Postgraduate funding for UK and EU students

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The latest information about the new £10k Masters Loan, our scholarships and other sources of funding.

If you are an international student please visit this page.

£10k Loan

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Postgraduate Loans

From September 2016, the Government will be offering a postgraduate loan (PGL) of up to £10,000 for new Masters students.

Can I borrow less than £10,000?

What can I use the funds for?

Am I eligible?

What courses are eligible?

How do I apply?

When will I receive the loan?

Is there any interest to pay on my loan?

How do I repay my loan?

How much will I pay back?

My circumstances have changed

This information may be subject to change. Visit the Student Loans Company website for more information

If you are an international student please visit this page.


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After you graduate

2016-17 Scholarships

Alumni Scholarship

MBA Scholarship

EU Partner Scholarship

Achievement Scholarship

Course-specific scholarships/bursaries

ARU Sports Scholarship


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CV surgery

We recommend you research funding options before committing to a postgraduate course: 

Charities, trusts and foundations

Social work funding


PhD studentships

Research councils

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

Tax credits

Council tax

Help with healthcare costs


Tuition fees

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Chelmsford campus

Fees for postgraduate courses starting in September 2016/January 2017 can be found on our course pages.

Fees for part-time postgraduate students are linked to the full-time fee rate and what you pay depends on the number of course credits you study each year.

Postgraduate research

Full-time fees

MPhil/PhD - £4,500
Professional Doctorate (Stage 1) - £4,200
Bench fee (if required) - Range from £1,000 - £7,000 (depending on nature of research)
Writing up fee - £1,300

Part-time fees

MPhil/PhD - £2,650
Professional Doctorate (Stage 1) - £2,600
PhD by Published Work: Initial registration - £1,000; Full registration - £3,200
Writing up fee - £800

Understanding Research pre-entry course (One semester) - £950

The kinds of qualifications we offer are listed below:

Taught qualifications

Research qualifications

Equivalent or Lower Qualifications [ELQ]

Paying your fees

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to study here. You can’t pay fees on a monthly basis from your wages, they can only be paid in three instalments through our online payment system (or in a bank-to-bank transfer).

  • If you're starting in January: one third of the remaining fees at registration, a further third in April, and the final third in June.
  • If you're starting in September: one third of the remaining fees at registration, a further third in November, and the final third in January.