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Doctoral student loans

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Doctoral loan

Government Doctoral Loans of up to £26,445 for 2020/21 entry and £27,265 for 2021/22 entry are available for students from England looking to study a PhD or equivalent postgraduate research programme.

Please note that details for students starting in 2021/22 have not yet been released in full by the UK government.

The eligibility criteria on this page refers to 2020/21 entry, unless stated otherwise, and will be updated when further information is available

This information is correct at 21 September 2020. For the latest information, visit

Page history:

21 September 20: page updated with loan amounts for 2021/22 entry.

17 October 19: page updated with loan amounts for 2020/21 entry.

29 January 19: page updated with loan amounts for 2019/20 entry.