Funding for UK/EU postgraduate students

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Here you'll find the latest information about the postgraduate loan for Masters students, our scholarships and other sources of funding.

If you'd like an insight into postgraduate study at ARU, book your place on our next Open Evening.

If you are an international student please visit this page.

Postgraduate loan

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From September 2017, eligible students from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales can access a postgraduate loan to study a Masters degree.

EU students will also have access to UK postgraduate loans in 2018/19 as part of fee and funding guarantees following the recent EU referendum.

From September 2018, we also expect PhD (or doctoral) Loans to be introduced. These will offer a loan of up to £25,000 for researchers starting a PhD programme in any subject.

How much can I borrow?

What can I use the funds for?

Can I still apply for other scholarships or bursaries?

Am I eligible?

What courses are eligible?

Where can I study?

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.

Scholarships

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After you graduate

We offer a number of scholarships, and new postgraduate students from the UK and EU may also be eligible for our £400 Books Plus scheme.

Books Plus

EU Partner Scholarship

MBA Scholarship

ARU Sports Scholarship

Course-specific scholarships/bursaries

Sources of funding

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

Options for funding a course include:

Charities, trusts and foundations

PhD studentships

Research councils

The Law Society

Social work funding

Physician Associate funding

Loans

Grants and allowances

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You may be able to apply for some additional grants, allowances and benefits to support you in your study. Some of these are income assessed.

Options include:

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

Tax credits

Council tax

Help with healthcare costs

Tuition fees

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You'll find fees for courses starting in 2017-18 on our individual course pages.

Course pages also contain details of part-time fees, which are linked to the full-time fee and may vary depending on the number of course credits you study each year.

If you're studying a postgraduate course and you already hold an equivalent qualification (for example, another Masters), your tuition fees won't vary from those listed on our course pages.

Paying your fees

Students not receiving a postgraduate loan

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.

Students receiving a postgraduate loan

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) by the following dates:

  • 1 February 2017
  • 1 June 2017
  • 1 September 2017.

Please note: if you're studying a Masters course that lasts longer than 12 months, you'll receive up to £5,000 of the postgraduate loan in your first year and the remainder in your second year. Our repayment plans can be adapted in these instances to suit your needs, but please discuss your case with our finance team.