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 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 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.
  • 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.


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.