We have grants, scholarships and bursaries to help make University affordable and living costs achievable. Unlike student loans, you don't need to pay back these awards.

When you confirm your place at CCCU and have applied for your Student Loan you will be automatically allocated a grant of up to £600 per year if you meet the qualifying criteria set out below.

It’s therefore essential that you provide the Student Loans Company with consent to share your household income information with the University.

To qualify for the Canterbury Christ Church University Grant, students must:

  • have a household income of £25,000 per year or less
  • be ordinarily resident in England or be an EU student
  • be paying fees in excess of £6,165 per annum if full-time, or £4,625 if part-time 
  • meet any additional eligibility criteria for our scholarships or bursaries (including being on an appropriate course)
  • be an undergraduate or PGCE (Initial Teacher Training) student
  • not be in receipt of government educational support of £5,000 or more per year, including the Government Grant for Health, and Department for Education Bursaries and Scholarships (but excluding Student Loans Company maintenance grants or loans)

Students who meet the eligibility criteria and are paying the standard full-time undergraduate tuition fees of £9,250 will be entitled to the full £600 grant.

If you're studying a course where tuition fees are less than £9,250, a foundation year or foundation degree, then the amount you receive will be less than £600. The exact sum will be calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on the fee you're paying.

If you're a part-time student studying a course with tuition fees in excess of £4,625, the amount you receive will be calculated on a pro-rata basis depending on the fee you're paying.

Please note: If you live in our University-owned accommodation, 50% of the grant you receive will be automatically allocated towards the cost of your accommodation. There is also the option to allocate the total amount towards your accommodation payment.

You'll be contacted by the Student Fees team with information about the option to allocate the total amount of your Grant towards your accommodation payment once you start University.

Once you've been awarded a Canterbury Christ Church University Grant, you will be notified of the amount and when your Grant payments will be made to you.

  • We offer a Care Leavers Bursary of £3,600 cash award over your first three years of study (£1,200 per academic year). 

To qualify, students must: 

  • be in care, or a care leaver, in the UK who is under 25 years of age and who is, or was, looked after under a Care Order when age 16 for at least 13 weeks (status must be verifiable) 
  • have a household income below £25,000
  • not be in receipt of other Canterbury Christ Church University financial support, including the Canterbury Christ Church University Grant.

or 

  • be recognised by the Foyer Federation, or have otherwise been homeless. Your status must be verifiable. 

How to apply: 

Please email: studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk 

Are you a former student from one of our partner schools?

If you are, then you can apply for an award of £500 per year when you study with us.

Students who benefit from the Schools Award will also benefit from participating in paid outreach activities to promote university to students in schools and colleges in Kent and Medway, who might not otherwise consider accessing higher education. 

How to apply: 

The application form and a list of our outreach partner schools can be found on our Outreach web pages

Government Grant for Health

Recognising the vital importance of NHS recruitment, the government has decided to provide extra financial help in the form of a grant of at least £5,000 per year (subject to government review for subsequent years). Students on the following courses will be eligible to receive this grant: 

  • Diagnostic Radiography 
  • Adult Nursing
  • Child Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Operating Department Practice
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Paramedic Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy 

Students studying on our Mental Health Nursing and Diagnostic Radiography courses will also receive an additional £1,000 per year from the government. Additional funding will also be available for childcare. You do not have to pay this money back in future.

Find out more from the NHS BSA 

Apply for funding from the NHS Learning Support Fund (NHS LSF)

Canterbury Christ Church University Advantage Package

The Canterbury Christ Church University Advantage Package currently includes:

  • uniforms 
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation. 

You can find out more about the faculty uniform policy here

Please check the information on your course page to see whether your course is included. 

In addition to this, health students can apply and may be eligible for other University awards.

Please note: This package is only available for students who are enrolling on a qualifying health course in September 2020. We reserve the right to withdraw this package in the event of a student not successfully completing the enrolment process.

Extra support for childcare costs 

In addition to other support which may be available, eligible students attending a full time pre-registration healthcare course may also be able to claim further financial support for childcare costs from the NHS.

Find out more about the Health Students Child Dependants Allowance at nhsbsa.nhs.uk

What happens if I already have a first degree?

