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.

Celebrating our Diamond Jubilee

To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education we have new scholarship opportunities for prospective undergraduate students. 

The Diamond Jubilee Academic Excellence Scholarship of £2000 will be offered to all new home fee-paying students starting a full-time non-collaborative degree programme in September 2023 who achieve AAA or equivalent at A Level or above. This will be automatically awarded and would be in addition to any bursaries received. Applicants who are awarded the Scholarship would not be eligible for the Jubilee Academic Scholarship or the Jubilee Bursary.  

Payment schedule

This Scholarship will be paid directly to 2023 entry year students in two instalments of £1000 each. One instalment from 1 December when the student has registered onto Year 1 and the other from the 1 December when they re-register onto Year 2 of a qualifying course.  If you are a current student, you can find out about the 2022 scholarship here.

Please note: Students taking one-year “top-up degrees”, students who start in the second or third year of an undergraduate degree, and students studying a collaborative course which is taught at or delivered by a partner institution are not eligible for the Diamond Jubilee Academic Excellence Scholarship. Please see our terms and conditions for further information.

The Diamond Jubilee Academic Scholarship of £1000 will be offered to new home fee-paying students starting a full-time non-collaborative degree programme in September 2023 who achieve ABB or AAB or equivalent at A Level or equivalent. This will be automatically awarded and would be in addition to any bursaries received. Applicants who receive this scholarship would not be eligible for the Jubilee Academic Excellence Scholarship or the Jubilee Bursary.  

Payment schedule

This Scholarship will be paid directly to 2023 entry year students in two instalments of £500 each. One instalment from 1 December when the student has registered onto Level 4 and the other from the 1 December when they re-register onto Level 5 of a qualifying course. If you are a current student, you can find out about the 2022 scholarship here.

Please note: Students taking one-year “top-up degrees”, students who start in the second or third year of an undergraduate degree and students studying a collaborative course which is taught at or delivered by a partner institution are not eligible for the Diamond Jubilee Academic Scholarship. Please see our terms and conditions for further information.

Undergraduate awards

As part of our commitment to an inclusive and accessible higher education, we provide a university grant of up to £600 per year of study to help with living costs. This is available to Undergraduates and PGCE (Initial Teacher Training) students who meet the following criteria:

  • Your household income of is £25,000 per year or less, and you have provided your consent for the Student Loans Company (SLC) to share this information with the University.
  • You are normally resident in England.
  • Your fees for each year of study are more than £6,165 (full-time) or £4,625 (part-time).
  • You are studying at Canterbury Christ Church University. (If you are studying with CCCU through a partner institution, you may not be eligible for the CCCU Grant but may be able to access alternative forms of financial support. Please contact the Student Support team at your place of study who will be able to advise you.)
  • You meet any additional eligibility criteria for our scholarships or bursaries, including being on an appropriate course.
  • You do not already receive 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).

If you meet the above criteria and are paying the standard full-time undergraduate tuition fees of £9,250, you will receive the full grant of £600.

If you are a full-time undergraduate student and your fees are more than £6,165 but less than £9,250, for example you are on a foundation degree, the amount you receive will be calculated on a pro rata basis.

If you are a part-time undergraduate student and your fees are more than £4,625 but less than £9,250, the amount you receive will be calculated on a pro rata basis.

Payment schedule and options

A Canterbury Christ Church University Grant will be automatically allocated to eligible students who have a tuition fee loan with the SLC. The SLC will notify you of the amount and make the payments to you on behalf of the University in three instalments over the course of the academic year.

Instalment payments – for eligible students whose course starts in September, the standard instalments of the award are paid from Student Finance (SLC) Week commencing 7th November (25%) Week commencing 20th February (25%) and Week commencing 22nd May (50%). Please note: if your grant is approved after these dates, the payment will be released in 10 working days.

For eligible students whose course starts at any other time of the year (not September) you will be notified of your payment dates separately when you receive confirmation of your Grant.

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; once you start University you will be contacted by the Student Fees team regarding this option.

We offer a Care Leavers' Bursary to eligible undergraduate or PGCE (Initial Teacher Training) students. This amounts to £4,800 over four years of study (£1,200 per academic year, pro rata if you are studying part-time) including either foundation year or PGCE, but excluding apprenticeships. The award is not paid during any repeat years of study, however if you are repeating a year then you may be eligible for the CCCU Grant for that year.

To be eligible for the Care Leavers' bursary you need to meet the following criteria.

  • You are under 25 years of age, in care, or a care leaver, in the UK and: are, or have been, looked after under a Care Order when age 16 for at least 13 weeks

or

  • you are recognised by the Foyer Federation, or have otherwise been homeless.

Additional criteria:

  • Your household income is £25,000 per year or less.
  • You are normally resident in England.
  • Your fees for each year of study are more than £6,165 (full-time) or £4,625 (part-time).
  • You do not receive other financial support from Canterbury Christ Church University including the Canterbury Christ Church University Grant (other than during a repeat year of study).

