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Postgraduate students

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

The below gives information on the postgraduate loans offered by Student Finance England for students commencing in the 2021/22 academic year. If you apply for funding through another national Student Finance body (e.g. Student Awards Agency Scotland, Student Finance Wales or Student Finance Northern Ireland), please contact your national Student Finance body for further information, or you can email the Student Finance team at studentfunding@dmu.ac.uk.

  1. Postgraduate loans scheme

    Postgraduate Master's Loan (Student Loans Company)

    The UK government is offering non-means tested loans of up to £11,570 for Home students commencing a first Masters course in September 2021.

    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 studentfunding@dmu.ac.uk for advice and clarification.

    Postgraduate Doctoral Loan (Student Loans Company)

    The Postgraduate Doctoral Loan has been introduced for new students who are starting their studies from September 2018 onwards.

    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 studentfunding@dmu.ac.uk for advice and clarification.

  2. How your student loan will be paid

    Postgraduate Masters students

    After you have been final registered on your programme, the university will automatically confirm your registration to your national student finance provider. Payments are usually received in your nominated bank account 3-5 working days after your registration confirmation has been sent.

    If there is a mismatch between the course details on your Postgraduate Loan Summary and the course that you have registered on, this could result in a delay or non-payment of your Master's Loan. You may be asked to email a copy of the Postgraduate Loan Summary page of your loan approval letter to studentfunding@dmu.ac.uk, to help us to resolve any course mismatch queries. If you have any queries about your Master's Loan either now or in the future, please contact the Student Finance team at studentfunding@dmu.ac.uk.

    Confirmation of registration for part-time returning students is dependent upon remaining on track and successful completion of the required modules in every academic year of your course.

    Postgraduate Doctoral students

    Once you have been final registered on your programme and the Doctoral College have confirmed that do not receive any Research Council funding, and that your programme of study meets the criteria for funding, the university will confirm your registration to your national student finance provider. Payments are usually received in your nominated bank account 3-5 working days after your registration confirmation has been sent.

    If there is a mismatch between the course details on your Postgraduate Loan Summary and the course that you have registered on, this could result in a delay or non-payment of your Doctoral Loan. You may be asked to email a copy of the Postgraduate Loan Summary page page of Doctoral Loan approval letter to studentfunding@dmu.ac.uk, to help us to resolve any course mismatch queries.

    If you have any queries about your Doctoral Loan either now or in the future, please contact the Student Finance team at studentfunding@dmu.ac.uk.

    Social Work students

    Students studying the MA Social Work course may be eligible for a postgraduate social work bursary. For further information on eligibility and up to date bursary rates, please click here to visit the NHS Business Services Authority website.

    Students in receipt of the Social Work Bursary are not eligible for the Master's loan available from the Student Loans Company (SLC). Those students not in receipt of the Social Work Bursary (excluding the placement travel allowance) must email a copy of their Social Work Bursary Final Notification letter to studentfunding@dmu.ac.uk, before a confirmation of registration can be sent to the SLC.

    The telephone number for the Social Work Bursaries team is 0300 330 1342.

  3. Postgraduate scholarships and bursaries

    Postgraduate alumni scholarship

    Recent DMU graduates may be eligible for a tuition fee discount for selected full-time and part-time DMU taught masters courses via the Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship.

    British Federation of Women Graduates

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

    Email the British Federation of Women Graduates for more information.

  4. Additional postgraduate loans and grants

    Sir Thomas White Loans Charity

    Applicants may be able to borrow up to £10,000 interest-free for 9 years from the Sir Thomas White Loans Charity for postgraduate study. Applicants must be resident in Leicestershire or Rutland for more than three years and be aged over 18 years old and under 45 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 18 and under 45 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)1743 383047

  

 

DMU Support Fund

The DMU Support Fund is aimed at home students who have taken out all the funding they are entitled to, yet may require extra financial support.

 

Funding under Sharia Law

The Sharia Law webpage has further information about funding under Sharia Law.