funding your postgraduate degree

If one of the things on your mind about a postgraduate course is finance, you may be surprised to learn that there are lots of options available to you.

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Fees, funding and payments

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Your fees will also depend on three things:

  • The course you have chosen
  • The course's mode of study - part-time or full-time
  • Your residency status - UK, EU, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or international

For the most up-to-date information on the cost of your course, visit our course pages and if you have any specific questions regarding fees you can speak to our Fees team:

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Loans are now available for many of our master's courses. Eligible courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year will allow eligible students to apply for up to £11,570. The loans, for both taught and research master's degrees, will be available for a number of our full-time, part-time and distance learning courses, across all disciplines and subject areas.

If you are starting a research degree in the 2021/22 academic year, you may be entitled to a government-backed Postgraduate Doctoral Loan.

Find out more about the master's loan scheme

We understand that it can be tricky to pay your fees in one lump sum. That's why we offer instalment options of two, three or seven payments, subject to conditions.

This option's available if your course lasts at least a full academic year and costs a minimum of £395 (based on 2020-21 fees).

The three instalments option is only available if you've taken out the postgraduate loan, to coincide with your loan payments. Please note, instalment arrangements are not available if your fees are paid by a sponsor or employer.

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You may be able to get help from our university in the form of a scholarship, such as a Graduate Teach and Research Assistantship or Studentship. Availability will depend on the course.

You can find out more about our studentship opportunities at The Graduate School or you can find out where postgraduate scholarships are available by searching at Postgraduate Search.

You can also find more information on our Bursaries, Scholarships and Discounts page below.

Bursaries, Scholarships and Discounts

Employer sponsorship

You may work for an employer who is prepared to help fund your postgraduate study as part of your staff training and development. Find out more at Prospects.

Research Councils

If your course is engaged in research, you can get help from the Arts and Humanities Research Board or from a Research Council. More information is available at the UK Research and Innovation

Charities and trust funds

You can apply for partial funding from charities and educational trusts, depending on what course you are taking. There are different forms of funding, including studentships, scholarships and bursaries. To find out more, visit Turn2us.

PGCE courses

If you are studying a full-time postgraduate course leading to Qualified Teacher Status you can apply to Student Finance England (or equivalent for students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland) for tuition fee and maintenance loans, supplementary grants and the Disabled Students’ Allowance. Part-time teacher training students can take out a tuition fee loan. Visit Student Finance England for information.

Alumni discount

 If you are a graduate of Leeds Beckett University, you could be eligible for a 10% discount on your postgraduate study fees. Read the terms and conditions.

Disabled Students' Allowance

You may be eligible for a Disabled Students' Allowance of up to £10,652 per year. Our Disability Services team is your first point of contact to discuss any of your requirements. You can email them at: disabilityservices@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Your fees will also depend on three things:

  • The course you have chosen
  • The course's mode of study - part-time or full-time
  • Your residency status - UK, EU, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or international

For the most up-to-date information on the cost of your course, visit our course pages and if you have any specific questions regarding fees you can speak to our Fees team:

Male student wearing headphones on campus grounds

Loans are now available for many of our master's courses. Eligible courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year will allow eligible students to apply for up to £11,570. The loans, for both taught and research master's degrees, will be available for a number of our full-time, part-time and distance learning courses, across all disciplines and subject areas.

If you are starting a research degree in the 2021/22 academic year, you may be entitled to a government-backed Postgraduate Doctoral Loan.

We understand that it can be tricky to pay your fees in one lump sum. That's why we offer instalment options of two, three or seven payments, subject to conditions.

This option's available if your course lasts at least a full academic year and costs a minimum of £395 (based on 2020-21 fees).

The three instalments option is only available if you've taken out the postgraduate loan, to coincide with your loan payments. Please note, instalment arrangements are not available if your fees are paid by a sponsor or employer.

You may be able to get help from our university in the form of a scholarship, such as a Graduate Teach and Research Assistantship or Studentship. Availability will depend on the course.

You can find out more about our studentship opportunities at The Graduate School or you can find out where postgraduate scholarships are available by searching at Postgraduate Search.

You can also find more information on our Bursaries, Scholarships and Discounts page below.

Woman in an office, looking to the side

Employer sponsorship

You may work for an employer who is prepared to help fund your postgraduate study as part of your staff training and development. Find out more at Prospects.

Research Councils

If your course is engaged in research, you can get help from the Arts and Humanities Research Board or from a Research Council. More information is available at the UK Research and Innovation

Charities and trust funds

You can apply for partial funding from charities and educational trusts, depending on what course you are taking. There are different forms of funding, including studentships, scholarships and bursaries. To find out more, visit Turn2us.

PGCE courses

If you are studying a full-time postgraduate course leading to Qualified Teacher Status you can apply to Student Finance England (or equivalent for students from Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland) for tuition fee and maintenance loans, supplementary grants and the Disabled Students’ Allowance. Part-time teacher training students can take out a tuition fee loan. Visit Student Finance England for information.

Alumni discount

 If you are a graduate of Leeds Beckett University, you could be eligible for a 10% discount on your postgraduate study fees. Read the terms and conditions.

Disabled Students' Allowance

You may be eligible for a Disabled Students' Allowance of up to £10,652 per year. Our Disability Services team is your first point of contact to discuss any of your requirements. You can email them at: disabilityservices@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Financing a master's degree

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