Help with Funding

Some help with funding is available.

The Panasonic Trust

The Panasonic Trust, administered by The Royal Academy of Engineering, is able to offer some funding towards the cost of an MSc via short courses at higher education institutions.

Funding is on a case-by-case basis and is normally up to 50% of the course fees. Some funding is also available for non-MSc courses but preference is given to those studying part-time Modular Degree courses.

Applications are assessed on their merits and in relation to the funds available.

Employers are expected to support an application in writing and to contribute to the funding of the course. Applications must also be supported by the CE office course director or co-ordinator to confirm that the applicant is suitable for the course. Applications for grants of less than £1,000 should be submitted at least four weeks before the start of the course. Larger grant applications should be submitted at least six weeks before the course commencement date.

To be eligible for the award of a grant an applicant must:

In order to support funding for an "MSc in Electronic Engineering" via short courses the CE office would normally require a candidate to successfully complete the examinations and assignments for one short course before supporting an application to the Panasonic Trust for funding. However candidates are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact the following for more details.

Barbara Steel, CE Manager, University of Surrey
Tel: 01483 686040

The Panasonic Trust:
E mail:
Tel: 020 7222 2688

CEESI - Continuing Education in Electronics Systems Integration

Funding available of £300 per course for those taking MSc-related short course modules in "Antennas and Propagation", "IP Networking Protocols and Technologies", "RF Circuit and System Design", "RFIC and MMIC" and "Satellite Communications". Note that you do not have to be undertaking the degree course in order to qualify for the bursary. Please log on to the CEESI website or call Barbara Steel on 01483 686040 for further details.

The programme aims to address industry's need for flexible training in electronics systems integration (ESI) by establishing a "pool" of training modules at postgraduate level, accessible partly via the internet. The modular structure caters for people who are looking for continuing professional development (CPD) in a particular field without necessarily being concerned about working towards a qualification.

CEESI modules can be studied on their own as short courses for CPD or they can form part of a programme leading to a postgraduate qualification.

Please contact CEESI for more details.

EPSRC Student Eligibility Requirements

There are essentially just two requirements

  1. Academic qualifications that meet the entry requirements of the proposed course or module
  2. A relevant connection with a country within the European Union.

The term relevant connection is usually through residence and is defined first for the UK and then extended to other EU countries. It is based on regulation 12 of the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1983 (and subsequent amendments) which requires that candidates for awards have a relevant connection with the United Kingdom. A relevant connection may be established if, at the date of nomination, all three of the following criteria apply:

  1. The candidate has been ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three year period preceding the date of application for an award, and
  2. The candidate has not been engaged in full time education while resident in the UK for the last three years, and
  3. The candidate has settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 (i.e. the candidate is not subject to any restriction on the period for which he/she may stay).

Candidates from EU countries other than the UK must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU in the same way as UK candidates must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

The EPSRC Student Eligibility Requirements are published as Annex 1 of the following document Guide to EPSRC Directly-funded Postgraduate Training which is published on the EPSRC website under Student Zone, Advice and Guidelines. (Candidates from EU countries should note that CEESI bursaries are fees-only awards).

Funding by the University of Surrey for Unemployed Engineers

From January 2004 we started a limited funding scheme to subsidise 50% of the costs for up to 2 places on each our short courses - subject to availability. This scheme is under development but, to be eligible for the award of a grant an applicant must:

Small Firms Training Loans (SFTLs)

An SFTL is a commercial bank loan available through a partnership arrangement between the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) and eight high street banks.

SFTLs help businesses pay for vocational education and training. Depending on the amount borrowed the business would not have to start repaying the loan for between 6 and 12 months. During this time the DfEE would pay the interest on the loan. After this the business then repays the loan over a period of 1 to 7 years, as agreed with the bank of their choice.

Who can apply?

Sole traders, partnerships, co-operatives, franchises and limited companies can all apply. The business must not employ more than 50 employees and must either be already trading or about to trade.

Participating Banks

Barclays, Bank of Scotland, Clydesdale, The Co-operative, HSBC, Lloyds TSB, NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland.

How much can I borrow?

You can borrow between £500 and £125,000, depending on your needs and the number of people being trained. For training-related consultancy advice only, the maximum is £5,000.

Further Information

Please contact the SFTL website: