All postgraduate master’s qualifications, such as an MA, MSc, MRes, MBA, MEd and LLM are covered by the loan, and you can study either full-time, over one or two years, or a one-year full-time course studied part-time over two years. Any amount up to £11,836 can be borrowed, and used to pay for your tuition fees or other costs associated with studying, such as accommodation or course expenses.

If you already hold a master’s qualification or an equivalent qualification (including an integrated Master's degree such as an MEng/MSci) you will not be eligible for the master's student loan.

The loan is a contribution to the costs of your study and is not sufficient to cover all of your tuition fees and living costs for the period. The University provides information on how to help plan your budget.

Am I eligible to apply?

Whether you qualify depends on:

  • your course
  • your age
  • your nationality or residency status.

Please see the GOV.UK website for eligibility information.

Alternative loans have been created for postgraduate study if you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Master's Loan - Eligibility

How will I repay the loan?

You’ll have to start repaying your loan when your income is over a certain amount (the ‘threshold’ amount).

You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment.

Repaying your student loan

How do I apply if I will be studying full-time?

All applications should be made on the UK government website.

How to apply

How do I apply if I will be studying part-time?

If you will be studying part-time and wish to apply for the government master’s loan, you are required to complete your programme in two years. We will not be able to confirm your registration with the Student Loans Company and ultimately release your funding until a study plan has been agreed with the School where you will be studying, so it is important you do this as early as possible.

Please use the appropriate email address below to contact the School you will be studying with to request a study plan for a part-time master's loan.

SchoolContact email address
Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering
Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
Business and Economics
Chemical Engineering
Communication and Media
Creative Arts
Executive Education
Geography and Environment
Loughborough University London
Mathematical Sciences
Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Politics and International Studies
Social and Policy Studies
School of Sports, Exercise and Health Science

Find out more

The Student Loans Company have produced a short video to provide more details.

More information can be found on the GOV.UK website.