Funding for postgraduate students

Page last updated:
10 Nov 2021

If you’re a full- or part-time postgraduate student there may be different loans, grants and bursaries available to you. 

In this page you’ll find information about different funding options and eligibility criteria.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

In 2021/22, Postgraduate Loans of up to £11,570 will be available to help fund students undertaking a Masters degree. For a full list of Leeds Beckett Masters degrees that are eligible for the Postgraduate Loan, see our Masters Loan Scheme page.

The loans will not be based on household income and will be available to full-time, part-time and distance learning students under the age of 60, studying most taught and research Masters subjects.

Aside from course eligibility, students also need to meet age, nationality and residency criteria. Eligible students can be UK or Irish nationals (or have indefinite leave to remain) and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years on the first day of the academic year of their course start date. They must have most recently been ordinarily resident in England, but borrowers must not have moved to England solely for the purposes of attending the course.

EU students and EEA migrant workers are also eligible if they have settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme and lived in the EU / EEA / Switzerland for three years before the start of the course and would need to study the course in England.

For full details regarding eligibility, please consult the Masters Loan eligibility page.

Applications are made online. If you’ve taken out a loan with Student Finance England before, use your account to apply.

If you do not already have one, set up an account.

The loans will be administered and paid by the Student Loans Company. Repayments will be collected by HMRC at a rate of 6% of earnings above £21,000 from the April after the student has left or completed their course.

For more general information about the loan and to apply, please consult the Masters Loan main page.

Doctoral Loans

In 2021/22, Doctoral Loans of up to £27,265 are available for the length of the degree and this amount is not based on household income. The loan is paid directly to the student and payments will be divided equally across each year of the course. 
Eligibility for the Doctoral Loan will require ensuring that requirements are met with respect to course type, age, nationality and residency. For more details about eligibility, please consult the Doctoral Loan Eligibility page.

Applications are made online. If you’ve taken out a loan with Student Finance England before, use your account to apply.

If you do not already have one, set up an account.

For more general information about the loan and to apply, please consult the Doctoral Loan main page.

Healthcare courses

Students studying a postgraduate pre-registration healthcare course are eligible for the same funding as undergraduate students, comprising of a Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan. See Funding for Undergraduate Students for a breakdown of funding available. Additional funding will be available for students with dependants, childcare costs and a disability.

In addition to this main funding, students will be able to get extra help through the Learning Support Fund. The Learning Support Fund offers support through:

  • Training Grant - £5,000 per academic year
  • Parental Support - £2,000 for students who have parental responsibility for children under 15 years or under 17 years if they are registered as requiring special educational needs
  • Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses - reimbursement for costs incurred over and above daily travel costs related to essential practice placement
  • Exceptional Support Fund - up to £3,000 available for students who are facing severe hardship

(all figures for 2020/21 academic year - 2021/22 figures still pending)

More information is available at NHSBSA Learning Support Fund.

Social Work courses

Social Work students could get funding through a Social Work Bursary. If students are in receipt of this they cannot receive the Postgraduate Masters Loan as well.

The postgraduate bursary consists of:

  • £4,052 contribution towards tuition fees per year
  • A basic grant of up to £3,362,50 per year
  • A means-tested grant of up to £2,721 per year

(all figures for 2020/21 academic year - 2021/22 figures still pending)

There are also grants available if students have an adult dependent or children, as well as help with childcare costs. See NHSBSA for more information and to apply.

PGCE

Students studying on a full-time postgraduate teacher training course leading to Qualified Teacher Status may be eligible for full-time undergraduate support and a training bursary. See the Teacher Training web page for more information.

Employer sponsorship

Find out more about employer sponsorship at Prospects.

Charities and educational trusts

Use the online grants search on the Family Action website to find educational trust funds and charities who may be able to help.

Research councils

For information about Research Council support, visit Research Councils UK.

Contact money advice

We offer advice about student funding, benefits, budgeting and debt, over the phone and at appointments. We run a Money Advice Line on 0113 812 5593. It is open Monday to Thursday between 10:00 and 12:00.

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