Postgraduate study

Postgraduate funding options

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.

Master's loans - up to £10,609

Government loans of up to £10,609 are available for master's degrees in all subjects, including taught and research programmes for courses beginning on or after 1 August 2018. These loans are available for full-time, part-time and distance learning courses.

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

Postgraduate Study Loans

Find out more about loans and funding for postgraduate study at Teesside University.


  • 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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Doctoral loans - up to £25,000

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.


  • You must be under 60 years old on the first day of the academic year of your course.
  • You must be a UK or EU national living in England.


  • You’ll pay back 6% of your income over the minimum amount (‘threshold’). This is £21,000 a year, £1,750 a month or £404 a week.
  • If you already have a Postgraduate Master’s Loan then you’ll make a combined repayment of 6% covering both postgraduate loans.

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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.

Our package

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.

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.