Postgraduate Loans

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan (new for 2018-19)

If you’re starting a doctoral degree on or after 1 August 2018, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living costs.

It isn’t based on your income or your family’s and it’s paid directly to you. You’ll be able to apply from summer 2018.

Please note: Government figures and new products (Part time Maintenance Loans & Doctoral Loans) are subject to final Parliamentary scrutiny.

Postgraduate Loan 

A Postgraduate Loan can help with tuition fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master’s course.

Funding for Postgraduate Loans is different if you normally live in  2017 WalesNorthern Ireland and Scotland. Moving somewhere to study doesn't count as normally living there.

To get a Postgraduate Loan:

  • your course
  • your age
  • your nationality or residency status

It can be taught or research-based and studied:

  • full time, lasting 1 or 2 academic years
  • part-time, lasting 2 to 4 academic years - no more than twice the length of the equivalent full time course
  • part-time for up to 3 years, where no equivalent full time course exists

For more information on the eligibility, please visit Postgraduate Loans

If you’re an EU national, but don’t normally live in England you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan for a Master’s course at a university or college in England.

What can I get?

If your course starts on or after 1 August 2018

You can get up to £10,609 for your whole course.

If you’re studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course.

If your course started in academic year 2017 to 2018

You can get up to £10,280 for your whole course.

If you’re studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course.

If your course started in academic year 2016 to 2017

You can get up to £10,000 for your whole course.

If you’re studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, you’ll get the first half of the loan in your first year and the rest in your second year.

This will be a contribution towards your course and living costs while you’re studying, and has to be paid back.

The loan will be paid into your bank account in three instalments during the academic year.

If you have a disability, including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, you might be able to get Disabled Students’ Allowances. These don’t have to be paid back and you don’t have to be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan to apply.

If you’re thinking about studying a part-time Master’s course go to part-time students for more information.

When can I apply?

Applications will open in summer 2018.

How do I apply?

Visit the Gov.UK website to make your application. Make sure you apply as early as possible to make sure the Postgraduate Loan is ready for the start of your course.