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I'm considering enrolling on a Master's next year and I can apply for a bursary which is about £4000 per per and the tuition fees are also covered.

However there are costs of living, bills that need paid, travel costs etc. Just wondering how everybody else funds their life as a postgraduate student? Working part-time? The masters I'm looking at includes a lot of placement so working alongside this is questionable.

Would love your insights.
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(Original post by epiphonesj)
I'm considering enrolling on a Master's next year and I can apply for a bursary which is about £4000 per per and the tuition fees are also covered.

However there are costs of living, bills that need paid, travel costs etc. Just wondering how everybody else funds their life as a postgraduate student? Working part-time? The masters I'm looking at includes a lot of placement so working alongside this is questionable.

Would love your insights.
I got in touch with some industrial companies which specialised in the sort of thing my masters was on and got them to fund me in return for me working for them a bit after I graduated. I’m doing the same now I’m going on to do a PhD.
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(Original post by epiphonesj)
I'm considering enrolling on a Master's next year and I can apply for a bursary which is about £4000 per per and the tuition fees are also covered.

However there are costs of living, bills that need paid, travel costs etc. Just wondering how everybody else funds their life as a postgraduate student? Working part-time? The masters I'm looking at includes a lot of placement so working alongside this is questionable.

Would love your insights.
I was already employed full-time before I decided to go back and do my MSc. I applied for a Postgraduate Loan to cover my fees and travel costs and dropped a day at work to allow me to attend my sessions.
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(Original post by epiphonesj)
I'm considering enrolling on a Master's next year and I can apply for a bursary which is about £4000 per per and the tuition fees are also covered.

However there are costs of living, bills that need paid, travel costs etc. Just wondering how everybody else funds their life as a postgraduate student? Working part-time? The masters I'm looking at includes a lot of placement so working alongside this is questionable.

Would love your insights.
During my placement year of uni I had a part time job and saved a lot of my wages from that and I also received some bursaries which I put straight into savings, all that money is going towards living costs and I got student finance for my tuition fees. I’m hoping to get a Saturday job once I move to uni to help a bit too.
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Scholarship.
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I had savings from working for four years before the masters and also worked as an RA in a halls of residence throughout the year, which meant I got free accommodation and meals
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For my upcoming second undergraduate degree: scholarships, savings and my partner will be working during it and supporting me. Previously I had a research council studentship for my PhD (not really possible, I know, if you're doing a masters).

However, I also did quite a bit of undergrad teaching during the PhD and that was very lucrative. Is that something you could investigate doing? It can double up as a useful CV builder.
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I recieve £10,609 from student finance and I am lucky that my university only charges £5.5k for masters and accommodation is very cheap. However, I also have savings and a lot of money left over from my time as an undergraduate. I also intend on getting a part time job!
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I work from home, mostly evenings and weekends, so I can work around studying, and it covers my bills, rent and food. I can take holiday off work if I need to (go out and get drunk) and I'll still get paid (I've got 160 hours to use up ). My graduate loan will pay for my course fees (just about), I've saved some for emergencies and the bit of tuition fee that my loan doesn't cover and I've been clearing my credit cards so I won't have a great deal of debt when I start (back up emergency fund).

I'll have to see how it all works out.
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I've received the maximum loan amount but my fees are £7560 and i live in london... so yeah not viable. Decided to work full time and study part time over two years. Hopefully it'll go okay
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