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Field description Field abbreviation Field version Field length Field type
Analytical protocol major source of funding XMSFUND01 2.3.1 2 Char

Valid entries

Code Label
01 Funding bodies
02 UK central govt/local authorities
03 Research councils
04 UK industry/commerce
05 UK charities/voluntary organisations
06 EU sources
07 Other overseas sources
08 Student funded
09 Own institution
10 Joint sources
99 Other/not known

Dependent fields

  • None

Depend upon fields


Additional information

Major source of funding indicates the primary source of funding for a course. It indicates the predominant source of funding where there is more than one source. This field derives Student record Course.MSFUND into common analytical groupings.

Funding bodies include: the Office for Students (OfS), Research England, Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), Scottish Funding Council (SFC), the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy (DfE(NI)), Welsh Government DfES and The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

UK central government/local authorities includes Government department, local education authority, NHS, and other public bodies funding.

Other overseas sources includes overseas governments and organisations, and non-UK based multinational organisations.

Joint sources includes funding where the split between two bodies is determined as 50:50 and so cannot be allocated to the largest source.

Technical Specification

01, 02, 03, 04, 06, 07, 08 01
11, 13, 14, 31, 32, 34, 35, 37, 38, 39 02
21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29 03
41, 42 04
43, 44 05
46, 65 06
51, 84 07
91 08
61 09
71, 72 10
81, NULL 99

Revision history

Date Version Notes
2019-05-23 2.3.1 The technical specification section has been amended to add valid entry 08 'Research England' in Course.MSFUND
2016-11-01 2.2.1 The technical specification section has been amended to remove valid entry 12 'BIS' in Course.MSFUND, as it has been removed for 2016/17, and add code 39 'Skills Funding Agency', which is new. The additional information section has been amended to update the name of the former Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland (DEL(NI)) to Department for the Economy Northern Ireland (DfE(NI
2013-09-30 2.1.1 Additional information and technical specification amended to remove valid entries in Course.MSFUND that have been removed for 2013/14, and add codes 37 and 38, which are new. Valid entry 11 has been removed, as no MSFUND codes remain to derive to it
2013-01-21 1.2.1 Course.MSFUND code 05 removed from technical specification as this valid entry has been removed from the field. Additional information: Funding bodies updated to remove 'Skills Funding Agency, Young People's Learning Agency' due to code 05 removal, 'Welsh Government DCELLS' renamed to 'Welsh Government DfES' in line with the new name for that department
2012-02-09 1.1.2 Additional information: Funding bodies names updates 'Skills Funding Agency, Young People's Learning Agency, Welsh Government DCELLS and The Teaching Agency'
2009-03-18 1.1.1 Created

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