Funding Opportunities for UK and EU students on a Taught programme

UK and EU students commencing a Taught programme can be supported through University schemes or external schemes as those listed below. 

Please click on the funding title for a brief description of the scheme. Our Funding & Scholarship Calculator is also available to provide information on possible funding opportunities and is updated on a regular basis.

Some possible Funding Opportunities: 

Aber-grad Scholarships

Aberystwyth University offers a Scholarship towards Taught Masters, LLM by research and MPhil tuition fees for Aberystwyth University graduates registering for study in 2018. The Aber-Grad Scholarship applies to both UK/EU and International students. If you hold a First Class Bachelors (Hons.) degree, then the scholarship will be 20% of your tuition fees. Holders of Second Class degrees are eligible for a scholarship worth 10% of your Taught Masters tuition fee

How to Apply for relevant courses must be received by 27th July 2018 at the latest. You do not need to apply separately for this loyalty discount as it is automatically applied to course fees on enrolment where eligible.

Students must be graduates of Aberystwyth University having gained at least a 2:2 or above. The scholarship will be automatically awarded to students registering on any Taught Masters scheme (excluding the PGCE courses) LLM by research or MPhil at Aberystwyth University. All Aberystwyth University graduates (UK, other EU and non-EU) are eligible. The scheme covers all modes of study (full-time, part-time and distance-learning). Applicants may only hold the Aber-grad scholarship with other funding so long as the combined amount does not exceed 50% of the proposed Masters tuition fees. (Note: Please note that the regulations of other scholarships prevent them from being held with other awards. It is the applicants’ responsibility to seek confirmation on this). It does not cover those receiving scholarships or bursaries exceeding 50% of the proposed tuition fees and it does not cover staff candidates. Loans are not treated as scholarships for this purpose. 


Example: MA tuition fees of £6,100 for an AU graduate with a 2i Honours who is subsequently offered a £1,000 bursary for the MA. 

              Threshold for combined scholarships = 0.50 x £6,100 = £3,050. 

              Aber-grad Scholarship (Discount) = 0.10 x £6,100 = £610. Tuition is then reduced to £5,490.

              Less bursary, the net tuition fee = £5,490 - £1,000 = £4,490. 

If you have any queries about the Aber-grad Scholarship, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office. Note: This Scheme is subject to annual review.

Postgraduate Loan (Wales) + grant for PGT Masters (2018-19)

Students starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2018 will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) under Student Finance Wales. The loan will be:

  • contribution towards the costs of study, i.e. it will be at the student’s discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs;
  • non-means tested;
  • paid directly to the student.

The Postgraduate Loan Scheme (Wales) is funded by Student Finance Wales and adminsitered by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The scheme is available for eligible students (under the age of 60 years) who are ordinarily resident in Wales to undertake their first Masters degree (e.g. MPhil, MA, LLM, MSc MRes).

Further information will become available on the Student Finance Wales website, and on The Student Room. The maximum value of the loan is £10,280 (for 2017-2018). See also our overview of the Postgraduate Loan Scheme for Wales. This limit will be increased to £13,000 for 2018-2019. 

Please note: This scheme is currently available to (non-UK) EU students. 

In addition to the Postgraduate Loan, HEFCW will provide an additional £3,416 grant for full-time students commencing on eligible PGT Masters courses in September 2018 and who would be also eligible for the loan. This will be pro-rated for part-time students. This is a one-off grant for the academic year 2018-2019 only  as the recommendations of the Diamond Review will not be fully implemented until 2019-2020. The grant will be in the form of a fee waiver. Applicants must apply for the grant, where the deadline is 4pm on 27th July 2018. Please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office for forms and further advice: e-mail or phone 01970 622023

Postgraduate Study Loan (England)

The Postgraduate Loan Scheme is run by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The scheme is available for eligible students (under the age of 60 years) who are ordinarily resident in England to undertake their first Masters degree (e.g. MPhil, MA, LLM, MSc MRes). Further information is available on the relevant site and on The Student Room. The maximum value of the loan is £10,609 (for 2018-2019). See also our overview of the Postgraduate Loan Scheme


Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (Northern Ireland)

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

The Department for the Economy plans to introduce Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans for Northern Ireland students from the beginning of Academic Year 2017/18.

Whilst the exact details are yet to be finalised, it's likely that non-means-tested tuition fee loans of up to £5,500 will be available to help with course costs, and that students will be able to apply from Summer 2017.

Student Finance Northern Ireland will update their information in Spring 2017 when further information is available.

Postgraduate Funding (Scotland)

Postgraduate Funding 2017-18

Changes have been announced to the funding arrangements for eligible Scottish domiciled students undertaking postgraduate study from 2017-18. They are:

The introduction of a universal student loan entitlement of £10,000 for all eligible one-year full-time taught postgraduate students.  This comprises of a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500.

The funding package is being extended to include eligible students on taught Masters programmes. Previously, funding was limited to a certain number of Diploma courses.

Part-time students undertaking an eligible course over two years can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

There will no longer be a limit on the number of funded places available to Scottish domiciled students studying an eligible course in the rest of the UK.

The current arrangements will still apply with funding offered as long as the course is not available in Scotland.

Funding is only available to students undertaking taught programmes at publicly funded institutions.

There are no changes to the current loan repayment arrangements.

Postgraduate loans will be added to a student’s existing undergraduate loan and repaid as a single loan balance.

You will be able to apply to Student Awards Agency Scotland for 2017-18 funding from next April. If you require any further advice, please contact SAAS on 0300 555 0505


Financing your PGCE (Teacher Training) course

The tuition fees and loans for PGCE (Teacher Training) courses are the same as for undergraduate courses. You should therefore contact your relevant Student Finance Company for further information:

The Welsh Government also offers Financial Support and Incentives for Initial Teacher Training, depending on degree result and subject area. 

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The ESRC provide studentships for students to undertake a year Research Training Masters and a 3 year PhD research programme. Studentships can therefore cover a period of 4 years, subject to satisfactory academic progress. These studentships are offered on a competitive basis. Successful applicants will receive a studentship which covers their tuition fees and provides a subsistence allowance of approximately £14,296.

For scholarships commencing in 2017-2018, the competition deadline will be (12:00 noon) 1st February 2017 for both the Department of International Politics and the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences. Please contact the relevant academic department as soon as possible. 

Aberystwyth University and other universities in Wales are part of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership

Further information is also available from our funding & scholarship calculator.

Professional and Career Development Loans

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 1021. 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.

Relevant GOV.UK webiste:

N.B. Our learning provider registration number is: 1021

Disabled Students Allowance

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are grants to help with the extra costs a student may face because of a disability. Conditions covered include long-term illnesses, mental-health conditions or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Application for DSA can be made after the course application. Please see the Direct Gov website for information: