UK government-backed loans
Postgraduate student loans
Postgraduate loans are now available for UK taught and research masters degrees. Announced as part of the government's 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review, the loans provide up to £10,280 for the academic year 2017/18 and are available for the majority of full-time, part-time and distance learning masters programmes across most subject areas (subject to eligibility criteria).
For the latest information including how to apply and eligibility criteria, please visit our dedicated postgraduate loans page.
Doctoral student loans
The UK Government is introducing a new loans scheme for students starting their doctoral degrees from academic year 2018/19. Final details on individual and course eligibility and exclusions will be published in advance of loan applications opening.
For the latest information please visit our dedicated doctoral loans page.
Professional and Career Development Loans
Alternatively, you could take out a Professional and Career Development Loan from most high street banks to help cover the cost of your course fees and living costs. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,280 and will agree with the bank how you will repay the loan. Find out more.
Advice for students who feel they can’t take out student loans for religious reasons
Some students may feel they cannot take the student loans they are entitled to because of their religious beliefs. It is very important that you have fully considered your options and have consulted your religious adviser before making a decision about funding your studies. The circumstances of each student are different and the appropriate scholar will be able to advise accordingly.
Eligibility for other sources of funding
It is also important to understand that if you decide not to take a loan, this is likely to affect your eligibility for other sources of funding. This may include applications for financial support from the University or other trusts and charities, interest free student bank accounts and benefit entitlements.