Postgraduate (MA/MSc & PhD) Students

Postgraduate (MA/MSc & PhD) Students

 

Postgraduate Tuition Fees

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 15% discount on their tuition fees. 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.

Masters Study

For MA/MSc courses, with exceptions, fees for 2019/20 will be £6,890 for full-time students and £766 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 2019/20 will be £4,327 for full-time students and £2,164 per annum for part-time study.

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


Studentships and Research Grants

Studentships and research grants are available to Postgraduate students from Research Councils, such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and from various educational charities.

Click on links to left of this page for further information.

 

Postgraduate Masters 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 on the first day of the first academic year of the course, normally live in England and not have studied a Master's 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?

New applicants in 2019/20 can apply for up to £10,906 as a contribution towards course and living costs.
If you are studying for 2, 3 or 4 academic years, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course. Each year’s amount will be paid in three instalments.

If your course started in academic year 2018/19, you can get up to £10,609 for your whole course.

If your course started in academic year 2017/18, you can get up to £10,280.

If your course started in academic year 2016/17, you can get up to £10,000.

Postgraduate Loans do not depend upon household income.

For further information see: https://www.gov.uk/masters-loan

 

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

Eligible students starting a full or part time, taught or research based Doctoral degree, such as a PhD, on or after the 1st of August 2018 lasting between three and eight academic years can apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan. You can get up to £25,700 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2019 and £25,000 if your course starts before 1 August 2019. You can use it for your course fees and living costs.

The loan is not based on income and is paid directly to the student, divided equally across each year of the course in three instalments a year. The payments may be taken into account by the DWP when calculating any benefits received.

Applicants must not have studied a Doctoral course before and must be under age 60 on the first day of the first academic year of the course. They must be Home or EU students that have lived in England for at least three years before the start of the course for reasons other than study.

For further information see: www.gov.uk/doctoral-loan  


Repayments

Loans for both Postgraduate loans will be repaid concurrently with the undergraduate loan, at a rate of 6% on earnings over £21,000. 

Interest rates are set at Retail Prices Index (RPI) + 3%. This means that the interest charged will be the current RPI percentage, plus an additional 3%. Interest will begin accruing as soon as the first payment is made to the student by the Student Loans Company.

Postgraduate Masters loans begin to be repaid from the April after students graduate and Doctoral Loans either the first April after they leave the course or four years after it started when annual income is over £21,000.

 


Postgraduate funding for Social Work Students

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

 

Additional Support

  • Eligible Postgraduate students may apply for financial help from the University’s Access to Learning Fund.
  • There are several Educational Trust Funds & Charities that provide funds to postgraduate students.
  • The Disabled Students’ Allowance is also available for postgraduate students.

See links to left of this page.



Further information on sources of Postgraduate funding can be found at:  www.prospects.ac.uk