Funding for your postgraduate studies at NTU

Postgraduate studies are a big investment and you might be wondering how you’re going to pay for them – but there’s a wide range of funding possibilities to explore, and we’re here to help you through the process.

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.

Opportunities that are available:

  • Postgraduate loan: a loan from the UK government
  • NTU postgraduate scholarships: scholarships up to a value of half of your tuition fees
  • Postgraduate discount for 2018/19: 25% discount for most current and recent NTU students (including full fee-paying postgraduate students)
  • Professional and Career Development Loan: offered by participating banks
  • Educational trusts and charities

And if you’re doing a research degree:

  • PhD studentships and bursaries: offered by our Schools every year
  • AHRC funding for Arts and Humanities students
  • University Alliance Doctoral Training Alliance: fully-funded research opportunities and more
  • Research councils
  • Other funding: from external organisations
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Postgraduate loans

  • What are they?

    The UK Government provides postgraduate loans of up to £10,280. The amount you can borrow will depend on which national Student Finance service you are funded by. The loans are not means-tested, this 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 service, 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 or Islands 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. You won’t start your repayments until April 2019, however.

      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?

    Applications are now open for postgraduate loans for all national Student Finance services. The fastest way to apply is online:

    Student Finance England

    Student Awards Agency Scotland

    Student Finance NI

    Student Finance Wales

Key facts about postgraduate loans (2017 entry)

  • You can borrow up to £10,280
  • You may be eligible if you’re a UK or EU national under 60, and normally live in England
  • The course must be:
  • - full-time over 1 or 2 academic years

    - part-time over 2 to 4 academic years (no more than twice the length of the equivalent full-time course).

    - part-time for up to 3 years (where no equivalent full-time course exists).

  • Your repayments will be only 6% of anything you earn over £21,000 (£404 a week or £1,750 a month)
  • For more information about Postgraduate Loans, visit SFE's dedicated student finance zone on The Student Room.

NTU Postgraduate Scholarships

Nottingham Trent University is pleased to offer a number of scholarships worth up to the value of half your tuition fee. These scholarships are available to students who have been made an offer of a place to study on an eligible postgraduate Masters course starting in September 2018 or January 2019. The scholarships will be available in the form of a tuition fee reduction.

We award these competitive scholarships to students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Application deadlines

Courses starting in September 2018

  • Monday 19 February 2018 16:00 GMT (4 pm)
  • Monday 23 April 2018 16:00 GMT (4 pm)
  • Monday 18 June 2018 16:00 GMT (4 pm)
  • Final deadline: Monday 2 July 2018 16:00 GMT (4 pm)

Courses starting in January 2019:

  • Monday 15 October 2018 16:00 GMT (4 pm)
  • Final deadline: Monday 12 November 2018 16:00 GMT (4 pm)

Download the application form.

For further information on current schemes please visit the relevant School website below:

Professional and specialist scholarships

We are also delighted to offer a number of professional and specialist scholarships such as the Art & Design Paul Smith scholarship, Nottingham Business School MBA and EMBA scholarships and Nottingham Law School professional scholarships.

For more information on current schemes, please visit the relevant School website via the links above.

Postgraduate Taught and Professional Alumni Loyalty Scheme - September 2018 and January 2019

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Terms and conditions and excluded courses for courses starting in September 2018 and January 2019.

Got a query? Please view our Frequently Asked Questions document or get in touch at or 0115 848 4460.

Professional and Career Development Loans

If you are not eligible for the Postgraduate Loan, or if it is insufficient to cover your tuition fees and/or living costs, you may be able borrow a Professional and Career Development Loan of between £300 and £10,000 from a participating bank.

Provided you are studying a course that will help your career, the bank will usually offer you the loan at a reduced interest rate and the government pays the interest while you’re studying.

For more information, you can call 0800 100 900 or visit

Educational trusts and charities

There are also many educational trusts and charities that may be able to help you 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.

Find out more about obtaining funding from trusts and charities.

Are you an EU or International (non-EU) student?

We’re happy to be able to offer a range of scholarships for you, too.

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.

Other funding opportunities

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. & are also offering £12,000 in postgraduate scholarships: scholarship information schoalrship information

You can also find further information about funding on the websites listed in the further information box below.

Further information

Useful links


Prospects Graduate Careers

Scholarship Search (the ultimate postgraduate student funding guide)

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding (guide to Career Development Loans)

Grants For Individuals

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

Funding for your postgraduate studies at NTU

Published on 20 December 2017

Still need help?

Postgraduate team
0115 848 4200