Postgraduate funding 2017/18
Access to funding for postgraduate study is a key part of the decision-making process for many students and there are several funding opportunities to explore. We advise you to investigate funding options at an early stage of the application process as you are expected to have made adequate financial provision to cover both fees and living costs for the duration of your postgraduate study.
Our Student Finance and Welfare Team offers support in a number of areas, including information about fees, grants and bursaries, and advice on bank accounts, benefits and bills.
Faculty and alumni scholarships
We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.
We currently offer the Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship for Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a postgraduate taught course. It offers a tuition fee discount of up to 50% to recent DMU graduates who achieved a 2:1 or above.
We also offer a number of tuition fee discounts and country specific scholarships for international students who wish to study a postgraduate course at DMU.
International Alumni Scholarship and Discount scheme
The international alumni scholarship and discount scheme is part of the university’s on-going commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our own graduates.
This scholarship or discount applies to international students who are joining us in September 2017, and who graduated from DMU this year or within the last two years (students graduating from January 2015 onwards). It is available for selected taught Master's or professional courses, depending on your academic achievement.
- A discount of £2,000 is offered to all alumni who have graduated within the last two years.
- A scholarship of £5,000 is available to all alumni who have graduated within the past two years and achieved an upper second or a first class degree.
There is no application process for this discount and scholarship.
For further detail visit the relevant faculty page:
LoveEU Bundle for 2017 entry
DMU welcomes students from more than 130 countries and to help reassure EU students, DMU has created the LoveEU Bundle, which includes:
- A payment of £150 to EU students coming to DMU from outside of the UK to study a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught course at DMU in September 2017.
- Tuition fees guaranteed to remain at UK home-rates for entry September 2017 and January 2018 for the length of the course of study.
- Ticket giveaways to see Leicester City Football Club and Leicester Tiger Rugby Club games – official partners of DMU.
- Silver Membership* of the Queen Elizabeth 2 Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre and Gym (worth £135 for whole year).
Eligible students will be contacted in October 2017 after enrolment processes are complete with details of how to receive the payment. Please keep an eye on your DMU email address for details.
The final deadline for the return of details from students joining DMU wishing to take up the Love EU bundle in September 2017 will be Friday 19 January 2018.
See full details including terms and conditions here.
Leicester Castle Business School
Full Postgraduate Scholarships
Our new international Full Postgraduate Scholarships will cover the total value of the course fee along with an additional £5,000 which can be used towards assistance with accommodation and living costs. This scholarship is available to eligible postgraduate students who are domiciled in India, Russia or Taiwan.
Our MBA Scholarships are worth £5,000 as a course fee reduction and are available to students who have excelled academically and have an offer of admission for any one of our Leicester Castle Business School MBA programmes including the Global MBA and the Sustainable Business MBA.
We are delighted to be able to offer the Principal’s Scholarship for Leicester Castle Business School to students who have made a commitment to studying one of our courses at the Leicester Castle Business School. This scholarship is available to eligible full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Government Postgraduate Loans
Postgraduate Taught and Research Masters Students starting their course in September 2017 may be eligible for a loan of up to £10,000 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 and EU students who do not normally live in England. The loan will be paid directly to students into their bank accounts in three installments during the academic year. Repayments will start after completion of the course, but not until incomes reach over £21,000, in addition any undergraduate repayments being made.
Please note, that not all full-time and part-time courses are eligible for a postgraduate loan. If you are unsure as to whether your course qualifies for funding please contact email@example.com for advice and clarification.
The application cycle is now open.
Professional and career development loans
Loans of £300 to £10,000 are available to anyone studying a course that will enhance job skills or career prospects. They are usually offered at reduced interest rates and the government pays the interest during your studies and for one month afterward. The loans are then repaid over an agreed period of time at an agreed interest rate.
Find out more about professional and career loans.
Some postgraduate students decide to take out personal loans to help cover the cost of course fees. These are available from most high-street banks. Please be mindful of interest rates and the fact that payments usually start immediately, irrespective of whether you have started your studies or not.
Research councils award grants and scholarships to those studying postgraduate and research degrees. Collectively they offer around 12,000 awards each year, usually for full-time students only.
Charities, trusts and foundations
Several external charities, trusts and foundations may be able to help with funding towards a postgraduate degree. These funds are usually restricted to those who meet specific eligibility criteria, which include where you live, vocational choices and family background.
The Harry James Riddleston Charity
Residents of Leicestershire and Rutland aged between 21 and 34 may be eligible for an interest-free loan of up to £10,000.
Sir Thomas White Loan Charity
Those aged over 18 and under 35 who have lived in Leicestershire or Rutland for five years or more may be entitled to an interest-free loan of up to £6,000.
The Directory of Social Change details 4,500 UK trusts and foundations that give around £3.9 billion each year (trustfunding.org.uk). Other publications that can be accessed at local libraries, or the Kimberlin Library on the DMU campus for existing DMU students, include:
- The Directory of Grant Making Trusts (Charities AidFoundation)
- The Grants Register (Macmillan Press)
- The Charities Digest (Waterlow Information Services)
Other sources of funding
Many employers contribute to the funding of postgraduate course for their employees. If making a case to your employer, it is important to demonstrate the benefits of postgraduate study, such as specific career-related skills and knowledge as well as general skills developed during a course or programme. If your employer only agrees to partial funding, you may be able to negotiate additional help with resources or study leave.
Many postgraduate students use a part-time job to fund their studies. We provide support through DMUworks, our online job bank for our students and graduates, which posts more than 1,000 vacancies per year.
Unitemps provides employment opportunities to current students, graduates and members of the local community.
Alternatively, you can become one of our paid Student Ambassadors, who represent and promote DMU to prospective students at events throughout the year.
Paying your fees
When you arrive at DMU, you can select from two payment options:
- One single payment of the full tuition fee at enrolment
- Payment by instalment (online by either direct debit or credit/debit card)
- Three (termly) instalments - normally October, January and April, but can be adjusted for non-standard term dates or
- Up to seven monthly instalments - commencing 2 November, but can be adjusted for non-standard term dates
If your employer or a sponsor is paying your tuition fees,you will need to provide confirmation on headed paper at enrolment, including the full amount they are contributing and invoicing details. Please note, that some courses require a deposit to be paid in advance, so check individual course information for further details.