Funding for UK/EU postgraduate students

Here you'll find the latest information about postgraduate and doctoral loans for Masters (postgraduate taught) and postgraduate research students, our scholarships and other sources of funding.

If you are an international student please visit this page.

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

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Postgraduate loans

Eligible students from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales can access a postgraduate loan to study a Masters degree, or a doctoral loan to pursue a doctoral qualification such as a PhD. 

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

The doctoral loan

Doctoral loans are being introduced for the first time in 2018 and we expect applications to open in the summer. You can borrow up to £25,000 and a number of eligibility criteria apply. The Gov.UK website has more details.

The postgraduate loan

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.

Sources of funding

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

You may find the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding useful. Anyone can access it but if you're currently studying at ARU, you can login for free here.

Options for funding a course include:

PhD studentships

Charities, trusts and foundations

Research councils

The Law Society

Social work funding

Physician Associate funding

Professional and Career Development Loans

Graduate loans

Scholarships

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.

STEM Scholarship

Alumni Scholarship

MBA Scholarship

EU Postgraduate Bursary

ARU Sport Scholarship

Course-specific scholarships/bursaries

Books Plus

Grants and allowances

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

You'll find fees for postgraduate courses and research programmes 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.

Students receiving a PhD (or doctoral) loan

From September 2018, we expect PhD (or doctoral) loans to be introduced. We will update this page with more information once applications for the PhD loan have opened. This is expected to be in Spring or Summer 2018.