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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.

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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.

Alumni Loyalty Scheme

Starting September 2021 or January 2022?

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni for September 2021 or January 2022 entry, if you graduated since July 2016. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Information on excluded courses can be found here. Terms and conditions can also be found here.

If you are interested in studying the GDL, LLM LPC, or the Barristers Training Courses, please visit the Nottingham Law School fees and funding page for further information on the alumni discount.

Got a query? Please view our Frequently Asked Questions document or get in touch at or 0115 848 4200.

Postgraduate Loans

  • What are they?

    The UK Government provides postgraduate loans of up to £11,222 if your course starts after 1 August 2020 and up to 1 August 2021. If your course starts after 1 August 21, you can borrow up to £11,570 (subject to parliamentary approval).

    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 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 or the Isle of Man for three years before starting your course or;
      • are an EU national living in England on the first day of your course, 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 2020/21 for all national Student Finance services are open. We anticipate that 2021/22 applications will open in Spring 2021. The fastest way to apply is online:

Other Funding Opportunities

  • Funding for research degrees

    Here at NTU, we have an outstanding reputation for our research that shapes lives and society. We are committed to supporting research excellence and nurturing your research talent.

    You may be 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 at NTU. Postgrad Solutions now offer 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. Click here for more information. scholarship information. scholarship information.

  • 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

Further information

Useful links


Prospects Graduate Careers

Scholarship Search (the ultimate postgraduate student funding guide)

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

Grants For Individuals

TURN2US (helps those in need to gain access to financial support)

Still need help?

Postgraduate team
0115 848 4200