Postgraduate Financial Support

Postgraduate Financial Support

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme 

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 of up to £10,000 for Masters degrees in all subject areas. A policy summary for the loans can be downloaded from 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.

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:

  • Government advice on financial assistance to support your learning or contact 0800 100 900.
    • E.g. a Professional and Career Development Loan - a deferred repayment loan can help fund up to two years of vocational learning / education, or up to three years if your course involves a practical work placement. Please note: The Professional and Career Development Loan scheme is closing. You must apply by 25 January 2019.
  • Charitable Trusts 
  • Funding for PGCE students - help for trainee teachers.
  • Postgrad Solutions Ltd bursaries - 15 bursaries of £500 are available to postgraduate students across the UK and Europe for 2015. 

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.

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 decided to apply for the course.

Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund

This is open to UK students 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, but still have expenses over and above those of the average student e.g. child care 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 first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

The discount applies to new entrants only on courses starting from September 2012 onwards.

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.

Unionlearn Fee Discount

The University of Wolverhampton has signed a three-year agreement with TUC unionlearn which means that from the 1st January 2016, new part time students who are full members of a union affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition fees.

To find out more go to terms and conditions.

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.

Find out more

Get first-class advice 

  • 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 £10,000 available for master's degrees.

UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

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 of up to £10,609 for Masters degrees in all subject areas. A policy summary for the loans can be downloaded from 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.

Funding from your employer

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.

 

Career Development Loan

If you will be funding your own studies and need financial help to do so, a Professional Career Development Loan (CDL) could help. These loans are designed to fund study that will help you to further your career or find employment. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000. The loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate with the government paying the interest while you study.

Ideally, you should apply at least three months before you plan to begin your studies, to ensure the bank has enough time to process your application. For more information, including how to apply, contact The Gateway here at Wolverhampton, or visit the government website or phone 0800 100 900.

Funding for specific programmes, such as teacher training and social work

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 decided to apply for the course.

Sports Scholarship

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.

Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund

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.

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.

Find out more

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:

20% alumni Loyalty Discount

We offer a 20% discount on fees for postgraduate qualifications if you're a University of Wolverhampton graduate.

From 1st August 2018, the University will also be offering the Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme and/or a taught postgraduate programme to a postgraduate research programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree and/or Masters level qualification, as long as the new award is at a higher level.

For full terms and conditions please see:

Unionlearn Fee Discount

The University of Wolverhampton has signed a three-year agreement with TUC unionlearn which means that from the 1st January 2016, new part time students who are full members of a union affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), are eligible for a 10% discount on tuition fees. 

To find out more go to terms and conditions.

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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