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Funding your studies

Our funding opportunities and generous alumni discounts could offset the costs of your postgraduate studies. Invest in your career, and we'll do all we can to help.

Postgraduate Loans

  • What are they?

    The UK Government provides postgraduate loans of up to £11,570 if your course starts after 1 August 2021 and up to 1 August 2022.

    The amount you can borrow will depend on which national Student Finance service you are funded by. The loans are not means-tested, which means that all eligible applicants can borrow up to the full amount.

    The loan is paid in three instalments to cover the duration of the course. If you choose to study over two or more years, the loan would usually be split over the duration of your course.

    Course and individual eligibility differs between national Student Finance services, please refer to your service for further details on which courses are included.

    This information covers postgraduate loans from Student Finance England. If you apply for your funding through a different national Student Finance service, please refer to that particular provider:

  • Am I eligible?

    If you apply through Student Finance England, you may be eligible for this loan if you:

    • are under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your course
    • are a UK national and normally live in England, and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Ireland for three continuous years before starting your course or;
    • are an EU national living in England on the first day of your course, have settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme and have been ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland for three years before the start of your course
    • will be studying a full-time course lasting one-to-two years or
    • will be studying a two-to-four year part-time course that is no longer than twice the length of the full-time equivalent course (or a three-year part-time course where there is no full-time equivalent)
    • don't already have a Masters or equivalent qualification.

    For more information about eligibility for postgraduate loans, visit

    If you apply through a different national Student Finance provider, please refer to their websites for further information on eligibility.

  • What about repayments?

    If your loan is provided through Student Finance England, you’ll have to repay this loan, but only after you’ve finished your course and after you’re earning more than £21,000 per year. Then you’ll pay it back at a rate of 6% of any income you earn over £21,000.

    If you also have an undergraduate student loan to repay, you’ll make both repayments at the same time.

    If you apply through a different national Student Finance provider, please refer to their websites for further information on repayments.

  • How do I apply?

    Postgraduate loan applications for 2021/22 for all national Student Finance services are open. The fastest way to apply is online:

Alumni Discount Scheme

Starting September 2022 or January 2023?

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni for September 2022 and January 2023 entry, if you graduated during or after the 2017/18 academic year find out more.

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Postgraduate Scholarships

Nottingham Trent University are delighted to offer a number of scholarships for prospective students to help fund their postgraduate study.

To find out more and to apply for our UK Masters, International, and subject-specific scholarships, visit our Postgraduate Scholarships page.

Other Funding Opportunities

  • EU or International Students

    We are happy to offer a range of scholarships to EU and international students.

  • Funding for research degrees

    You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Doctoral loan to help with course fees and living costs of a postgraduate research course, such as a PhD. Applications are now open for 2021 and you can get up to £27,265 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2021.

    You maybe able to get funding for your research project from the University or through external sources such as research councils, government agencies, charities and industry.

    Find out more about fees and funding for research degrees from our Doctoral School.

  • External Funding

    A variety of external organisations including governmental agencies, charities and industry also fund postgraduate studies. Some useful links are:

    Postgrad Solutions bursaries scholarship information scholarship information


    The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

  • Educational Trusts and Charities

    There are also many educational trusts and charities that may be able to help with your postgraduate course funding. You can find standard lists of these in most public libraries. Useful publications include:

    The Charities Digest

    The Directory of Grant Making Trusts

    The Guide to Educational Grants

    The Grants Register

Financial advice

Need advice? Our student finance team are here to help. They can offer guidance on postgraduate fees, loans and money management.

Chat to the team on Unibuddy or contact them at, tel: 44 (0)115 848 2494.

Still need help?

Postgraduate team
0115 848 4200