Postgraduate study

Postgraduate funding options, September 2017 entry

Investing in your future

We can tell you the price of a postgraduate degree - but that's not the same as its value. You really can't put a price on turning your dream into reality.

£10,000 postgraduate funding

Student loans are available for postgraduate master's degrees in all subjects, including taught and research programmes for courses beginning on or after 1 August 2016. These loans are available for full-time, part-time and distance learning courses.

You can borrow up to £10,000, paid in three instalments a year. Loans for part-time courses are capped at £5,000 a year.


  • You must be a UK national ordinarily resident in England. Or an EU, EEA or Swiss national ordinarily resident in the EU, EEA or Switzerland.
  • You must be under 60, without an existing qualification at master's-level or above.
  • You must be taking a full stand-alone master's course (180 credits), not a partial master's course requiring a lesser number of credits as a result of being awarded recognition of prior learning (RPL) from previous study or experience. Find out more about RPL here.

You pay back 6% of your income over £21,000 a year, starting from three years after graduation. Interest is charged at RPI +3%.

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Research funding

Some research projects at the University, which may be carried out as the basis of research degrees, are offered with partial or complete funding to cover fees and/or living costs.

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Other sources of funding

These may include:

Social work bursary

You may also be entitled to an NHS social work bursary in Year 1 and 2 of the MA Social Work Studies course.
More about social work bursaries


You may be funded by your employer to cover all or part of course fees. You must provide a letter confirming this or you will be invoiced for your fees.


  • Your eligibility isn't means tested
  • You must be a UK resident, most recently in England - postgraduate master's education provision is a devolved matter for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • You aren't eligible if you already hold a master's qualification (or equivalent or higher level qualification)
  • You must be aged under 60.


You pay back your postgraduate loan when you are earning over £21,000 a year. Repayments are 6‰ of your income above £21,000, so the amount repaid each month depends on how much you earn. Loan repayments are due in the April after completing your course.

Professional and career development loan

We are a professional and career development loans-registered learning provider (registration number 3997). A professional and career development loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For more information about financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

More information

For all fees and funding enquiries, please contact Student Finance.