Postgraduate (MA/MSc & PhD) Students

Postgraduate (MA/MSc & PhD) Students

 

TUITION FEES

Masters Study

For MA/MSc courses, fees for 2018/19 will be £6,700 for full-time students and £740 per 20 credit module for part-time study. However, there are set fees for particular Masters courses that differ from this.

Research Degrees

For MPhil/PhD study, fees for 2018/19 will be £4,260 for full-time students and £2,130 per annum for part-time study.

  • All former University of Worcester graduates who have successfully completed a BA or BSc award and then move on to a full-time Masters course at Worcester receive a 10% discount on their tuition fees.
  • Applicants with any gap in study of more than two years are advised to talk to the University finance office to confirm their eligibility to receive the discount.
  • Students are entitled to one discount only, and cannot combine this discount with any other.
  • International postgraduate students cannot receive this discount in addition to the discount for early payment of fees.

Click link to left of this page for full list of tuition fees.

POSTGRADUATE LOANS

Student Finance England offer a Postgraduate Master's Loan to help with course fees and living costs.

  • Students must be studying a taught or research postgraduate course, worth 180 credits, leading to a Masters qualification.
  • Full time courses must last no longer than two years and part time ones no longer than four years.
  • Applicants must be under age 60, normally live in England and not have studied a Masters degree or PhD before.
  • Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish students must have lived in England for at least three years for reasons other than study and EU students must have lived in the EU for at least three years for reasons other than study.
  • International students are not eligible for the Postgraduate Loan unless they have the right to reside permanently in the UK, for example if they have been granted refugee status.
  • Where appropriate the Department for Work and Pensions will count 30% of the Postgraduate Loan as income in the calculation of means tested benefits.


What is available?

If your course starts on or after 1 August 2018

You can get up to £10,609 for your whole course.
If you’re studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course.

If your course started in academic year 2017 to 2018

You can get up to £10,280.
If you’re studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course.

If your course started in academic year 2016 to 2017

You can get up to £10,000.
If you’re studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, you’ll get the first half of the loan in your first year and the rest in your second year.


Repayments

Loans will be repaid concurrently with the undergraduate loan, at a rate of 6% on earnings over £21,000. Interest is charged from the day the first payment is received up until the loan is repaid in full or cancelled. The interest rate on the loan is currently 6.3%. The rate is set by adding 3% to the Retail Price Index (RPI).    

For further information about Postgraduate Master's Loans and to make an application visit: https://www.gov.uk/masters-loan

 

OTHER FORMS OF FUNDING

 

Studentships and Research Grants

Studentships and research grants are available from Research Councils, such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and various educational charities. Click on links to left of this page for further information.


Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) are available to eligible students on vocational courses who have limited or no other financial support. 

A PCDL is a deferred repayment bank loan of up to £10,000 through the Cooperative bank. The amount covers two years of postgraduate study or three if your course includes a year of work experience. Repayments start one month after the period of the loan.

For more information telephone the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or visit www.gov.uk/career-development-loans

The Professional and Career Development Loan scheme is closing. You must apply by 25 January 2019. This will not affect your existing loan.

 

Postgraduate funding for Social Work Students

Postgraduate funding for Social Work students is explained on the Social Work Students page of this website.

 

Extra Financial Help For Students




FURTHER INFORMATION ON SOURCES OF POSTGRADUATE FUNDING CAN BE FOUND AT: www.prospects.ac.uk