This section gives you information about the funding available if you are studying in the UK as a postgraduate student.

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Government Student Support for postgraduate study

If you normally live in England, and you are studying anywhere in the UK, you may be eligible for postgraduate support in the form of a Postgraduate Masters' Loan or Postgraduate Doctoral Loan. These loans are intended to provide funding for tuition fees and living costs.

If you normally live in Scotland, you may be eligible for a Postgraduate loan.

If you normally live in Wales, you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters' Loan or a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan. These loans are intended to provide funding for tuition fees and living costs.

If you normally live in Northern Ireland, you may be eligible for a postgraduate tuition fee loan. There is information for Northern Ireland postgraduate students and EU postgraduate students.

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Other funding for postgraduate study

Mostly, UK public funding for postgraduate study is handled by Research Councils. Postgraduate Social Work courses are funded by separate bodies.

In England, there are awards for study at European institutions. The authorities in Northern Ireland and Scotland 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. You can also view funding information at prospects.ac.uk.

Research councils

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Economic and Social Research Council

Medical Research Council

Natural Environment Research Council

Science and Technology Facilities Council

Economic and Social Research Council

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Social work and social care councils

England Health and Care Professions Council

Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)

Scotland Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

Wales Care Council for Wales (CCW)

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