You must be able to provide proof of the above if asked to do so. This is usually done through your local authority. For support please contact studentwellbeing@canterbury.ac.uk

Payment schedule and options

A Canterbury Christ Church University Grant will be automatically allocated to eligible students who have a tuition fee loan with the SLC. The SLC will notify you of the amount and make the payments to you on behalf of the University in three instalments over the course of the academic year.

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: 

After UCAS applications have been received by the University, eligible students will be contacted and invited to apply to the scheme.

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 UK students who are enrolling on a qualifying health course in September 2023. 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.

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 full-time, undergraduate student at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

How to apply: 

Visit the Christ Church Sport pages to apply. 

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. 

Assistance with travel costs relating to attending a career development opportunity - such as an internship, micro placement, volunteering opportunity etc. Full details available here.

For all other costs associated with accessing a career development opportunity/work experience opportunity. Examples of possible uses for the Career Start Bursary include costs for buying suitable workwear, ad hoc childcare, specialist software and money to attend a conference (individual and group applications welcome). Full details available here.

Postgraduate research scholarships

Name of scholarship

Canterbury Christ Church University PhD Scholarship 2022/23

Anti-Racism in Education

Award

PhD Scholarship

Closing date

31st October 2022

Content of offer

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications for a full-time PhD scholarship (a stipend of £13,000 p.a., tuition fee waiver for three years and an expense allowance of £500 p. a.) in the area of Anti-Racism in Education.

This call may be of interest to students in a number of different disciplinary fields such as Education, Politics, Sociology, Management Studies, Law and applications are welcome from students who would like to explore their topic from an interdisciplinary perspective. This studentship provides an opportunity to explore structural advantages in education and develop novel approaches that tackle racial inequalities.

Considerations will be given to research proposals that address racialisation, structural advantage and anti-racism:

  • At different levels of education
  • With a decolonial psychological and structural lens to enable anti-racism
  • Considers how race intersects with other identities within the learning environment
  • Across the intersection of race within education and professional practice/practice learning (e.g. healthcare, social care, education)
  • Anti-racist leadership within Education

Canterbury Christ Church University is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee in 2022 having started as a teacher training college in 1962. This scholarship is offered in recognition of the work of the University over the past 60 years to the field of education and in recognition of the strong commitment of the University to widening participation, equality, diversity, inclusion and racial justice within education. As such, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.

For more information about this scholarship contact Prof Lynn Revell (lynn.revell@canterbury.ac.uk).

For more information about the anti-racism work of Canterbury Christ Church University contact Mary Makinde, Strategic Lead: Closing our Gap (mary.makinde@canterbury.ac.uk).

How to apply

Please submit your application for this scholarship using the Canterbury Christ Church University online admissions portal - https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/applying/applying-for-a-postgraduate-degree

When applying using the online application form, please choose the area of research designated as ‘Education, Childhood and Youth Studies’.

As part of your application you will be required to submit a research proposal which should set out the specific research project that you propose to undertake within the field of Anti Racism in Education. 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 31st October 2022.

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

Award

PhD Scholarship

Closing date

28 November 2022

Content of offer

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications for one full-time PhD scholarship (a stipend of £13,000 p.a., tuition fee waiver for three years and an expense allowance of £500 p. a.) in the area of Sport and Exercise Science.

The scholarship will start no later than January 2023.

The PhD scholarship will be awarded in the following topic area:

Isometric exercise training: placebo and mechanistic insights

In the past decade, isometric exercise training has emerged as a convenient, cost-effective intervention that can produce clinically meaningful reductions in blood pressure. In fact, isometric exercise training has shown to be the most effective type of exercise to achieve reductions for this significant cardiovascular risk factor. While reductions in blood pressure are suggested to be mediated via physiological mechanisms, such as an enhanced autonomic vasomotor control, no research has examined the psychological factors, such as placebo effects. Placebo effects are favourable outcomes often attributable to participant’s positive expectation about the intervention and have shown to significantly affect cardiovascular outcomes, including blood pressure. At present, it is currently unknown whether the anti-hypertensive effects of isometric training are a result of physiological, psychological or an interaction of the two.

The aim of this PhD is to examine changes in blood pressure following isometric exercise training and identify the contribution of both physiological and psychological effects on reported outcomes. Current objectives are to: 1) examine the physiological and psychological mechanisms associated with isometric exercise training on blood pressure, 2) explore the neurobiological responses following isometric exercise training, and 3) identify how to maximise the physiological and psychological benefits of isometric exercise training.

The successful candidate will be based within the School of Psychology and Life Sciences and will be supported by the following academic members of staff: Professor Andrew Edwards, Dr Jamie O’Driscoll, Dr Jim Wiles and Dr Philip Hurst.

Interested applicants should contact Dr Philip Hurst for an informal discussion philip.hurst@canterbury.ac.uk

To read more about the research of Canterbury Christ Church University in the field of sport and exercise sciences visit our website.

For more general information about studying for a PhD at Canterbury Christ Church University, please email the Faculty Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou: dikaia.chatziefstathiou@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 specify that you are interested in the isometric exercise rehabilitation project and write your research proposal around the description of the project and research questions set out above.

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 18 November 2022.

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