Postgraduate student finance

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

If you have any questions about fees and funding, our Money Advice Service is on hand to offer free, specialist advice. We also run finance talks at our postgraduate Open Evenings.

Postgraduate loans

Eligible students 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 have access to postgraduate loans and doctoral loans in the 2020-21 academic year, as part of fee and funding guarantees. You should be starting a course before 1 August 2021.

This information applies to the 2020-21 academic year. It is likely to change from 1 August 2021.

The postgraduate loan

Am I eligible for a postgraduate loan?

How much can I borrow?

What can I use the postgraduate loan funds for?

Can I still apply for other scholarships or bursaries?

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 postgraduate loan?

How do I repay my loan?

How much will I pay back?

My circumstances have changed


The doctoral loan

Am I eligible for a doctoral loan?

How much can I borrow?

What can I use the doctoral loan funds for?

Can I still apply for other funding?

What subjects, research topics and types of degree are eligible?

Where can I study?

How do I apply?

When will I receive the loan?

Is there any interest to pay on my doctoral loan?

How much will I pay back per month?

My circumstances have changed


This information was updated in September 2020 but may be subject to change.

Scholarships

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to postgraduate students and researchers. Take a look at what's on offer.

This information is correct for the 2020-21 academic year. It is likely to change in 2021-22.

+ 2020 Progression Scholarship

+ Alumni Scholarship

+ ARU Bursary

+ International Excellence Scholarship

+ International Merit Scholarship

+ International Alumni Scholarship

+ MBA Scholarship

+ Sport Scholarship

+ Course-specific scholarships/bursaries

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

+ Social work funding

+ Physician Associate funding

+ Graduate loans

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 details of fees on individual course pages, but check our tuition fees page for a general guide.

As well as tuition fees, there may be some extra, course-specific costs. You'll find details in the 'Fees and funding' section of 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. Fees can be paid in three instalments through our online payment system (or in a bank transfer) at the following times:

  • 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. Fees can be paid in three instalments through our online payment system or in a bank transfer.

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. You can contact us at income@anglia.ac.uk.

There are a number of eligibility criteria for the postgraduate loan: see the 'Postgraduate loans' tab on this page for more details.

Doctoral loans

You can use part or all of a doctoral loan to pay fees for a PhD or Professional Doctorate.

There are a number of eligibility criteria for doctoral loans: see the 'Postgraduate loans' tab on this page for more details.

If you're eligible, you can apply online or by post: