You’ll be able to see how much postgraduate fees are when you search for courses. Getting funding for postgraduate study isn’t always as straightforward as the process for undergraduate study, but there’s still a range of options you can look into.
You could be eligible for a loan from the UK government of up to £10,000.
What are the fees for postgraduate degrees?
How much are tuition fees for international students studying in the UK?
Is there help for refugees and asylum seekers?
What other expenses should I take into account?
Will it help me financially if I study part-time at postgraduate level?
I don’t want a loan, won’t the university fund me?
Is there help for disabled students?
How do I pay my tuition fees?
What sources of funding are available in the UK for international students?
What about loans or help from my employer?
Tuition fee reductions
Depending upon your country of origin, postgraduate tuition fees may be cut, because of government support given to your university. Often tuition fees are reduced at postgraduate level, with the difference made up by a course provider’s public funding.
Studying a second master’s, or another ‘equivalent or lower qualification’ (ELQ)?
If you’re now doing another postgraduate course at the same level as one you’ve already completed, you’ll have to pay the full tuition fees.
International and EU students
EU students are eligible for the course provider’s public funding, but other international students usually pay the full costs. However, you may be eligible for some of the other funding options outlined below.
- If you’re looking to fund your postgraduate course, take a look at the Scholarship Search website, which has information and guides to help you research your study.
- Use the Prospects postgraduate funding search.
- Search for funding at The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online website.
- Look for Government funding from the seven UK Research Councils – for this option, you’d normally apply through your course provider. They may donate funds to your university for a limited number of scholarships for students who study a taught master's followed by a PhD. Other funding bodies exist – e.g. Arts & Humanities Research Council – but most will also ask universities to allocate their money.
- Apply for Studentships – postgraduate positions that come with funding.
- Employers are also potential sources of funding.
- Charitable trusts and societies – many offer a modest number of small grants. Your university careers service may have a directory of these organisations.
- UK students wanting to study at postgraduate level in Northern Ireland – some financial assistance is provided by the Department for the Economy.
- Scottish students wanting to study at postgraduate level in Scotland – some financial assistance is provided by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.
Apply for a loan
- Professional and Career Development Loans can be used for courses or training programmes that help you with your career.
- UK, EU and international students enrolling on postgraduate and professional courses may be able to use StudentFunder to fund their studies.
How to manage your money during your course
Many students wonder how they'll afford everything during their studies. There's a lot to handle – from tuition fees and accommodation, to food, course materials and a social life.
- Figure out a budget – making your money last through each semester can be hard, so in our Undergraduate section, you can find a budgeting checklist so you’ll know how much money you can spend.
- Balance your work and studies – if you work part-time during your studies, here’s how to find a good balance, plus how you can find a job.
- Manage debts – many of us end up with debts one way or another, but rather than panicking about them, the important thing is to find a way to make them manageable.