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Postgraduate Loan Scheme


Postgraduate loans are now available for many of our Masters courses. Eligible courses starting in the 2017/18 academic year will allow eligible students to apply for up to £10,280. The loans, for both taught and research Masters degrees, will be available for a number of our full-time, part-time and distance learning courses, across all disciplines and subject areas. Further details on the new loans and if you are eligible can be found below.

Can I get a Postgraduate Loan?

To get a Postgraduate Loan: 

  • You have to be studying a taught or research Masters course.
  • You must study the whole course - i.e. you cannot claim exemption from any module as a result of credit gained through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or be studying a Masters course as a ‘Top-up’ to a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma course you completed previously..
  • You must not already have a Masters degree or higher qualification.
  • You must be under 60 at the start of the first academic year of your course.
  • You must normally live in England*. 
  • You can be studying at a university or college or by distance learning.

If you’re studying full-time your course can last for one or two years. If you’re 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) so long as you study 50 per cent of the intensity of the equivalent full-time course. 

*If you are a UK student, however EU students may also be eligible for the loan. You can check the full criteria on the gov.uk website

What can I get?

You can apply for a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards your course and living costs. If your course is longer than one year you can get up to £5,000 in your first year and the rest in your second year. If you’re studying part-time you can only get payments in the first two years of your course. 

The loan will be paid into your bank account in three instalments during the academic year.

When can I apply?

If you’ve taken out a loan with Student Finance England before you can use your account to apply. If you don't have an account you will need to set one up. You can find out more at www.gov.uk You’ll only have to apply once, even if your course is longer than one year.

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Will I be charged interest on my loan?

Interest is charged at the Retail Price Index (RPI) plus three per cent from the day we make your first payment until your loan is paid in full.

How do I repay my loan?

Repayments will be based on your income, not what you borrow.

If you’re studying full-time you’ll start making repayments the April after you finish or leave your course. If you’re studying part-time you’ll start making repayments the April two years after the start of your course or the April after you finish or leave your course, whichever comes first. 

However, no repayments towards Postgraduate Loans will be taken before April 2019 and only when your income is over the current threshold of £404 a week, £1,750 a month or £21,000 a year.

For example, if you’re paid monthly and earn £2,500 before tax you’ll repay six per cent of the difference between what you earn and the threshold (£1,750): 

£2,500 - £1,750 = £750 

Six per cent of £750 = £45 

So your Postgraduate Loan repayment would be £45 that month.

 

What if I already have a student loan?

If you’ve had any other loans from the Student Loans Company for your undergraduate course, you’ll also repay these loans. For example if you took a loan for your undergraduate course that started after 1 September 2012, you’ll repay nine per cent of your income over £21,000 towards that loan and six per cent of your income over £21,000 towards your Postgraduate Loan. So you’ll repay 15 per cent of your income over the threshold in total.

Income each year (before tax)  Monthly salary  Undergraduate loan repayment* Postgraduate Loan repayment 
£21,000  £1,750  £0 £0
£25,000 £2,083 £30 £20
£30,000 £2,500 £67 £45
£35,000 £2,916 £105 £70
£40,000   £3,333 £142 £95
£45,000 £3,750 £180 £120

*If you’re repaying a student loan for your undergraduate course that started on or after 1 September 2012.

Postgraduate loan availability

The government-backed loans will be available for many of our Masters courses. Courses and modes of study that qualify are listed below. Please be aware, when you apply for a loan, any full-time course in excess of one year (such as 15 or 18 months) must be entered as a two-year course.

Architecture and Landscape Design
English Language Study
Research Degrees

The following research based postgraduate degrees (both Full tiime and Part time) are eligible for loans:

  • MAR Accounting and Finance
  • MAR Art, Architecture and Design 
  • MSCR Built Environment and Engineering 
  • MSCR Computing and Creative Technologies 
  • MAR Cultural Studies and Humanities 
  • MSCR Education and Childhood 
  • MAR Film, Music and Performing Arts 
  • MSCR Health and Community Studies 
  • MAR Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour
  • MAR Law 
  • LLMR Law 
  • MAR Marketing, PR and Communications 
  • MSCR Marketing, PR and Communications 
  • MSCR Rehabilitation and Health Sciences 
  • MSCR Social, Psychological and Community Studies 
  • MSCR Sport