Students who are planning to undertake nursing, midwifery and allied health professional subjects (except paramedic science) as a second degree will currently be able to access the standard student support system, on the same terms as students studying for a first degree. Please check the NHS website for eligibility and the latest funding information.

We work in partnership with The Archdeacon of Canterbury (Canterbury Cathedral) under the Article 26 Project to enable those seeking asylum to progress to higher education through the Sanctuary Scholarship. Applications are open from April. 

Awards of up to £1,500 per year.

We are dedicated to supporting student athletes in both academic and sporting success through our Sport Scholarship programme.

The University is recognised by Sport England’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) as a Dual Career Accredited Site.

This acknowledges a high level of academic flexibility allowing talented athletes to balance their studies alongside a sporting schedule.

To apply for the award you can be studying any subject, but must be:

  • competing at county level or above in your sport
  • a current or prospective student at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

How to apply: 

Visit the Christ Church Sport pages to apply. 

Various awards are offered to students studying Music and Performing Arts as well as other subjects across the University. If you would like to apply for a Bursary or Instrumental/Vocal Scholarship, please download and complete this form.

Bursary Awards

Who?

Bursaries are available to students within the School of Creative Arts and Industries.

What

These awards help students sustain and develop their creative practice and may support, for example, the purchase of software or sheet music; fees for specialist instruction; travel expenses.

How much?

Bursary Awards are worth up to £300.

When?

The Scholarship Committee considers Bursary Awards applications at the start of each semester. Applications for the first round close at 9.00am on Monday 4 October 2021.

Instrumental/Vocal Scholarships

Who?

Scholarships are open to all students at Christ Church.

What?

Scholarships help students sustain and develop their instrumental and/or vocal talents. Scholars will be expected to perform in at least one university ensemble.

How much?

They are worth £300, which pays for 10 hours of teaching with one of our specialist instrumental or vocal teachers.

When?

Applications close at 9.00am on Monday 4 October 2021; auditions will be held on Wednesday 6 October, between 2.00 and 7.00pm. Online alternatives will be offered if necessary.

Canterbury Rotary Club Bursaries

Who?

Bursaries may be awarded to talented performers on any Christ Church course. In most years up to three of these prestigious bursaries are available.

What?

A condition of holding a Canterbury Rotary Club Instrumental Bursary is that you are an active member of at least one of the University’s ensembles.

How much?

Bursaries are worth £500. These bursaries are funded by the generous support of local Rotarians

When?

Applications close at 9.00am on Monday 4 October 2021; auditions will be held on Wednesday 6 October, between 2.00 and 7.00pm. Online alternatives will be offered if necessary.

Read more about our music scholarships.

No matter what you study, if you have the talent you can help form the professional heart of the University Chapel Choir and benefit from our £800 choral scholarships (£1,000 for organists and conductors).

How to apply:

Visit this page for more details and to complete the application form. 

Postgraduate research scholarships

Canterbury Christ Church University PhD Scholarship 2021/22

Award

PhD Scholarship

Closing date

15 July 2021

The School of Creative Arts and Industries at Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications for one full-time PhD scholarship (a stipend of £13,000 per year, tuition fee waiver for three years and an expense allowance of £500 per year) in one of the following research areas: creative arts, performing arts, music, media and cultural studies.

The scholarship will be awarded to the best candidate following the application and interview selection process.

We would like to encourage proposals with a focus on connecting with cultural or creative industries organisations in the Kent region, either through drawing on their resources (e.g. archives, broadly conceived) or engaging in collaborative and project work (e.g. collaborating on projects based around the development of creative artefacts, such as film, dance, or music) or exploring new areas for development and innovation (e.g. new ways to connect with audiences, new digital tools or applications, or new revenue or business models).

