Postgraduate fees and funding

There are multiple ways to fund a postgraduate degree, including government loans, scholarships and external funding.

Government-backed loans

Postgraduate Master's loans

Government-backed loans of up to £12,167 are available to UK, Irish and eligible EU nationals studying postgraduate Master’s courses in any subject area.

Master's loans

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

Government-backed loans are also available to those studying postgraduate doctoral courses, such as PhDs. Eligible students can borrow up to £28,673.

PhD loans

Scholarships and Bursaries

BCU Graduate Scholarship

The Graduate Scholarship is a 20% fee reduction available to all BCU graduates enrolling on an eligible Master’s-level postgraduate qualification within two years of graduation.

See if you're eligible


As part of this consortium of eight Midlands universities, we’re offering AHRC-funded PhD studentships to excellent research students in the arts and humanities.

PhD Studentships

Other external funding

Each year, there are a range of additional scholarships, loans and bursaries offered by external organisations that are available to those pursuing postgraduate study.

More additional funding

More funding options

  • Employer funding

    If you’re studying a part-time Master’s to climb the career ladder, your employer may contribute to your tuition fees if you study while working for them. Our guide can help you work out how your employer can help, if they're likely to help and how you can ask them.

  • Self-funding

    If you’re self-funding, we offer payment plans for those whose fees are £1,500 or more. 50% of your fees are paid at enrolment, with the remainder paid in instalments.

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Interested in postgraduate study but need more information? This guide contains everything you need to know about applying for and succeeding in postgraduate study.

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