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Loans and scholarships

The University and the government offer a number of loans and scholarships that can help towards the cost of your postgraduate studies. Funding ranges from £600 to £10,280.

Postgraduate Loan for Masters Study

The government recently introduced a loan system for master degrees in the UK. The loan of up to £10,280 is non means-tested and is paid directly to you to be used towards your tuition and living costs. If you are studying your postgraduate degree part-time, you will receive half of the loan in your first year and half in the second. There are a number of eligibility criteria:

  • You must be under the age of 60 and studying a postgraduate degree either full-time, part-time, or on a distance learning plan
  • You must be a UK/EU resident
  • You are not eligible to receive the loan if you already have a postgraduate degree
  • You are not eligible to receive the loan if you are topping up your postgraduate qualification from a diploma to a full masters
  • You are not eligible to receive the loan if you are eligible for the healthcare bursary or are in receipt of a social work bursary from any of the following: National Health Service (NHS), Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS), Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS). However, you are not awarded a Social Work Bursary after applying for one, you may apply for the postgraduate loan.

Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL)

The government offers this loan of between £300 and £10,000 to help you pay for postgraduate degrees that will help you in your career or help you get into work. To be eligible to apply you must live or intend to train in Great Britain. The loan can be used to pay towards your tuition fees and living costs, depending on the amount received. For more information, visit the Professional Career Development Loans webpage on the government website.

Social Work Bursary

If you are studying MA Social Work, you may be eligible for a Social Work Bursary through the NHS Bursary Unit. For more information about eligibility criteria, visit the NHS Business Services Authority website.

Postgrad Solutions Bursaries

Bursaries of £500 are available across a number of subject areas. Please visit the website to apply.

Disabled Students Allowance

The Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is worth up to £10,652 for both full-time and part-time students. The amount received will depend upon the needs assessment. For further information, contact Support Services for Students with Disabilities on 0151 291 3065.

FindAMasters and FindAPhD Postgraduate Scholarships

Scholarships are available for masters and PhD programmes. Please visit the FindAMasters website.