The School has a large and vibrant PhD community with approximately 48 doctoral students. We are a leading force in research at the university where nearly 90% of research was recognised as world leading or internationally significant in REF 2014 and we expect to build on those successes in the coming years. In addition to our research outputs and success in research-degree supervisions, we maintain close links with international peer reviewed research journals and also with networks of local and international organisations through our sponsorship of the Canterbury Festival, links with the Canterbury Cathedral, Turner Contemporary and collaboration with Screen South, Maidstone Studios, and the Marlowe Theatre (through the latter we continue to work with groups like Glyndebourne Touring Opera and the Philharmonia Orchestra). Through our research we aim to promote the public good and make a difference in the lives of the communities with which we engage; for example, the preservation and presentation of cultural heritage, giving voices to marginalised groups and exploiting the power of digital media and communication technologies for social and cultural benefits. We would be happy to help interested applicants with their proposals and applications and to discuss scholarship possibilities and supervising arrangements.

For enquiries relating to:

  • Digital Media
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Visual Communication
  • Creative Industries
  • Screen Cultures

Please contact  Prof. Shane Blackman shane.blackman@canterbury.ac.uk

For enquiries relating to:

  • Music
  • Performing Arts 

      Please contact Prof. Robert Rawson robert.rawson@canterbury.ac.uk

How to apply

Please submit your application using the online admissions portal. As part of your application you will be required to submit a research proposal. Please tick the appropriate box on the proposal form to indicate that you are applying for a PhD scholarship alongside a place on the PhD programme.

To be eligible for consideration for a scholarship you must have applied for both a place on the PhD programme as well as a scholarship by the scholarship application deadline of 15 July 2021.

For any queries about the application and admissions process please contact Postgraduate Admissions pgadmissions@canterbury.ac.uk.

The School of Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) welcomes applications for a new Masters by Research degree scholarship. A unique opportunity for a fully funded and industry-led MSc to develop novel strategies to challenge and prevent the spread of communicable diseases. This MSc by Research in Bioscience will tackle and provide novel solutions for the current COVID-19 pandemic under the guidance of leading industry experts in Biochemistry, Micro- and Cell Biology. This course will give you a unique opportunity to study strategies to combat the spread of potentially infectious agents while developing laboratory skills in Molecular Cell Biology and Biochemistry.

As this is a research-focused master’s course, it will provide an interactive approach to learning and allow you to develop independent skills in the lab. In addition, the Master will be supported through seminars and workshops to help develop skills that can be applied to your own research project.

Anticipated start date: 1 October 2021

Closing date for applications: 8 August 2021

Interviews: August 2021. Exact date to be confirmed.

The Award

The scholarship is for one year full time study. Scholarships comprise a stipend of £12,000 per year, and a full time MSc by Research tuition fee waiver.

Entry Requirements:

Candidates should hold at least an Upper Second Class Undergraduate Honours degree, and have a strong commitment to the development of a research career within Biosciences.

It is desirable that candidates have skills in chromatography, electrophoresis, protein and nucleic acid biochemistry.

We endeavour to be inclusive and flexible regarding applicants with caring obligations, disabilities and other considerations.

How to Apply:

Applications should be made for the MSc by Research programme through Canterbury Christ Church University’s online application system by clicking on the ‘apply now’ button.

In applying online applicants should select the MSc by Research programme in the School of School of Psychology and Life Sciences, studying full-time, with a start date of 1 October 2021.

Further enquiries:

For other questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact Dr Cornelia Wilson (cornelia.wilson@canterbury.ac.uk) or Dr Lee Byrne (lee.byrne@canterbury.ac.uk).

Canterbury Christ Church University PhD Scholarship 2021/22

Award

PhD Scholarship

Closing date

15 July 2021

Content of offer

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications for a full-time PhD scholarship (a stipend of £13,000 per year, tuition fee waiver for three years and an expense allowance of £500 per year) in the field of access to civil justice and dispute resolution

The scholarship holder will contribute to the development of research in the field of access to civil justice and proposals are particularly welcome around Alternative Dispute Resolution and specifically Mediation.

Candidates should ideally have a good first degree along with a law-related Master’s degree and possibly a practitioner background.

This position might be of interest to an applicant with practical experience who may also work to support the University’s Mediation Clinic with some of its operational activities.

The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to the broader research culture of the School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences.

How to apply

Please submit your application using the online admissions portal.

As part of your application you will be required to submit a research proposal based on your proposed research project in an area of access to civil justice, alternative dispute resolution or mediation.

