Postgraduate

Help with funding

Find out about funding options to support your postgraduate study.

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Funding for postgraduate home and EU students

Postgraduate Loans for new home and EU students

New full and part-time postgraduate students starting a course in the 2017/18 academic year may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan. Students can apply if they:

  • are studying a taught or research Master’s course,
  • are under 60 years old at the start of the first academic year of their course, and
  • normally live in England.

If you are studying full time the course can last for one or two years. If you are studying part time you can study for two years (for the equivalent one year full-time course) or up to four years (for the equivalent two year full-time course).

EU students who don’t normally live in England, may also be able to get a Postgraduate Loan for a Master’s course at an English university or college.

Students can apply for a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Postgraduate Loans have to be paid back.

Applications are now open; more information can be found in the Student Finance England guide Introduction to Postgraduate Loans (pdf, 668 kb) or the gov.uk postgraduate loan page.

Other loans for study

You may also be able to apply for a commercial loan to help with your tuition fees, course costs or living costs. You are advised to check the terms and conditions of loans carefully. Commercial loans are subject to lending criteria, so there is no guarantee that your application will be approved.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, see the gov.uk website.

You may wish to look into taking out a Professional and Career Development Loan. More information is available from the website above or by calling the helpline on 0800 585 505. Also, some banks and building societies offer their own professional study loans to students studying certain vocational courses. For further information, and to apply, please contact the organisation directly.

A loan taken out to cover living costs may affect any means-tested benefits that you and/or your partner receive.  For more information on state benefits, see below.

Disability support / Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

Disability Support provides a free, professional and confidential service to all students and applicants. Please contact a Disability Adviser if you think you may need support. Disability Support works with students who experience: Specific Learning Difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD)

  • Mental Health Difficulties (such as depression, bi-polar disorder)
  • Long term medical conditions (such as HIV, cancer, multiple schlerosis)
  • Unseen disabilities (such as diabetes, asthma, epilepsy)
  • Sensory impairments (such as visual impairment, hearing impairment)
  • Mobility or physical impairments (such as paralysis, arthritis)

You can apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This is a non means-tested grant available to home students enrolled on eligible Higher Education courses. Your course must be at least one year long. There are additional criteria, particularly if you will study on a part-time course.

DSA is used to help with extra costs incurred by a student as a direct result of a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia. For more information and details of how to apply visit the Direct.gov website.

For more information please contact an adviser on 020 8231 2739 or email disability.support@uwl.ac.uk.

Discretionary Support Fund (DSF)

This is a discretionary fund administered by the Student Welfare Team, to help 'home' full-time and part-time undergraduate, postgraduate and NHS students access and remain in higher education. The purpose of the fund is to support vulnerable students by:

  • helping those who need additional financial support to meet certain costs not covered by statutory funding
  • helping students in financial hardship
  • providing emergency payment for unexpected financial crises
  • assisting students who may otherwise have to leave university as a result of financial difficulties.

Benefits / tax credits

Studying may affect your eligibility for and entitlement to state benefits, particularly if you study on a full-time course.  Several types of benefit may be affected.

Even if you remain eligible to claim, entitlement to certain elements of student funding may still reduce your (or your partner’s) benefits.

It is recommended that you seek advice about this as early as possible.

You have a duty to inform the relevant authority about becoming a full-time student and being entitled to student funding.

Studying should not affect your eligibility for child tax credit, and most student funding is ignored when calculating your (or your partner's) entitlement to this.

However, a change to the number of hours that you are working may affect your eligibility for working tax credit.

We recommend that you should inform the relevant authority if you become a student and if you are entitled to student funding.

More information about this is available from the student advisers in Student Services.

Also see the Student Finance England website.

Other funding sources

You may be eligible for a bursary from organisations such as the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Board, and the British Academy.

For more information about scholarships, bursaries and trusts, see the Prospects website.

Further information on funding for postgraduate study can also be found on the Direct.gov website.

Overseas Students

Overseas students should see financial support for overseas students in the International students section of this website.

Find out whether you are a home, EU or overseas student, as this affects which schemes you are eligible to apply for.  Please note that these rules are different from those governing which category you belong to for paying fees.

For more information, contact Welfare Services at our Ealing site, West London campus, on 020 8231 2573.

EU Referendum and student funding

Following the EU Referendum, the current advice from The Student Loans Company (SLC) in England in relation to EU student funding is as follows:

  • EU nationals or their family members, currently in higher education, and who are assessed as eligible to receive loans and/or grants from the SLC, will continue to receive these loans and grants until they finish their course. This applies to all student finance from the SLC for students in England for which EU nationals are eligible. This includes loans to cover tuition fees (for those resident in the EEA for three years), loans and grants for maintenance (limited to those resident in the UK for at least three years), and some other grants and allowances.
  • The rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who have applied for a place at university from this August to study a course which attracts student support are unchanged. 

The SLC will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. EU nationals, or their family members, who are assessed as eligible to receive grants and/ or loans by the SLC will then be eligible for the duration of their study on that course. These eligibility criteria set out that for students beginning study from this August, EU nationals must have been resident in the UK for at least five years in order to apply for a maintenance loan.

Further, regarding students from the EU and the UK taking part in the Erasmus programme, there has been no change to Erasmus students' immigration status and they will continue to be eligible for their Erasmus grants until any new policies come into effect.

EU funding and support

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years will be eligible for the same funding and support as those in 2016/17.

It has also been confirmed that students’ eligibility will continue throughout their course. For further information, please refer to the UK Government’s EU funding support page.