Postgraduate & Alternative Funding Sources

There are a number of different methods of funding available for Postgraduate courses – see the main University of Lincoln website for more information.

For information regarding the available support for postgraduate students in England, please see below a booklet produced by the House of Commons Library.

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Prior to the 2016/17 academic year, unlike undergraduate courses, most postgraduate courses were not eligible for funding from the Student Loans Company.  There were, however, a few exceptions such as Architecture, Teaching, etc.

Starting in the 2016/17 academic year there will be funding available from the Student Loans Company for postgraduate Masters courses.  Further information regarding the new postgraduate Masters Loans can be found on the main University of Lincoln website.

The University also runs a postgraduate degree in Social Work which has some funding available from the NHS.

Some other areas of funding postgraduate study are:

Professional & Career Development Loans:  these are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work.  You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000.  Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying.  You can find out which banks offer the loan and order an application pack by calling the National Careers service on 0800 100 900.

Please note, Professional and Career Development Loans will close to new borrowers next year. The final date for students to submit applications, including top ups to any existing loans, will be Friday, 25 January 2019.  Students must start the course by 24 March 2019.

Existing borrowers will not be affected. They will continue to receive a full service from the Bank during study and repayment.

Research Councils: funds are provided direct to Universities from the Research Councils.

Scholarships: the University of Lincoln offers a number of alumni and non-alumni scholarships for students wishing to study at a postgraduate level.

Follow the links below to view more specific information about postgraduate and alternative funding options:

Advice Logo OutlineDSAHardshipLeeke Foundation produce a Postgraduate Funding Guide which gives funding advice and information for students studying at postgraduate level.

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