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Postgraduate

finance postgraduate mainAs there is a limited amount of Government financial support for postgraduate study in the form of tuition fee loans, maintenance loans or maintenance grants, postgraduate students must find other ways of funding their tuition fees and living costs.

These pages give details of ways you can fund postgraduate study.

Download our guide to Postgraduate Funding

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for postgraduate courses vary depending on the course. For details, please read the "Fees and Finance" tab available on individual course pages.

International students should visit our international fees and funding page.

Living costs

In addition to your tuition fees, we estimate that you will require around £6,000 to £7,000 per year to cover the cost of accommodation, heating, food, books, stationery, travel and other basic living expenses.

The above figures will depend on lifestyle and other financial commitments.

Birmingham City University Loyalty Bursary

Our policy for loyalty fee waivers in 2014/15 applies to Home, EU and International postgraduate students* at Birmingham City University, as set out below.

All faculties will offer a loyalty fee waiver of 10 per cent plus an additional 10 per cent given at the Dean’s discretion. The fee waiver will apply irrespective of the source of your tuition fee funding.

There is currently no differentiation between whether a fee waiver is offered to a postgraduate student registered for a PG Certificate, Diploma, Master's or part thereof. All are currently eligible for the fee waiver.

To be eligible, you must be a graduate of degree level study at Birmingham City University (PhD or MPhil graduates are also eligible)*.

The details of the fee waivers are set out below:

SchoolsCriteria for first 10 per cent discountCriteria for additional discount
School of Architecture
School of Art
School of Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design
School of Jewellery
School of Visual Communication
The fee waiver applies to graduates from any part of Birmingham City University irrespective of the date of your award. 10 per cent fee waiver if you have obtained an upper second-class degree or higher from BIAD. View detailed criteria
Birmingham City Business School 10 per cent fee waiver if you have obtained an upper second-class degree or higher. Please note, these courses are currently excluded from the Postgraduate Loyalty Scheme.
School of Education
School of Law
School of Social Sciences

10 per cent fee waiver if you have obtained a first-class degree.

5 per cent fee waiver if you have obtained an upper second-class degree.

Please note that this additional discount is not available for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
School of Allied Health Professions
School of Defence Healthcare Education
School of Life Sciences

*(Please note the fee waiver is also offered if you are progressing to a level 6 ‘top-up’ course from a Foundation or Dip HE; health school only).

10 per cent fee waiver can be awarded if you achieved a first class honours degree and have successfully completed the Learning from Extra Curricula Activity (LECA) module as part of your undergraduate study.

10 per cent fee waiver can be awarded if you achieved a Distinction in a 'top-up' degree at level 6 and have successfully completed the Learning from Extra Curricula Activity (LECA) module as part of your undergraduate study.

School of Media
Birmingham School of Acting
Birmingham Conservatoire
School of English
New Technology Institute (NTI)
10 per cent fee waiver if you have obtained a first-class degree
School of Digital Media Technology
School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems
School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks
School of the Built Environment
10 per cent fee waiver if you have obtained an upper second-class degree or higher.

To find out more about eligibility speak directly to the school offering the course you are interested in.

Other bursaries

Bursary opportunities may also be available from these organisations:

Find a Masters has eight postgraduate scholarships available for students of any nationality starting a Master's course in autumn 2013 at any state-accredited EU or EEA institution.

LLMstudy.com has annual global bursaries worth £500 each.

Postgrad Solutions has annual bursaries for business students worth £500 each.

TARGETcourses has five bursaries of £2,000 to help pay your fees for a postgraduate course at a UK university in 2013/14.

Self-funding

Students can fund their postgraduate study from savings or use money made available from family.

Students are encouraged to approach employers, who may be able to fund the study, normally this will depend on the added value you may be able to offer your employer, once you complete your study.

Students often combine working with their study, we have many students who work either full time and study part time or work and study part time.

The following options are available to all students whose fees are £500 or more. Please note that international students are required to pay 50% of fees due for the first instalment at enrolment to qualify for either option.

Option 1 – Pay 25 per cent of fees at enrolment plus three Direct Debit payments

Students MUST pay the first instalment at enrolment plus any other course fees due, i.e. registration or residential fees etc. and complete and submit a direct debit mandate with their payment when enrolling.

Option 2 – Pay 25 per cent of fees at enrolment plus six Direct Debit payments

Students MUST pay the first instalment at enrolment plus any other course fees due, i.e. registration or residential fees etc. and complete and submit a direct debit mandate with their payment when enrolling.

To find out more about options to pay please contact us at student.services@bcu.ac.uk or call 0121 331 5588.

Trusts and charities

Students can apply to external trusts and charities to raise funds in an effort to fund postgraduate study.

Career Development Loan

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a bank loan. You make an agreement with a participating bank to borrow an amount between £300 and £10,000. Then once you’ve stopped studying, you pay it back in the normal way.

Repayments start one month after you’ve left your course. You’ll agree a schedule of monthly repayments with the bank when you take out the loan.

The two participating banks are Barclays and the Co-op Bank.

With a Professional and Career Development Loan the Skills Funding Agency pays the interest on the loan while you’re studying – and for one month afterwards.

After this, you’ll pay interest at the rate fixed when you took out the loan. Interest rates on the loans are set so they’re competitive with other ‘unsecured’ personal loans that are commercially available.

Currently, banks offer Professional and Career Development Loans at a reduced customer rate of 9.9 per cent per annum, equivalent to a typical APR of 5-6 per cent over the lifetime of the loan. However, interest rates may vary from bank to bank.

To be eligible, you’ll need to be:

  • 18 or over
  • ‘settled’ in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least the three years prior to the start of your learning programme
  • intending to work in the UK, the EU or the EEA when the course finished

‘Settled’ means having either indefinite leave to enter or remain or having the right of abode in the UK.

Even if you meet the above conditions, the decision on whether you’ve been successful in your application remains with the bank. The bank’s decision will depend on you meeting their specific lending criteria. If you think there might be any problems with your credit rating, talk to your bank before you apply.

For further information or to make an application please call a Next Step adviser on 0800 100 900.

Access to Learning Fund

The Access to Learning Fund is available to current Birmingham City University students. Full and part-time postgraduate students can apply, as long as their course:

  • lasts at least one year, and
  • takes no more than twice as long to complete as an equivalent full-time course (if you are studying part time).

If you are a part-time student with a disability or a specific learning difficulty that means it will take more than twice as long to complete your course than would be typical for an equivalent full-time course, you may still be able to apply for help from the fund.

Students can apply for this fund while they are on an undergraduate course and again once they have enrolled onto a postgraduate course.

Disabled Students Allowance

Postgraduate students with an impairment, health condition or learning difficulty may be able to get financial help from Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs). You can apply through Student Finance England.

Get more information about Disabled Students' Allowance.

PGCE students

Although this is a postgraduate course, current PGCE students are eligible for the finance support package available to full-time undergraduates.
You may also receive a Teacher Training Bursary of up to £20,000 per year, subject specific.

For more information please visit The National College for Teaching and Leadership website, or contact them on 0800 389 2500.