SSSC Bursary for MSc/PGDip Social Work

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April 30, 2023
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SSSC Bursary for MSc/PGDip Social Work

The SSSC Bursary covers £3,400 per academic year of the 2-year MSc Social Work Course.

Awarding Body

SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council)


£3,400 per year

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Overview Eligibility How to Apply


The number of Bursaries the University is allocated by the SSSC each year is limited and unfortunately, we are not allocated as many Bursaries as we offer places on the course. Consequently, applicants with the strongest application will be nominated for the bursary first. Applicants who are not nominated for the Bursary will be placed on a waiting list.

The overall Bursary consists of various allowances and are intended as a contribution towards the costs of study:

  • Tuition fees - the maximum contribution the Postgraduate Bursary Scheme is approved to pay towards course fees this academic year is £3,400. The maximum amount does not cover the full fees for the course so it is the applicants responsibility to cover the short fall. The contribution towards fees is paid directly to RGU on your (the student’s) behalf.
  • Means-tested grant and means-tested allowances (connected to dependants in the family). The Means-tested grant allowance is assessed using students’ unearned income; husband’s/wife's/civil partner’s income; or if a student is under 25 on the relevant date, we will take into account parental income, where applicable. The dependants allowances are assessed using a co-habitee’s income.
  • Placement Travel Expenses: all eligible students will receive £500 towards travel during their Practice Placement.
  • The minimum an eligible student could be awarded each year are the Tuition Fees and Placement Travel Expenses.

    As a guide: if they are nominated and eligible, a single person over 25, living in their own home, could be awarded (in 2021/22) a Means-tested grant of around £3,949 per annum; £500 Placement Travel Expenses and the Tuition Fees.

    If you have studied a Postgraduate course previously and received public funding for this within the previous year, the SSSC will require further information if you are nominated, as this may also affect your eligibility.

    Important : The Bursary is dependent on your registration with the SSSC Registry. In any case, if you have received an offer of a place on the MSc Social Work course in Scotland you must apply for registration as your course also depends on this. For further information:

    Scottish Social Services Council

    [email protected]

    or call the SSSC Registry on +44 (0) 345 6030891

    Eligibility Eligible Countries of Residence
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Romania
  • Scotland
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • All EU countries are eligible for this bursary.

    If your country is not listed, you may still be eligible for financial assistance, please email [email protected] for more information.

    Eligible Courses

    Course Level

  • Postgraduate
  • Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus
  • Mode of Study

  • Full Time
  • Subject Area

  • Social Studies
  • School of Applied Social Studies
  • PgCert PgDip MSc Social Work
  • Other Requirements

    To qualify for the Bursary, applicants must be Scottish/EU citizens or must have a UK passport and have resided in Scotland for a minimum of 2 years. Any EU applicant or UK passport holder's residence should not have been specifically for educational purposes.

    EU/EEA students must have been resident prior to 31 December 2020 and have the EU Settlement Scheme status (settled or pre-settled).

    Irish students who have arrived in the UK after 01 January 2021 must be ordinarily resident in Scotland (and no part of this residence was specifically for educational purposes).

    All Bursary students MUST be resident in Scotland to undertake the course, in order to be eligible for the Bursary.

    How to Apply

    Students do not need to apply for the Bursary – RGU will nominate students for the Bursary.

    Applicants should first apply to the PGDip/MSc Social Work at RGU:

    All applicants for the course will need to go through the interview process. After the interview process, RGU will make a decision as to whether to offer the applicant a place on the course and also if they will be nominated for a Bursary.

    After we have nominated our students, the SSSC will contact the student to deem their eligibility.

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