This section gives you information about the funding available if you are studying in the UK as a postgraduate student.
If you normally live in England, and you are studying anywhere in the UK, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with course fees and living costs. This loan is not means-tested, which means it is not based on your household income.
If you are on an integrated masters course, you should apply for support as an undergraduate student instead.
Where you are on an eligible course, you must satisfy residency conditions which are broadly similar to those for undergraduate Student Support.
If you normally live in Scotland, you may be eligible for a SAAS-funded Postgraduate loan. Again, this support is for course fees / living costs, but the loan is available for those studying on a smaller range of courses than in England.
Mostly, UK public funding for postgraduate study is handled by Research Councils. Postgraduate Social Work courses are funded by separate bodies.
In England, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (known as ‘BIS’) offer awards for study at European institutions. The Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland, and the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), have postgraduate awards schemes for certain types of study. For most awards from these bodies, you will have to meet qualifying conditions similar to those described for Student Support. EU students would normally be considered for a fees-only award. Awards are usually competitive and should normally be applied for through the academic department at which you will be studying. Contact the relevant funding body, or your institution’s academic department, about other funding that may be available locally.
For more information, consult the funding information on the Prospects web site.