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NHSBSA social work bursaries

We have a limited number of NHSBSA Social Work Bursaries available to eligible students confirming a place on Master of Social Work (MSW).

The NHSBSA Social Work Bursary: 

  • can help with study and living costs 
  • is a grant not a loan 
  • gets paid into your bank account at the start of each term, if you are eligible 
  • is only available to students who meet the course and residency criteria 
  • is subject to capping, so the number of students who can receive a bursary is limited 
  • must be applied for each academic year 

Find out how much you may be eligible for as a Social Work student and how to apply: NHSBSA Bursary 

Please note, the number of NHSBSA social work bursaries are capped each year and these are normally allocated on a first-come-first-served basis to applicants firmly accepting offers for the coming year. 

Fees and Funding 

Annual MSW fee = £8500 

Fees can be paid through a combination of bursaries and scholarships: 

  • NHSBSA tuition fee bursary = £4052  
  • Durham University Tuition Scholarship = £1086 
  • A minimum basic grant paid directly to the student = £3362.50*

*Note: NHSBSA bursary holders may also be entitled to additional means-tested grants. 

Students who are eligible for a social work bursary from Durham University are not eligible to apply for a postgraduate loan, however alternative funding options are available. 

To find out about availability of bursaries please contact the admissions tutor via 

Find out more about Postgraduate Scholarships available at Durham.