PG Student Essential Info

Students: Why Register?

Find your postgraduate Masters and PhD funding here
If you’re looking for funding for your postgraduate study, you are in the right place. Welcome to Postgraduate Studentships, the only website designed specifically for postgraduates and intending postgraduates, that brings together all the different types of funding available for postgraduate students, at both Masters and PhD/Doctoral level.

Latest Postgraduate News: Information on the  Master’s Loan can be found here. Find out more about the Postgraduate Doctoral Loan here.

Browse our specialist database of funding from charities, research councils and other general funding bodies and see funding information from a range of Universities and Institutes. Start looking now for Masters Funding and PhD funding.

Introductory guides to postgraduate study and funding
To find out more in general about postgraduate opportunities in the UK, start with our quick introductory guides to postgraduate study.

One registration, two specialist postgraduate websites
When you register (it’s quick, easy and free!) on Postgraduate Studentships or Masters Compare, you’ll find your account works on both sites: once you’ve registered, just log in on either sites’ login pages.

Regular email notifications
To receive a regular notifications from our Think Postgrad websites in your subject area, select your subject as you register. We’ll email you with the latest funding added to Postgraduate Studentships in your subject, as well as new courses added to Masters Compare, and our most recent articles about all things postgraduate.

Search and Compare Masters courses 
If you are looking for Masters courses as well as funding, take a look at Masters Compare.  Search thousands of Masters courses and compare  courses and save the comparisons you make and details of the courses you are interested in.

More Questions?
If you still have questions and would like to know more about how to use Postgraduate Studentships most effectively, please contact us.

Masters Loan Scheme

Students can now apply for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. Our guide below relates to the Postgraduate Loan for England.

About the Loan

For courses starting in 2023, you can get up to £12,167 for your whole course. The loan will be paid directly to you, in instalments during the course, and can be used as a contribution towards fees, or other study or living costs during the masters course, as you decide.

Who is eligible for the Postgraduate Masters Loan?

  1. You must be a UK National, or have settled status in the UK, and have been resident in the UK for three years on the first day of the academic year of your course start date. This must have most recently been resident in England.
  2. You may also be eligible if you’re an EU national and been granted settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme if you have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for at least 3 years.
  3. From 1 August 2021, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members who are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreements will no longer be eligible for home fee status postgraduate financial support and advanced learner loans from Student Finance England for courses starting 2021/22 or after.
  4. You must be under 60 years old.
  5. Eligibility is not based on income – the loan is not means tested.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

Funding applications for the UK Government PhD loans in England and Wales have been available since 2019. Students have the opportunity to borrow up to £28,673 to help cover costs of course fees and living expenses while studying a UK PhD.

What is the Postgraduate Doctoral Loan?

  • A loan worth up to £28,673 (2023)
  • To help support the cost of living and course fees while studying a PhD at a UK university.
  • Available to UK or Irish nationals or citizens that have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme or indefinite leave to remain so there are no restrictions on how long you can stay.
  • Must be under 60 years old to be eligible and must not be receiving Research Council Funding.

How much will I be able to borrow?

You will be able to borrow up to £28,673 (2023). The amount you receive is not based on your family’s income and can be used to cover your cost of living and pay your course fees.

See our guide for eligibility details.

Postgraduate Funding Guide

Who provides PhD and Masters funding: Studentships, scholarships and bursaries.

Funding for postgraduate students usually comes from one or more of a range of key sources, described briefly below. Examples of most of these types of funding are included in Postgraduate Studentships, with the exception of funding you may be able to obtain from your Employer and Self-funding:

Most of the funding listed on Postgraduate Studentships at any time applies to study in the UK, although there are some exceptions and some funding is listed for universities in Europe and occasionally outside Europe.

You can start looking now for Masters  and PhD funding.

For more advice and information see our advice pages.

Postgraduate Study Choices

Postgraduate study offers students a wide range of options. The following brief guide outlines some key issues about different types of study, and identifies some of the things you may need to think about when choosing which kind of study is right for you.

Why choose postgraduate study?
There are many different reasons for choosing postgraduate study, but in general most people choose to study at this level for one or more of the following reasons:

  • interest in the subject
  • self-development
  • career enhancement
  • career change
  • required career entry qualification
  • interest in an academic or research-based career
  • supplement to undergraduate degree, especially if lower than expected
  • desire to postpone entering the working world.

Whichever reasons you identify most closely with, it is important to make sure that the programme you choose will help you realise your goals, and that you are realistic about the requirements and commitments of the programme as well as the benefits you expect to result from it, and the impact it will have on your life. This may therefore effect where and how you study, how much you can afford to pay or borrow, and how much funding you look for.

If you are choosing postgraduate study for more than one of the reasons above, it may be helpful to consider which of the reasons is more important to you, and which factors should determine how you choose your course.

Applying for postgraduate study in the UK
In the UK, Universities require you to apply separately to each institution, with each University having its own requirements and application form, usually online, and its own set of deadlines, which can even vary from course to course within a single university. There is no central postgraduate application system, although a small number of universities run some or all of their postgraduate applications through UCAS.

Think Postgrad

If you are thinking about postgraduate study as a means of postponing your entry into the world of work, we recommend that you consider whether you will really enjoy the course and benefit from it personally, professionally or academically, and take into account the pros and cons of study, including the cost, before applying.

You can start looking now for Masters or PhD opportunities with funding on Postgraduate Studentships, or for courses in your subject area on Masters Compare.