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If you are considering starting a postgraduate research course, you could get help to pay for your course and living costs.
You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan or a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan. Postgraduate research (PGR) programmes include: PhD, MPhil, ResM, MD, DPA, DBA, EdD and DClinPsy.
If you are looking to study a postgraduate taught programme, please view our information on funding for postgraduate taught students .
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the Student Financial Support Team
 
 
 

Postgraduate Masters Loans (PGML)

Thinking of starting a postgraduate masters course this year? You could get help to pay for your course and living costs.
You can find more information at:
When the programme started Maximum loan fee amount
On or after 1 August 2022 £11,836*
On or after 1 August 2023 £12,167*
On or after August 2024 £12,471*
*subject to amount changing each academic year.

Am I eligible for a postgraduate masters loan?

If you have a loan from a previous undergraduate course this will not affect your eligibility for applying for a Postgraduate Masters Loan.
It can depend on your age, course, existing funding, previous study, nationality or residency status to be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. To check your eligibility please refer to the website.

How to apply?

You can apply online for a Postgraduate Masters Loan to Government website at . Please remember to check your eligibility before applying.

Exclusions

  • You will not be eligible for Postgraduate Masters Loan if you have outstanding student loan arrears or have previously been found to be ‘unfit’ for student support (e.g. because of attempted fraud).
  • You will not be eligible if you already have a Masters (or qualification equivalent or higher) degree already.
  • A Postgraduate Masters Loan is not available to students wanting to ‘top-up’ a lower level qualification to a Masters degree. The course must be a full standalone master’s course.
  • You must register for the full 180 credits in order to receive the loan. Prior Accredited learning cannot be used to reduce the number of credits taken.
  • Postgraduate Masters Loans are not available for postgraduate level courses such as PgCert (Postgraduate Certificate), PgDip (Postgraduate Diploma) or where the postgraduate course is funded by undergraduate student finance, such as: ITT (Initial Teacher Training) or Integrated Masters.
All information about the Postgraduate Masters Loan can be found either through or through the websites.
 

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans (PGDL)

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD.
You can find more information at
When the programme started Maximum loan amount
On or after 1 August 2022 £27,892
On or after 1 August 2023 £28,673

Am I eligible for a postgraduate doctoral loan?

You’ll not be eligible for a PhD loan if you already hold a PhD or equivalent qualification or are receiving a Research Council studentship (including fees-only), NHS funding or other government finance towards your PhD.
Your eligibility will depend on your course, existing funding, previous study, age and nationality or residency status. To check your eligibility please refer to the
PhD loans are not available if you began your PhD before 2018/19.

How do I apply for a loan?

You can apply online for a loan on the from late spring/summer.

Details of repayment requirements and the interest rate payable

Repayments will start once you have completed your PhD. You’ll pay at a rate of 6% of your income once you're earning at least £21,000 per year. Please check the most recent information at the .

Further information

 
 
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Postgraduate research degrees

The University of Plymouth offers a range of postgraduate research degrees across all areas of our world-leading research – from digital art and dance to dentistry and geochemistry.
There are about 1,000 postgraduate researchers registered with the University, the majority of whom are located on the main campus. Others are based at our partnership ‘nodes’ around the world.
You will join a vibrant, supportive and forward-thinking community, that is committed to meeting global challenges in creative and imaginative ways.
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