You can get funding for postgraduate study through loans, studentships, bursaries and grants - you might also get help from your employer.
You can now apply for funding for the 2021 to 2022 academic year.
Postgraduate Master’s Loan
If you’re starting a master’s degree, you could get a Postgraduate Master’s Loan to help with course fees and living costs. You can get up to:
- £11,570 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2021
- £11,222 if your course started between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021
- £10,906 if your course started between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020
Postgraduate Doctoral Loan
If you’re starting a doctoral degree, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan to help with course fees and living costs. You can get up to:
- £27,265 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2021
- £26,445 if your course starts between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021
- £25,700 if your course started between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020
It is not based on your income or your family’s and it’s paid directly to you.
Studentships are postgraduate positions that have funding attached for fees, living expenses or both. They’re mainly funded by UK Research and Innovation.
Teacher training, social work, medical and healthcare courses
You can apply for funding for:
Graduate-entry medical students can also get support from Student Finance England for fees charged over £3,465.
Charities and trusts
Charities and trusts sometimes provide grants, often for students from poorer backgrounds or those who’ve achieved academic excellence. Find out more at your local library in these publications:
- the Educational Grants Directory
- the Charities Digest
- the Grants Register
- the Directory of Grant Making Trusts
You can also use the Family Action grant search.
Societies sometimes offer funding for postgraduate or postdoctoral research. They include:
You might be able to get funding from: