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Postgraduate Student Funding

There are many options open to postgraduate students looking for funding and finance to support their studies.
Identifying sources of funding that are relevant to you can seem overwhelming, so we hope the information accessible through this page will be helpful.

Postgraduate loans

Postgraduate Master's Loan Scheme (Student Loans Company)

The UK government is offering non-means tested loans of up to £10,280 for Home or EU students commencing a first Masters course in October 2017. The money is a contribution towards your course or living costs.

Applications are now OPEN for postgraduate loans.

Postgraduate scholarships and bursaries

Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship

Recent Home and EU DMU graduates who achieved a minimum of 2:1 at undergraduate level may be eligible for a discount on their tuition fee of up to 50 per cent for selected full-time and part-time DMU taught master's courses via the Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship.

Hedges Education Studies Scholarship

Four Hedges Education Studies Scholarships are available for final year DMU BA (Hons) Education Studies who achieve at least a 2:1 in their undergraduate degree and are progressing on to the MA Education Practice.

International Alumni Scholarships

The International Alumni Scholarship is based on academic achievement and merit for students who have studied recently at DMU. Students will be entitled to a generous tuition fee scholarship or discount for selected taught master's or professional courses depending on the level of academic achievement attained.

There are also country-specific scholarships for international students who wish to study a postgraduate course at DMU.

British Federation of Women Graduates

This organisation offers scholarships to help with ongoing doctoral work eg. PhD/ DPhil. 

Telephone number for British Federation of Women Graduates: +44 (0)207 7498 8037 

Additional postgraduate loans and grants

Professional and Career Development Loan

The Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow from £300 to £10,000. There is no interest charged while you are studying and loan repayments start once the course ends. Applications should be submitted 3 months before the course starts to allow time for the loan to be processed and your credit referencing to be completed. 

To apply you have to request an application pack by telephone from the National Careers Service on +44 (0)800 100 900.

Sir Thomas White Loans Charity

The Sir Thomas White Loans Charity offer interest-free loans of up to £10,000 for postgraduate study if you have lived in Leicestershire for more than three years and are aged over 18 years old and under 35 years old.

Telephone number for Sir Thomas White Loans Charity: +44 (0)116 204 6620

Sir Harry James Riddleston Charity of Leicester

Applicants may be able to borrow up to £10,000 interest-free for five to 10 years for business, vocational or education purposes from the Sir Harry James Riddleston Charity of Leicester. You must be aged over 21 and under 35 (applicants aged 18–20 may be considered in special circumstances) and reside in Leicestershire or Rutland.

Telephone number for Sir Harry Riddleston Charity of Leicester: +44 (0)1858 463322

Educational grants, trusts and charities

Some educational trusts and charities provide small grants to help towards books, fees or equipment. Lists of trusts and charities can be found in the The Grants Register, which is available in most public libraries and at DMU's Kimberlin Library. Additionally, there are several searchable online Grants databases such as Turn2us.

Funds for women graduates

Funds for Women Graduates offer grants towards living expenses for the final year of a PhD or DPhil for UK, EU or international students.

Telephone number for Funds for Women Graduates: +44 (0)1732 321139 

Additional Postgraduate Support Options

DMU Support Fund

The DMU Support Fund is aimed at students who have taken out all the funding they are entitled to, yet may require extra financial support. In order to apply to the fund, postgraduate students must demonstrate that they have made adequate financial provision to pay their tuition fees and support themselves whilst on their course.  

Council Tax Exemption Certificates

These are available for full-time postgraduate students from the main reception desk in the Student Gateway, once you have enrolled. You should take the certificate to Leicester City Council or whichever local authority you receive your Council Tax bill from.

More Information about Council Tax Exemption Certificates


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