could get this bursary of £500 a year if all the following apply:
- you’re a full-time undergraduate UK student aged under 25
- you have caring responsibilities for a parent or family member (but not a dependent child)
- your family income is less than £25,000 a year
Recipients can also receive the University Bursary.
How to apply for the Young Carers Bursary
Contact our Student Finance Centre to apply for this bursary.
You won't be able to get this bursary alongside the Care Leavers Bursary or the Stand Alone Bursary.
This scholarship is awarded by the Unite Foundation and gives statutory Care Leavers or estranged students a free place in a Unite hall of residence for a maximum of 3 years.
You could get this scholarship if all the following apply to you:
- you’re a statutory Care Leaver or estranged from your family
- you're aged under 25 at the start of your course
- you have UK home fee status
- you're a full-time undergraduate student or hold a firm offer for a full-time undergraduate course from the University of Portsmouth
There are a limited number of these scholarships, so not everyone who's eligible will be successful.
You can get this scholarship alongside the Stand Alone Bursary or Care Leavers Bursary.
How to apply for the Unite Scholarship
You can apply for this scholarship once you've made the University of Portsmouth your firm choice via UCAS.
Applications should be completed using the United Foundation application form, and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with any relevant evidence. Applications submitted directly to the Unite Foundation will not be considered.
Applications should reach us no later than 9.00am on Thursday 4 June 2020.
If you require confirmation of your eligibility or any additional information, please contact the Student Finance Centre.
You won't be able to get this scholarship on foundation, repeat or placement years.
This is a bursary of £3,000 a year to cover some of your living costs. You could get this bursary if all of the following apply to you:
- you’re a child of serving or retired Royal Navy or Royal Marine personnel, or you’re a retired member of the Naval Service who isn’t sponsored by the MOD
- you’re a full-time undergraduate UK student
- your household income is less than £40,000 a year
There are 3 bursaries available for University of Portsmouth students each year, so not everyone who’s eligible will get it.
How to apply for the Greenwich Hospital Bursary
The application window for this bursary has now closed.
From September 2020, new and continuing students on eligible nursing and allied health professional courses can get an NHS bursary of up to £8,000 a year.
The bursary is non-repayable and is in addition to any other support you are eligible for, including Government student loans and funding through the NHS Learning Support Fund.
The bursary is an annual payment of £5,000.
Eligible students can also receive up to £3,000 in further funding. You could get an additional:
- £1,000 for courses in subjects where there's a shortage of students
- £1,000 childcare allowance to help you balance your studies with family life
- £1,000 if you're studying in a part of the country where there has been a decrease in people accepted onto courses in certain subjects
You can get this bursary if you're ordinarily resident in England and are studying an eligible course in England.
Eligible courses at the University of Portsmouth include:
- BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging
- BN (Hons) Nursing (Adult)
- BN (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)
- BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
- BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
The NHS Health Careers website has more information on eligibility criteria.
If you want confirmation of your eligibility or any additional information, please contact the Student Finance Centre.