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Postgraduate loans

Since the 2016/17 academic year students have been able to apply for a postgraduate loan from the UK government. The postgraduate loan is not income assessed.

Loans are available for both taught and research master's programmes (MA, MSc, MBA, MREs, LLM and MPhil) and cover all subject areas. Eligible new postgraduate students can borrow up to £10,609 towards any costs (like accommodation or tuition fees) associated with their study.

Full-time, part-time and distance learning modes of study are all included.

Postgraduate loans are not available for postgraduate certificates or postgraduate diplomas. You cannot apply for a loan if you have already gained a qualification at masters (or higher) level.

Download our presentation on postgraduate funding.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information on how to apply, how to repay your loan and eligibility criteria.

Discounts for Solent University graduates

Solent University offers graduates a generous discount on postgraduate study. 

Students who achieved a first (1.1) in their undergraduate degree will be offered a 50% discount to study at PG level. Students who achieved a 2.1 or 2.2 will be offered a 20% discount to study at PG level.

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Scholarships are available to help UK, EU and international students to pay for their postgraduate education. Follow the link below to find out more about academic merit scholarships.

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Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are available from the Co-operative Bank. However, because they are a commercial loan product, they should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated.

  • Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work-related learning. 
  • You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). 
  • The government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. 
  • The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. 
  • You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. 

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information.

Doctoral loans

Postgraduate doctoral loans are available for eligible students from the UK Government, and can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD. Whether you qualify depends on your course, your age and your nationality/residency status. You may also be eligible for extra support if you have a disability.

You have to repay your Postgraduate Doctoral Loan at the same time as any other student loans you have. You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment. You will be able to apply for funding for the 2018 to 2019 academic year in summer 2018.

Full information is available on the GOV.UK  website.

Other sources of postgraduate funding

A range of charities and commercial organisations run their own postgraduate bursaries. Some may require you to demonstrate eligibility by producing a written application, short video or other creative project. Others will simply require you to apply online. Some useful links are included below:

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