Fees for 2011-12 were typically around £4,450 for full-time UK/EU students. You should contact each university individually about funding opportunities as they differ across the board.
For UK and EU students, grants are available from government through bodies known as the Research Councils. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the one mainly concerned with supporting statistics postgraduates, though research projects may also attract support from other Research Councils if the work falls within the remit of those Councils. Students from further afield can often obtain grants from their own governments.
Sponsorship by industrial organisations or employers is possible for some MSc courses. In addition, some universities have their own grants or scholarships to offer. The best advice is to ask the department about the grants that are available. Be warned that these grants are competitive so good luck!
Funding for research degrees
New postgraduate students on a full-time research degree can receive funding through studentships or scholarships.
University research studentships
Studentships are for tuition fees and living expenses as well as a training support grant too. Ideal for home/EU and overseas students, these typically include:
- An annual bursary (£15,000 for 2011/12, expected to rise in line with inflation in subsequent years)
- A full tuition fee waiver
- A one-off allowance of £1,000. This may be used across the three-year period to cover the cost of items and activities in support of the research.
Students are usually expected to undertake some teaching support in their second and third years as part of the bursary arrangements, by agreement with the school concerned.
Graduate school scholarships
Grants new postgraduate research students a tuition fee discount of up to 100% for home/EU fee payers and up to 75% for overseas fee payers, and a training support grant.
If you are a postgraduate registered for a full-time course, you can apply for accommodation from the University Accommodation office. Applications can be done online or by contacting the University Accommodation Office directly for an application pack. Accommodation usually lasts for the duration of your course from September to September. New overseas postgraduates are guaranteed a room provided that they send in their application in time, usually before end of July. Accommodation for UK and EU postgraduates are not guaranteed and served on a first come first serve basis. It is still worth applying though as you may get lucky if for example, spare rooms become available. The university will usually let you know within one month of your application if you have been successful. There is also a limited amount of accommodation available for couples without children.
Private accommodation is your alternative to university accommodation. Contact your local student union for a list of available private landlords or search for rooms on websites like intolondon.