Please tick the appropriate box on the proposal form to indicate that you are applying for a PhD scholarship alongside a place on the PhD programme.

To be eligible for consideration for a scholarship you must have applied for both a place on the PhD programme as well as a scholarship by the scholarship application deadline of 15 July 2021.

For any queries about the application and admissions process please contact Postgraduate Admissions pgadmissions@canterbury.ac.uk.

To discuss this scholarship opportunity please contact: ben.waters@canterbury.ac.uk

The School of Allied and Public Health Professions at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) welcome applications for a new research degree scholarship. The successful candidate will work with Professor Chris Burton, Professor of Health Services Research, on an investigation of the impacts and sustainability of opportunities for healthcare professionals to work across clinical practice and healthcare education.

The project will provide an exciting opportunity for the successful applicant to engage with stakeholders working at the forefront of developments in healthcare education, and to gain theoretical insights and practical skills in supporting change.

For further information about Professor Burton’s areas of research interest, please visit our website.

Anticipated start date: 1 October 2021

Closing date for applications: 31 July 2021

Interviews: TBC

The Award

The scholarship is for one year. Scholarships comprise a stipend of £13,000 per year, and a tuition fee waiver.

Entry Requirements:

Candidates should hold at least an Upper Second Class Undergraduate Honours degree, and have a strong commitment to the development of a research career within a health-related context. We endeavour to be inclusive and flexible regarding applicants with caring obligations, disabilities and other considerations.

How to Apply:

Applications should be made for the MSc by Research programme through Canterbury Christ Church University’s online application system.

In applying online applicants should select the MSc by Research programme in the School of Applied and Public Health Professions, studying full-time, with a start date of 1 October 2021.

Further enquiries:

For other questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact Professor Chris Burton chris.burton@canterbury.ac.uk

Award

PhD Scholarship

Closing date

15 July 2021

The scholarships may be full time (a stipend of £13,000 per year, tuition fee waiver for three years and an expense allowance of £500 per year) or part time (tuition fee waiver for five years and an expense allowance of £300 per year) (please note part time study is not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa).

Scholarship (CCCU scholarship)

This is an open call and will be awarded to the best candidate studying within one of the fields of research undertaken by the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care.

Eligibility

We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about applied health and social care research and can become part of the research community within the faculty. Applicants will have achieved a good health or social care related first degree and be able to demonstrate that they have a unique proposal idea that will make an original contribution to knowledge in this field. Applicants whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English Language skills commensurate with doctoral level study.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries regarding the scholarship and studying for a PhD should be made to Dr Janet Melville-Wiseman, Faculty Director of PhD Studies janet.melville-wiseman@canterbury.ac.uk

If you have any other questions, please contact FHWB.PhDassistant@canterbury.ac.uk

For any queries about the application and admissions process please contact Postgraduate Admissions pgadmissions@canterbury.ac.uk

How to apply

Please submit your application using the online admissions portal.

As part of your application you will be required to submit a research proposal. Please tick the appropriate box on the proposal form to indicate that you are applying for a PhD scholarship alongside a place on the PhD programme. Please also indicate if you would also like to be considered for a self-funded place.

To be eligible for consideration for a scholarship we must receive your full application and references by the closing date of 15th July. Applicants will be short listed and called for a virtual interview towards the end of July or early August.

Canterbury Christ Church University is offering a PhD scholarship within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care supported by the Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS). We welcome applications to undertake health and social care services research and/or evaluation commencing in October 2021. This studentship is linked to the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex which aims to develop applied health and social care research across the region for the benefit of patients and the public.

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is the nation's largest funder of health and care research and provides the people, facilities and technology that enables research to thrive. NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs) support applied health and care research that responds to, and meets, the needs of local populations and local health and care systems. The NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARC KSS) is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the NIHR to improve the health and care of patients and the public.

Each NIHR ARC is made up of local providers of NHS services, local providers of care services, NHS commissioners, local authorities, universities, private companies and charities. These collaborations work together to conduct high quality, generalisable, applied health and care research that addresses the specific health or care issues in their region. NIHR ARCs also act to close the second translational gap and increase the rate at which research findings are implemented into practice. The 15 ARCs work collaboratively to address national research priorities, with individual ARCs providing national leadership in their areas of expertise.

