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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 £10,609. for Home or EU students commencing a first Masters course in September 2018. The money is a contribution towards your course or living costs.

Postgraduate loans are available for Postgraduate Taught and Research Masters Students who may be eligible for a loan of up to £10,609 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Loans are available to full-time and part-time students, who are normally resident in England. 

If the course lasts for one year the loan will be paid directly into students’ bank accounts in three instalments during the academic year. For courses lasting longer than this, payments are made over two, three or four years. Repayments will start after completion of the course, but not until incomes reach more than £25,000, in addition to any undergraduate loan repayments being made.

Please note, awarding of a postgraduate loan is subject to you meeting the eligibility criteria, and to ensure you continue to receive the loan, you must remain eligible throughout the course. Your eligibility for the loan is determined by your circumstances and the course you have applied for. 

If you are unsure whether your course qualifies for funding please contact for advice and clarification.


Postgraduate Doctoral Loans  (Student Loans Company)

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans  are being introduced for new students who are starting their studies in September 2018 . Early indications are that a non-means tested loan of up to £25, 000 will be available for Home or EU students commencing this type of course in September 2018. Further details are awaited from Student Finance England.

Applications for postgraduate loans will open in June 2018.



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

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number. A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 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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