Postgraduate funding 2018/19
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.
Postgraduate tuition fees
Standardised postgraduate fees for 2018 entry are as follows:
Full-time home: £5,150
Full-time international: £13,100 (Band 1/Classroom) and £13,600 (Band 2/Laboratory)
Some fees may vary. For accurate information on specific course fees, please visit dmu.ac.uk/pgcourses
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 £21,000, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for advice and clarification.
For 2018/19 there will be no difference between the tuition fees EU students pay for their course and those that that UK nationals pay for the entire duration of their course. EU students may be able to access loans to cover tuition fees for the duration of their course. The Student Loans Company will assess applications against existing eligibility criteria for their year of entry, and will provide loans in the normal way.
DMU - A global university
Course-specific scholarships and alumni scholarships may be available, so check with the relevant faculty directly to see what is currently on offer and eligibility criteria.
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.
Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship
We are fully committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. That is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship, providing DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses. Ask about terms and conditions.
Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
The Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships provide students with the opportunity to develop their sporting performance while studying at DMU. Eligible students will be awarded up to £6,000 of support.
Leicester Castle Business School
Our MBA Scholarships are worth £2,500 as a course fee reduction. It is available to 25 outstanding Global MBA students who have excelled academically and have an offer of admission for our full-time Global MBA programme.
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.
Professional and career development loans
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.
Please note, Professional and Career Development Loans will close to new borrowers next year. The final date for students to submit applications, including top ups to any existing loans, will be Friday, 25 January 2019. The learner must start the course by 24 March 2019.
Existing borrowers will not be affected. They will continue to receive a full service from the Bank during study and repayment.
Research councils award grants and scholarships to those studying postgraduate and research degrees.
Research Councils UK
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.
The Harry Riddleston Charity of Leicester
Sir Thomas White Loan Charity
Those aged over 18 and under 35 who have lived in Leicestershire or Rutland for three years or more may be entitled to an interest-free loan of up to £10,000.
Sir Thomas White Loan Charity
Other Charities and Trusts
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.
How to become a Student Ambassador
Paying your fees
When you arrive at DMU, you can select from two payment options:
- One single payment of the full tuition fee at registration
- 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 registration, 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.
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.
T: (0116) 257 7595 (option 3)
E: email@example.com (for tuition fees, grants and bursaries)
E: firstname.lastname@example.org (for bank accounts, benefits and bills)