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Funding options for UK and EU postgraduate students

There are a variety of ways you fund your postgraduate study. We've provided an overview of some of the main funding options below, including the postgraduate loan and BU discounts, additional support and other funding. Eligible students can benefit from up to 25% discount on course fees, and may be eligible for scholarships from £2,000 too.

Funding your degree

Postgraduate Loan Scheme - England and EU students

The Postgraduate Loan Scheme offers loans up to £10,609 to any student under the age of 60 who is studying a taught postgraduate programme.

Professional and Career Development Loans

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 7158. A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the gov.uk website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Please note that the Professional and Career Development Loan will be closed down from 25 January 2019.

Your employer

If you are currently in full-time employment, and the course you want to study will improve your knowledge of the field you work in, your employer may be happy to cover all or part of the cost of your course. You will need to speak directly to your employer about this possibility and agree how much funding (if any) they will provide. Visit our sponsorship authorisation web page to find out more.

Students from Scotland or Northern Ireland

Students from Scotland can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland  for a loan to help cover their tuition fees. Students from Northern Ireland can apply to the Department of Education and Learning for a postgraduate award. This will provide payment for approved fees and financial support during your time at university.

Other postgraduate loans

We are aware that there are number of companies that may offer student loans to postgraduate applicants. However, BU does not have any affiliation with any such companies.

Fee discounts

Early payment discount - 5%

A 5% early payment discount is available for any student who pays their fees in full before or within seven days of enrolment. However, if you are being sponsored all or in part by your employer, or you are paying via student loan, you won’t be eligible for this discount. Please note that not all courses are eligible for this discount, including a number of courses delivered by the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences. 

BU graduate discount - 20%*

If you have a first degree (excluding Foundation degrees) from BU then you may be eligible for a 20% graduate loyalty discount on your tuition fees at postgraduate level**. 

To apply for this discount, simply include the details of your existing BU degree on your postgraduate application form. You can apply for the graduate loyalty discount regardless of how long ago you first studied with us. As soon as your entitlement is confirmed, we will automatically apply the 20% discount to your fees.

This discount applies to the first year and any subsequent years of study on an eligible course. However, the discount does not apply if you repeat a unit or the full course. 

Student family discount - 20%*

A 20% student family discount is available (for each year of study) for any student who has an immediate family member who is currently studying at or has graduated from BU. 

An immediate family member means the student’s: 

  • Brothers or sisters 
  • Stepbrothers or stepsisters 
  • Children or stepchildren 
  • Husband, wife or civil partner 
  • Parent 
  • Grandparents or grandchildren.

Staff and staff family discounts*

As a permanent member of BU staff, either full or part-time, you are entitled to a 25% discount on your tuition fees for postgraduate study. You must be employed directly by the university or one of its partner colleges to qualify. The discount applies to the first and any subsequent years of study. It is subject to whether you are still employed by the university (or one of its partner colleges). 

There is also a 20% discount available for the immediate family members of permanent BU staff. An immediate family member is classed as a sibling, a parent, a child, a husband, a wife, or a civil partner. 

To qualify for this discount, the member of staff in question must have worked for BU for one full calendar year before the discount is applied. The discount applies to the first and any subsequent years of the course. However, it will cease to apply if the family member in question leaves the employment of BU.

*Students can only be eligible for one of the student family, graduate/alumni or staff and staff family discounts.

**Includes all Master's level courses, excluding CPD e.g. BSc/PG Dip Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting), MA Advanced Mental Health Practice, MA Education Practice, BSc (Hons)/Grad Dip/Grad Cert Professional Practice, Graduate Certificate Practice Education, MA Advanced Practice, MA Leading and Developing Services, PG Cert Education Practice, PG Dip/MSc Advanced Clinical Practice.

BU financial support funds

We want to provide you with all the support you need to succeed in your postgraduate studies. A range of financial support will be available to you once you have enrolled.

There are three financial support funds available for postgraduate students.

BU Financial Support Fund – This fund provides non-repayable support if you are struggling financially during your studies. It is only available for UK students and the money you receive can be used to cover the cost of accommodation, travel, childcare, books or equipment, among other things.
Small emergency grant – These small grants are designed to provide very short-term assistance to students who are short of money. They are paid in denominations of £15, usually in the form of supermarket vouchers. Any BU student can apply for an emergency grant, but you will be asked to prove that you have very little or no money available.
Emergency loan – This is a short-term advance on your mainstream student funding that is designed to last four weeks. You will need to pay this back once your student loan has been paid. It is only available to UK students and you’ll need to provide details that you have applied for the relevant student support.

Disabled Students' Allowances

If you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, you can receive further financial assistance in addition to the funding you have already received. This is provided by the UK government and is only available to UK students.

Any disability or impairment will be considered as long term if:

  • it has lasted for at least 12 months
  • it is likely to last for at least 12 months
  • it is likely to last for the rest of the person's life.

The amount you are awarded will be based on your individual needs, not your household income.

You can find information about how much funding you are eligible for and how to apply on the gov.uk website.

MA Social Work

If you are studying the MA Social Work course, you may be eligible for a bursary specifically to support students taking this course. The Department of Health capped the number of bursaries available to full-time UK students. Find out more.

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UK and EU student scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships are available for UK and EU students across BU’s faculties – rewarding excellence in academia, sport and music.

Postgraduate international student studying

Postgraduate loan

Find out about the government student loans of up to £10,609 available for eligible students.