The NIHR ARC KSS has a focus on regional challenges including:

  • Significant social deprivation, mainly located in our coastal towns
  • Numerous GP practice closures resulting in a high GP to patient ratios
  • Higher than average children in care, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and young people with self-harm and emotional problems
  • A higher proportion of older people
  • The highest concentration of people with dementia in the UK

ARC studentship information

The research studentship will be based at CCCU and linked to the ARC KSS academy. The successful applicant will benefit from research training and support across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex area as well as regional programmes of applied health and social care research in social care and social work, primary and community care, child and adolescent mental health and dementia.

We welcome applications from prospective students interested in co-production and patient and public involvement and engagement in relation to our areas of research interest.

Co-production in research

There is an increasing recognition that, in order to close the gap between evidence from research and the delivery of health and social care services, implementation issues need to be prioritised throughout the lifecycle of knowledge generation and use. In this way, evidence with greater ‘implementability’ can be generated. Also, a range of impacts on thinking, practice and policy can be expected throughout the research cycle, more significantly on participation of service users, patients and their carers in research, policy and practice development based on values-based principles of citizenship and social inclusion.

Producing evidence with impacts requires deep engagement with the contexts in which the evidence is to be applied. These include the complex systems that underpin health and care services, and the perspectives of the full range of stakeholders involved in creating and implementing policy. Stakeholders can be the public, patients, service users and their carers and professionals from those services, statutory and otherwise, that support those requiring health and care. A range of research approaches have been proposed that aim to enable these requirements, including interactive research, participatory action research, integrated knowledge transfer, and more recently co-production. The Faculty is pleased to accept applications from potential PhD students curious about co-production in research. Relevant investigations might include:

  • The knowledge, skills and competencies required for researchers working in co-production, and how these can be facilitated
  • Investigating ‘what works’ in co-production, including the necessary pre-requisites for success
  • How knowledge from service users can have greater impact in co-production in research
  • The successful student will have the opportunity to draw on a range of NIHR-funded research studies as case studies of co-production, or to work with supervisors to design and undertake empirical work that will advance both the science and practice of co-production.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on health and social care, we welcome applications relating to any of the above mentioned themes that identify an innovative approach to addressing the medium- or longer-term impact of the pandemic on individuals, communities and systems. We are also keen to support PhD projects taking a place-based or whole systems approach focussing on health or social care inequalities and vulnerable groups in coastal communities, rural and isolated communities, and deprived communities within a largely affluent locality.

Eligibility

We are looking for students who are enthusiastic about applied health and social care research and can become part of the research communities within ARC KSS. Applicants will have achieved a good health or social care related first degree and be able to demonstrate that they have a unique proposal idea that will make an original contribution to knowledge in this field. Applicants whose first language is not English will need to demonstrate a suitable level of English Language skills commensurate with doctoral level study.

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries about the ARC KSS scholarship or enquiries regarding studying for a PhD should be made to Dr Janet Melville-Wiseman, Faculty Director of PhD Studies janet.melville-wiseman@canterbury.ac.uk

If you have any further questions or difficulties, please contact FHWB.PhDassistant@canterbury.ac.uk

For any queries about the application and admissions process please contact Postgraduate Admissions pgadmissions@canterbury.ac.uk

How to apply

Please submit your application using the online admissions portal.

As part of your application you will be required to submit a research proposal. Please tick the appropriate box on the proposal form to indicate that you are applying for a PhD scholarship and clearly mark this ARC KSS Scholarship. Please indicate if you would also like to be considered for a self-funded place.

To be eligible for consideration for a scholarship we must receive your full application and references by the closing date of 15th July. Applicants will be short listed and called for a virtual interview towards the end of July or early August.

Applicants must ensure that both references have been submitted by the referees through the online system by the deadline (15 July 2021) by which time the University must have all the supporting documents. The School will not request references on your behalf from your referees, and your application will not be considered if both references are not received.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an on-line interview at an agreed time.

For any queries about the application and admissions process please contact Postgraduate Admissions pgadmissions@canterbury.ac.uk