Postgraduate fees and funding
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.
For detailed funding information, please visit our Postgraduate Financial Support section.
A new system of postgraduate loans for master's degrees for students who are resident in England was announced in the Chancellor’s 2015 Autumn Statement. The government-backed student loans will be introduced from August 2016 and will provide a non means-tested loan of up to £10,000 for master's degrees in all subject areas. You can now apply online through the government's website.
The UK Government has also proposed postgraduate research loans for PhD students starting in 2018.
For more information, visit our Fees and Funding page.
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.
If you will be funding your own studies and need financial help to do so, a 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.
Some specific postgraduate taught courses have bursaries and funding attached. Please visit our Financial Support Section for more information on funding for courses such as PGCEs and Social Work.
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.
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 Prospects, Target Courses, UCAS Postgraduate, FindAMasters, FindAPhD, PhD funding on jobs.ac.uk and Research Council grants information on Prospects.
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:
- Postgraduate taught full-time fees (home/EU and international)
- Postgraduate taught part-time fees (home/EU)
- Research fees (full-time and part-time, home/EU and international)
20% alumni discount
We offer a 20% discount on fees for taught postgraduate qualifications. All Level 7 Awards are eligible (including aster's degrees, postgraduate certificates & diplomas), with the exception of PGCE, CIM qualifications, MPhil, Integrated Masters.
The following doctoral awards are also eligible:
- Professional Doctorate in Biomedical Science
- Doctor of Biomedical Science (Professional/Taught Doctorate)
- Doctorate in Health and Wellbeing (Professional/Taught Doctorate)
- Practitioner Doctorate Counselling Psychology
- Professional Doctorate in Education
For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loyalty Discount page.
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. For more details, including terms and conditions, please visit our Postgraduate Financial Support page.