Answered By: Colin Kinson
Last Updated: Aug 09, 2017     Views: 328

Financial Preparation for Postgraduate Study

There is no postgraduate equivalent of the undergraduate Student Loans/Grants system (unless you are from Scotland where a tuition fee loan can be applied for, for full or part time postgraduate students) and any non-repayable postgraduate financial support is usually awarded on a competitive basis. Planning your finances therefore needs to be a key part of your preparation for your postgraduate study.

From Academic Year 2016/17, the Government will for the first time provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for postgraduate Master’s study. Please visit the Government loan for Master's studies page for more information.

One source of financial support may not be adequate to cover all of your expenditure. Consequently, it is a good idea to begin by working out a realistic estimate of what you will need to cover your tuition fees and living costs and then to be prepared to look for financial support to cover these from a range of sources. These may include:

  • University funds
  • Private borrowing (loans); PCDL*
  • Grants from charities or trusts
  • Combine work and study; employer sponsorship?

* With the introduction from September 2016 of a government loan for post-graduate students (tbc) the government-backed P.C.D.L may be phased-out.

Receiving Statutory Financial Support

Despite the general statement above, there are some Postgraduate courses which are eligible for statutory financial support from the Government. These include eligible trainee teachers on the PGCE programme, postgraduate students in Social Work and Postgraduate NHS-courses. Please visit our webpages for further information on the funding of these courses:

Postgraduate Students
NHS/Social Work
Teacher-training

Northumbria University Funds

Alumni and Academic Scholarships are discounts towards the standard tuition fee for your course. 

Spread the cost of fee payment (self-funding students) via Easy Payment Terms

Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research Fees and Funding
Research Council Awards

Other sources of Postgraduate Funding

If you have any further queries about Postgraduate funding and you would like to speak to an Adviser we operate on a drop-in basis at City Campus and via appointment at Coach Lane Campus, please see the details below on when to visit us.

City Campus

Via drop-in: 10am - 4pm Monday to Friday (1pm - 4pm Wednesday) 
Location: Student Central (University Library)

Coach Lane Campus

Via bookable appointments: Friday 10am - 4pm
Please contact us on 0191 227 4127 or visit in person to book.
Location: Student Central (University Library, Coach Lane)

Email

If you are unable to meet us in person you can also e-mail using the e-mail sv.welfareandinternational@northumbria.ac.uk and an Adviser will respond within 48 hours, this may be extended in busier periods.

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