A Postgraduate Loan is now available to help you pay for your Master's course. You can apply for a loan of up to £10,280 at www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan.

At a glance

  • Funding valueLoans of up to £10,280
  • Suitable for Applicants fromUK, EU
  • DeadlineOn going
  • Funding provider(s)Student Finance England

What it covers

You can apply for a loan of up to £10,280 (2017/18 amount) as a contribution towards your course and living costs.

Who can apply

To get a Postgraduate Loan:

  • you have to be studying a taught or research Master’s course,
  • you have to be under 60 at the start of the first academic year of your course, and
  • you must normally live in England*.

If you’re studying full time your course can last for one or two years. If you’re studying part time your course must be two years (for the equivalent one year full-time course) or up to four years (for the equivalent two year full-time course).If you’re an EU national, but don’t normally live in England you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan for a Master’s course in England.

*The Governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have introduced Postgraduate Loans for UK students who are normally resident in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Applications are expected to open online in June 2017 and loans can be granted to study at any UK university (except Scotland - loan eligibility for students studying outside Scotland are limited to those courses that are not offered at a Scottish University).

Further information

More information can be found on The Student Room website.

Facts about repaying your Postgraduate Loan

Repayments are based on your income, not what you borrowed.

Interest is charged at the Retail Price Index (RPI) plus 3% from the day we make your first payment to you until your Postgraduate Loan is repaid in full or written off.

You can make a voluntary repayment towards your Postgraduate Loan at any time.

If you’re planning to work or travel abroad for more than three months after you finish or leave your course, you must let us know.

How are repayments taken?

No repayments will be taken towards your Postgraduate Loan before April 2019 and only then when your income is over the current threshold of £21,000 a year.

If you’re employed, your employer will take repayments directly from your salary along with tax and National Insurance. If you stop working or your income drops, your repayments will automatically stop until you’re earning over the threshold again. Your employer will pass your repayments to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) at the end of the tax year.

If you’re self-employed HMRC will tell you how much you need to repay after you’ve completed your Self Assessment tax return.

After the end of the tax year HMRC let us know how much you’ve repaid and we’ll send you a statement. They’ll let your employer know when it’s time to stop taking repayments.

How repayments are calculated

You’ll repay 6% of what your income over the current threshold (£404 a week, £1,750 a month or £21,000 a year) towards your Postgraduate Loan.

So, if you’re paid monthly and earn £2,500 a month before tax you’ll repay 6% of the difference between what you earn and the monthly threshold (£1,750).

£2,500 - £1,750 = £750

6% of £750 = £45

So your Postgraduate Loan repayment would be £45 that month.

A repayment will be taken even if you don’t earn £21,000 in a year but exceed the weekly or monthly threshold at any time, for example if you work overtime or get a bonus. 

If you already have a student loan

A Postgraduate Loan won’t affect the repayment of any other student loans you already have for an undergraduate course. If you’ve had any other loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC) you’ll repay these at the same time.

How to apply

Applications are now open at www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Applications for 2017/18 courses will open in June 2017.