If you are a UK or EU national and plan to start a full-time, part-time or distance learning taught or research Masters course from September you may be eligible to apply for a government-backed loan. Visit the government website for up-to-date information.
The loans are not available for Integrated Masters courses. The value, course-related and personal eligibility criteria, and method of payment vary by domicile. Scottish and Northern Irish applicants may also be eligible for funding for non-Masters programmes.
If your start date has moved to January
We are currently working on updating the Student Loans Company (SLC) courses database to allow you to select the correct course with the correct start date when applying for your government-backed loan but are currently awaiting guidance from SLC on how to do this. Please check back regularly to this page for further updates.
If your start date has been moved to January 2021 then you will not receive any of your government-backed loan until the actual first day of your term in January at the earliest as that will be the official start date of your course. You will need to have completed the online registration and the identity check prior to the university confirming your registration with your awarding body. This triggers the release of your first instalment. Please see the information below for more detail.
Find out more about the funding available:
- if you live in England or the EU
- if you live in Scotland
- if you live in Wales
- if you live in Northern Ireland
Registering with the University
After you apply for a postgraduate loan, and it has been approved, the University will be sent your details and you should then be able to register. If you are receiving a postgraduate loan you do not need to pay your fees up front you will be able to set up an instalment plan with three instalments. If you have any problems with this you should contact the student funding team.
How to receive your funding
For students from England, Scotland, Wales and the EU you will need to have registered and had your identity checked in order to receive the funding from your postgraduate student loan.
If you are studying by distance learning you will need to follow the procedure to get an ID card remotely.
The funding for students from Northern Ireland is paid as a tuition fee loan and so will not be paid to the student but directly to the University.
Applying for funding
If you are having difficulty applying for your funding please contact the student funding team.
Other sources of funding
You can also search our postgraduate scholarships directory.
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