Funding a postgraduate course can be a big financial commitment. There is no statutory funding available for postgraduate courses (other than PGCE courses) and most postgraduate taught students are self funded. There are several ways that students can fund their studies either through work, savings, a Professional & Career Development Loan or educational trust & charity funding. The information given in these pages is designed to assist you in finding financial help that may be available to you.
The tuition fees for postgraduate students varies, depending on your course and whether you are a UK, EU or International Student. Please note: If you already hold a postgraduate degree at the same level or higher than your chosen course of study, the fees will be significantly higher than those quoted. Please contact the Fees Office for further information.
A P & CDL is a bank loan. You make an agreement with a participating bank to borrow an amount between £300 and £10,000. You will have to pay it back once you've left your course, however, you don't pay interest while you are studying. For further information, visit the government's webpage on Professional and Career Development Loans.
If you are in employment, it may be worthwhile asking your employer if they would be willing to give you full or partial support throughout your studies as many employers value the additional knowledge and skills that postgraduate study offers.
Many educational trusts and charities offer financial assistance to home, EU and international students. Most have specific criteria that you must meet in order to receive their help. Some trusts are set up especially to benefit students with disabilities.
You should be aware that:
St Mary's is currently offering thirty postgraduate scholarships for international students.
See our Federal Aid information sheet on the Information for Students from the USA page.
Arts & Humanities Research Council
Association of Charitable Foundations
Charity Commission for England and Wales
Disabled Students' Allowances
Educational Grants Advisory Service
Prospects, the UK'S official graduate careers website
Hardship Fund (Access to Learning)
For more information on student funding, please see the main Money Matters section of this website.