Professional qualifications (eg PGCE, legal courses)
We offer financial assistance towards certain one or two-year postgraduate professional qualifications that are a pre-requisite to going into a profession, for example:
- Diploma in Social Work
- Legal Practice Course (LPC)
- Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
These are funded in the same way as an undergraduate award.
How to apply
To apply for funding towards a professional qualification, you'll need to complete the HE1 form online below.
Applications should be submitted by 31 March in the year you plan to begin your course.
Within a month of submitting your application, you'll receive either an approval letter with an income statement or a letter letting you know you're not eligible for funding.
If you're asked to submit an income statement, you'll be told the exact amount of funding you'll get by August of the year you plan to begin your course.
Higher degree courses (eg master's or doctorates)
If you want to undertake a full-time postgraduate master's degree or a doctorate, you can apply for the Jersey Bursary.
This is a non-means test, competitive award of up for £10,000 per year. Up to 12 bursaries are awarded each year.
If you've received a grant for study at master's level, you can apply for funding for study at doctorate level.
You can also apply for a bursary if you've raised enough money for the year of the course you're currently on but not for remaining years, as applications can be made for any academic year of study or research.
If you need an application form, contact Student Finance.
You and your parents must have been resident in Jersey for five years immediately before 31 August of the first year of the course, or would have been resident if your parents are, or were, temporarily employed outside the Island.
If you haven't lived in Jersey for five years before 31 August of the first year of the course, but you have lived in Jersey for at least 12 months before 31 August, you might qualify if you possess "Entitled" status.
You must also:
- have been accepted, either firmly or provisionally, an offer from a university / college to undertake a course of postgraduate study
- have achieved a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1)
How to apply
You'll need to complete the Jersey bursary application form by 1 May, which you can get from Student Finance.
You should also provide us with copies of your degree certificate, or if you haven't been awarded your degree, a statement of your academic standing from your university / college.
Late or incomplete applications won't be accepted.
You can only submit one application for one academic year.
After you've submitted your application
A short list of applicants will be agreed by a panel before the end of May.
If you're shortlisted, you'll be invited to an interview in July where you'll be asked to give a 10 minute presentation to the panel on your chosen topic of research or study.
The panel will comprise of:
- the minister for education, sport and culture (or his representative)
- the director for education, sport and culture (or his representative)
- a Student Finance officer
- a senior academic advisor from the UK
- an independent person
How the bursary will be paid
The bursary will be split into three payments and sent by cheque for collection at your university / college at the beginning of each term.
If you're studying overseas, the cheques will be paid directly into your bank account.
If your course is longer than a year, payment will only be made after a satisfactory annual report.