To be eligible for a postgraduate loan your course must award a full masters degree, usually worth 180 UK credits. It must be a postgraduate course and not part of a longer, four year, undergraduate masters. It cannot last longer than 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. Eligible courses include MSc, MA and MRes.
You'll still be eligible if you have a PGCE or a postgraduate diploma or certificate.
You have to be aged under 60 before the first day of the first academic year of the programme. Having a loan from a previous undergraduate course won’t affect your eligibility for the postgraduate loan – unless you have outstanding arrears. You can only get a loan if you don’t already have a postgraduate Masters qualification or a higher level qualification like a PHD.
For further eligibility information including nationality and residence status can be found here.
Separate postgraduate loans if you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland introduced postgraduate tuition fee loans in 2017. They are available to students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland and provide up to £5,500.
Wales introduced a postgraduate loan in 2017. Welsh-resident UK students will be able to borrow up to £13,000 (2018-19 figures) for taught and research Masters degrees across the UK.
Scotland has introduced postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 for Masters degree and postgraduate diploma students beginning study at Scottish universities. Scotland offers two seperate postgraduate loans for tuition fees and living costs. Their eligibility criteria differ slightly.
Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) provide help towards the additional costs a student may face as a result of their disability, including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty. Eligible students may be entitled to DSAs of up to £10,993 (2018-19 figures) which is not a monetary award but goes towards any specialist support & equipment you may need to assist with your studies. These are available in addition to postgraduate loans, do not have to be repaid and are not means-tested. More information can be found here.
If you have any questions regarding the DSA process or the support available at Plymouth Marjon University please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 01752 636891
PGCE and Schools Direct (unsalaried) students can receive funding from Student Finance England. Previous Undergraduate funding is not taken into account. You can apply for the same type of funding as undergraduate students – Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan (standard amount and higher income assessed amount) and any relevant grants.
Please refer to our Student Finance, Fees and Funding Webpage for further information regarding Teacher Training funding.
Here are some further postgraduate funding resources: