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Postgraduate Financial Support

Postgraduate Financial Support

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme 

Postgraduate loans for Masters degrees are available for students who are resident in England and will provide a non means-tested loan in 2020/21 of up to £11,222. To be eligible for the Postgraduate Masters Loan you must be studying for a full Masters award, and must be completing at least 180 credits of study in total.  Please note, you cannot use prior study or experience to exempt you from any of the modules that make up your 180 credits.You cannot receive Postgraduate Masters Loan funding for a repeat period of study on your Masters course (repeat periods of study where the student is required to repeat a module or similar unit of work and is not progressing on their course).Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibilty criteria can be found at www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study

More information can also be found on the FindAMasters website or you can contact our Gateway at gateway@wlv.ac.uk or (01902) 321032 for further details and eligibility criteria.

Many employers are willing to contribute to fees or other expenses associated with postgraduate education as part of staff development - see what your firm offers. You can also have a look at:

The government provides funding for selected postgraduate courses in teacher training, social work and some medical and healthcare courses. If you are applying for a postgraduate course in one of these subject areas find out more below.

Teacher training

The University of Wolverhampton has a long and successful history of providing outstanding teacher training at postgraduate level. We offer a wide variety of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses. If you are applying for a PGCE course, you should also apply for government funding directly as early as possible to ensure you get a decision about funding before you accept any offer from the University.

Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Students who undertake a Masters course leading to registration as a Nurse, Midwife or other Allied Health Professional can apply for undergraduate student finance for their course. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/apply/funding-costs-fees-and-support/financial-support/full-time-undergraduate-study/. In addition stusents can apply for the NHS Training Grant. This is a non-means tested bursary of £5,000 plus additional support for those with children or who are studying a degree in a shortage area. More information on the Training Grant can be found at www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learning-support-fund/training-grant.

Social Work

Social Work is another field in which the University of Wolverhampton has a strong track-record. Thousands of social workers across the Midlands and further afield trained with us. You may be eligible for a social work bursary which could help with both tuition fees and the cost of living while you study. Eligibility for the bursary does not depend on your income and does not have to be paid back. You are advised to apply early once you have been offered a place on the course. There are only a limited number of NHS funded places on the MA Social Work, those who are not allocated a funded place can apply for the Postgraduate Loan

Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund

This is open to UK students in financial hardship studying a minimum of 50% of a full-time course (60 credits). It’s available if you have already made provision for your main study costs (fees and living expenses), but still have expenses over and above those of the average student e.g. child care, specialist equipment or high travel costs.

More about the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

Loyalty discount

If you have completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Wolverhampton, you can enjoy a 20% discount on the fees for a taught postgraduate programme. The discount applies to the first attempt at each year only (so does not apply if you have to retake any modules).

The discount applies to new entrants only who are taking their first course at Postgraduate level (excluding PGCE courses). Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to combine with any other tuition fee discount, bursary or scholarship.

Postgraduate taught courses include masters, postgraduate diplomas and postgraduate certificates. The discount does not apply to PGCE, CIM qualifications, MPhil, or integrated masters.

The following Doctoral awards are also eligible:

Full terms and conditions of the loyalty discount.

Self-finance

Many postgraduates finance their own studies from job earnings. It may be possible to get support from your employer.

Part-time work is also an option. Register with our online job database and view vacancies ranging from temporary, vacation and permanent work to full and part-time positions.

Visit the Careers and Employment Centre to find out the opportunities available.

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  • Contact our Gateway to discuss your options.

Sources of postgraduate funding

There are a number of different sources of funding you may be able to access to study a postgraduate qualification with us.

Below are a few examples of funding available, including government-backed postgraduate loans of up to £11,222 available for master's degrees.

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters courses for students who are resident in England was introduced in August 2016 and will provide a non means-tested loan in 2019/20 of up to £10,906 for Masters degrees in all subject areas. More information can be found at Student Finance England’s website and applications are now open on the UK Government’s website.

More information can be found on the FindAMasters website or you can contact our Gateway at gateway@wlv.ac.uk or (01902) 321032 for further details and eligibility criteria.

For information on funding for Wales go to Student Finance Wales, for Scotland go to Student Awards Agency Scotland and for Northern Ireland go to Student Finance NI.

If you are employed, it may be possible to secure funding for some or all of the cost of your qualification from your employer. If you are thinking about approaching your employer to ask for funding, make sure you put together a business case to justify their support for your studies. This should include a clear explanation of how your qualification will enable you to benefit the business. These may include:

  • increased efficiencies and cost savings
  • improved customer service
  • the resolution of a business problem (e.g. a skills gap)
  • improved profitability or turnover (for private sector organisations)

A well thought through business case should be considered by any employer, so make sure you plan thoroughly before you approach your employer to ask for financial support.

 

Teacher training

The University of Wolverhampton has a long and successful history of providing outstanding teacher training at postgraduate level. We offer a wide variety of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) courses. If you are applying for a PGCE course, you should also apply for government funding directly as early as possible to ensure you get a decision about funding before you accept any offer from the University.

Social Work

Social Work is another field in which the University of Wolverhampton has a strong track-record. Thousands of social workers across the Midlands and further afield trained with us. You may be eligible for a social work bursary which could help with both tuition fees and the cost of living while you study. Eligibility for the bursary does not depend on your income and does not have to be paid back. You are advised to apply early once you have been offered a place on the course and been informed that you have been awarded a bursary. Students who are not awarded the bursary should apply for the Postgraduate Loan above.

The University's Sports Scholarship is open to postgraduate as well as undergraduate students. As a Sports Scholars, you will be expected to:

  • represent WLV Sport in BUCS and student sports competitions
  • attend mentor meetings, Sports Award Dinner, sport fairs and Open Days
  • involve yourself in coaching and/or volunteering activities as required
  • maintain your academic grades

For further details, visit the Sports Scholarship page.

The Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund is open to UK students studying a minimum of 50% of a full-time course. It’s available if you have already made provision for your main study costs but still have expenses over and above those of the average student e.g. child care or high travel costs.

Visit our Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund page for more information.

Many postgraduates finance their own studies from job earnings. It may be possible to get support from your employer.

Part-time work is also an option. Register with our online job database and view vacancies ranging from temporary, vacation and permanent work to full and part-time positions.

Visit the Careers and Employment Centre to find out the opportunities available.

For funding from sources such as charities, trusts and societies, you may need a strong academic background or other demonstrable achievements in your subject area. If you think you are eligible for funding, take time to submit the best application possible to improve your chances of success. In many cases, the funding can be used at any university, whereas others can only be used at specific institutions. In order to study here at the University of Wolverhampton, make sure that the funding can be used for study here before you apply.

There are a number of facilities you can use to research possible funding opportunities. These include:

Postgraduate fees

The tuition fee charged for your programme per year will depend on your level of study, whether you are a home/EU student or an international student, and whether you study full-time or part-time.

For our current tuition fees, please visit the following pages:

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The Gateway

Our Education Guidance Advisors offer friendly and professional advice to prospective students. They have a huge amount of experience answering enquiries on all aspects of coming to University including fees and finances, previous study rules and sources of funding.

Contact the Gateway:

Tel: 01902 321032
Email: gateway@wlv.ac.uk
Web: www.wlv.ac.uk/gateway