Tuition and Funding
At the University of Birmingham, we understand that financing your online programme is an important consideration. Postgraduate study is a significant financial commitment, and we want to ensure you are aware of the resources available.
Below, we have outlined some popular funding options to help support the cost of your programme, including employer reimbursement, alumni discount, and early bird discount.
You can fill out the form or visit the tuition page of your programme of choice to find out how much you should expect to pay. Our Student Recruitment Coordinators can also answer questions and share additional details about tuition and funding.
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Your funding options
These funding methods are just some of the options available. Our financial guide for postgraduate students contains more information about these and other less well-known funding options.
AI and Data Science Conversion Masters Scholarships
We are excited to be offering Masters Scholarships in 2023/24 for the Online MSc Bioinformatics programme to upskill students from under-represented backgrounds to progress into the AI and Data Science workforce.
This will include 120 students from under-represented groups, particularly women, Black and disabled students and those from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, who will each be supported by a £10,000 scholarship.Learn More
Apply for employer funding
A recent study highlighted that 52% of employers offered reimbursement for upskilling or re-skilling programmes, while 69% covered most or all of their employees tuition costs.1
Ask your HR department or manager if they would consider reimbursing your programme tuition fees to improve your value to the company.
4 ways online degrees benefit you and your employer
The following points may be useful when you speak to your employer about funding.
1. BECOME A MORE EFFECTIVE EMPLOYEE
As an online student with the University of Birmingham, you will be able to apply your new skills and insights immediately in your role. You don’t have to wait until you graduate to add value to your organisation.
2. Save your company money
By contributing to your education, your employer is securing your future with the business, saving them money on interviewing, hiring and training someone else. On average, it costs 6–9 months’ salary to replace an employee.2
3. Study around work commitments
100% online learning gives you the flexibility to study around your existing work commitments, so there’s no need to take a career break to further your development.
4. Demonstrate your value
Point out how your unique skills benefit the business. Over half of companies agree to fund employee upskilling or re-skilling, highlighting the value that employers place on retaining top talent.1
1. UNKNOWN (2019) Closing the Skills Gap: 2019 Research Report. Wiley Education Services [online] Available at: <https://edservices.wiley.com/closing-the-skills-gap-report-2019/> [Accessed 30.06.2020]
2. MERHAR, C. (2020) Employee Retention – The Real Cost of Losing an Employee. People Keep [online] Available at: <https://www.peoplekeep.com/blog/employee-retention-the-real-cost-of-losing-an-employee> [Accessed 30.06.2020]