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Postgraduate study

Postgraduate funding options

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 £12,167

Government loans of up to £12,167 are available for master's degrees in all subjects, including taught and research programmes or courses. These loans are available for full-time, part-time and distance learning courses.

If you're an eligible student starting a master’s degree course in 2023/24, you can apply to Student Finance England (SFE) for a master’s loan of up to £12,167 as a contribution towards your course and living costs.

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

Your master's loan is paid directly to you. Unlike your student loan for your undergraduate degree, you’ll need to pay Teesside University directly for your tuition fees. The rest of your loan can be used to cover living and study costs.

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 with EU settled status.
  • 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.
  • Full eligibility criteria


You pay back 6% of your income over the repayment threshold.

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Doctoral loans - up to £28,673

If you're an eligible student starting a doctoral degree course in 2023/24, you can apply to Student Finance England (SFE) for a doctoral loan of up to £28,673 for the duration of your course as a contribution towards the cost of your course and living costs.

You can apply for the loan in any year of your course but you might not get the full amount if you apply after your first year.

Loan amounts subject to government verification.


  • You’ll pay back 6% of your income over the minimum amount (‘threshold’).
  • 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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Teesside University online learning

Our students use a variety of ways to finance their study; some take advantage of our flexible pay-per-module scheme, others are funded by their employer. If you're based in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate student loan.
More about online learning funding

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.

NHS Learning Support Fund

NHS funding is available for various masters courses with bursaries for pre-registration programmes in nursing, midwifery and various allied health professions.
More about NHS funding

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

Teacher training funding

You may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship when you are training to teach in certain subjects and if your course isn't salaried.
More about teaching training funding


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.

Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme

The Ministry of Defence’s Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme promotes lifelong learning among members of the British Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in each of a maximum of three separate financial years for higher level learning of a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3 or above.

Please contact us on 01642 342277 to discuss your eligibility to apply for ELC funding.
More about the Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme

Other sources of funding

These may include:

Fees and funding enquiries

Please contact Student Life.

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