Undergraduate scholarships and bursaries

Each year, DMU offers a range of scholarships and bursaries. In 2022, for undergraduate full-time UK students, these include:

  1. Access Scholarship

    £1,000 cash per year (excluding placement years) to home students studying full time and paying a tuition fee of £9,250. The Access to Higher Education Scholarship is available if you are accepted onto a course with an Access to HE qualification (where it is an entry requirement for the course). Bursary and Scholarship Terms and Conditions apply.

  2. Care Leavers Bursary

    £1,000 cash per year. This bursary is available to eligible students who come to university directly from care. Find out more about the support we offer to care leavers.

  3. Estranged Students Bursary

    £1,000 cash per year. This bursary is available to eligible students who are identified as estranged from their family by Student Finance England (SFE). For further information please do contact transitions@dmu.ac.uk, who are here to help you.

  4. NHS funding

    The UK Government is reforming NHS bursaries. Students studying nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects now have access to the same loans system as other students.

    The NHS Learning Support Fund is available to eligible students starting some allied health professional degree courses, a nursing, or a midwifery course from 1 August 2017. This is in addition to the funding package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs from Student Finance England.

    For more information, please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website.

  5. Earning while you study

    We recognise that many of our students want to work part-time while they are studying. Some of our courses include paid placements while others allow time in their weekly schedule for part-time work on or off campus.

    Our Careers Team also provides support, and has an online job bank for our students and graduates, which posts more than 1,000 vacancies per year.

    Unitemps provides employment opportunities to current students, graduates and members of the local community.

  6. Article 26 Scholarship

    Students seeking asylum in the UK are not able to apply for funding from the Student Loans Company and are charged international student fees. DMU offers eight Article 26 Scholarships for undergraduate students unable to access funding.

    Please note: the Article 26 Scholarship is only available to students looking to start an undergraduate level programme.

    The Article 26 Scholarship consists of:

    • A full fee waiver for the duration of the course
    • Plus a £3,500 contribution towards living costs per year (or £500 if you are in the care of your local authority)
    • One Article 26 Scholarship recipient will also be eligible for free accommodation in a DMU hall of residence for three years (subject to availability). The recipient must be under the age of 25 on 1 September 2021 to receive this element.

    The Article 26 Scholarship webpage contains more information on eligibility and how to apply.

  7. The Mattioli Scholarship

    Applications for the Mattioli Scholarship are currently closed. Applications for the next cycle will open in 2026.

    The Mattioli Scholarship is generously funded by the Ian and Clare Mattioli Charitable Trust and provides financial support for students from low/medium income families, or disadvantaged backgrounds, with an award of £3,000 per year (for a maximum three years). These awards aim to support students from lower income or disadvantaged backgrounds, easing financial pressures so that students can balance study and external pressures, allowing them to achieve their full potential.

    The eligibility criteria are:

    1. You must be a new UK student, starting a full-time undergraduate degree in September 2023.
    2. You are being charged the full tuition fees. These are not being paid (in full or part) by a sponsor or any other professional body.
    3. Applications will be prioritised where household Income has been assessed by student finance as £25,000 or below.
    4. You've not studied in higher education previously. Only applicants with exceptional circumstances could be considered outside these criteria.
    5. You must be enrolled on, and attending an eligible course when the payments are made. Students who transfer to a non-eligible course will cease to be eligible and payments will be prorated up to the point of eligibility.
    6. Scholarships are not normally paid during repeat years of study.

    Terms and conditions

    1. This scholarship is not transferrable.
    2. Student funding record must be in a position for the scholarship allocation to be made and paid, as the bursary element of the scholarship is normally paid directly into a student's bank account by the SLC on behalf of DMU. This means that the following criteria must have been met:
      • Your completed student finance application must have been assessed and finalised by SFE, SFW, SFNI, SAAS (no income related awards will be awarded on provisional financial assessments)
      • You must have signed and returned your student declaration form to the SLC.
      • Your SFE, SFW, SFNI, SAAS record must be available to DMU. Therefore you must have given student finance permission* for your information to be shared with the university.
      • You must ensure that your parents/sponsors have given student finance their permission for their information to be shared with DMU. Permission/consent from you and/or your parents can be given by calling SFE on 0300 100 0612
      • The data held on your student finance record must meet the award eligibility criteria.
      • Once deemed eligible for the award, if your SFE record is not in a position for allocation and/or payment to be made, your payment will be delayed or not made at all.
    3. The bursary element of the scholarship will be paid in instalments in line with DMU’s normal Bursary and Scholarship payment schedule.
    4. Any scholarship/bursary payments made by DMU/ Student Loans Company (SLC) after a student has interrupted their studies or withdrawn from the university will normally be recovered from the student.
    5. Any bursary or scholarship payment made by DMU/ SLC in error OR paid as a result of false information submitted will normally be recovered from the student.
    6. If a payment is not received, it is the responsibility of the student to urgently contact the Student Finance and Welfare team at DMU, so that the non-payment can be investigated. The deadline for the payment of scholarships is the end of the summer term. For the next academic year this will be 14 June 2024. No further awards will be made after this date. Please note: do NOT leave any queries about non-payment until the deadline, as it may take time to investigate and resolve your query.
    7. Payments are triggered via DMU returning a positive registration and attendance confirmations at the relevant points. This process is carried out automatically on your behalf. Students whose SFE, SFW, SFNI, SAAS record is not in a position to have their attendance confirmed will experience a delay in payment.
    8. DMU reserves the right to revise or amend these eligibility criteria and terms and conditions at any time without prior notice. The information provided above must be used in conjunction with award specific information on our Scholarships and Bursaries.

Useful contacts

Our Student Finance and Welfare team offer support and advice on all aspects of money matters, including financial help, funding your studies and tuition fees.

T: (0116) 257 7595 (option 3)

E: studentfunding@dmu.ac.uk (for information and advice on student loans including NHS, tuition fees and Access scholarship)

E: transitions@dmu.ac.uk (for information and advice on all other listed bursaries and scholarships).

E: sfw@dmu.ac.uk (for information and advice on funding your studies, help applying for student funding, budgeting and debt management advice)


direct.gov.uk/studentfinance – detailed information of the Government's student funding package and where you apply for funding when you are ready to do so.


ucas.com/students/studentfinance – general information including help with managing your student budget.

DMU enquiry team

+44 (0)116 2 50 60 70 – our Enquiry Team. Call us with any queries you have about fees and funding.