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Postgraduate funding 2018/19

Access to funding for postgraduate study is a key part of the decision-making process for many students and there are several funding opportunities to explore. We advise you to investigate funding options at an early stage of the application process as you are expected to have made adequate financial provision to cover both fees and living costs for the duration of your postgraduate study.

Our Student Finance and Welfare Team offers support in a number of areas, including information about fees, grants and bursaries, and advice on bank accounts, benefits and bills.

Please note that if you are interested in postgraduate fees and funding for courses starting from September 2018, we are currently still finalising our postgraduate fees and funding package for 2018 entry and this information will be made available on this page soon.

Postgraduate Loans

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Postgraduate loans are available for Postgraduate Taught and Research Masters Students who may be eligible for a loan of up to £10,280 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Loans are available to full-time and part-time students, who are normally resident in England. If the course lasts for one year the loan will be paid directly into students’ bank accounts in three instalments during the academic year. For courses lasting longer than this, payments are made over two, three or four years. Repayments will start after completion of the course, but not until incomes reach more than £21,000, in addition to any undergraduate loan repayments being made.

Please note, that not all full-time and part-time courses are eligible for a postgraduate loan. If you are unsure as to whether your course qualifies for funding please contact for advice and clarification.

EU Students

For 2018/19 there will be no difference between the tuition fees EU students pay for their course and those that that UK nationals pay for the entire duration of their course. EU students may be able to access loans to cover tuition feed for the duration of their course. The Student Loans Company will assess applicantions against existing eligibility criteria for their year of entry, and will provide loans in the normal way.

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DMU Scholarships

Course-specific scholarships and alumni scholarships may be available, so check with the relevant faculty directly to see what is currently on offer and eligibility criteria. 

We also offer a number of tuition fee discounts and country specific scholarships for international students who wish to study a postgraduate course at DMU.

Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship

We are fully committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. That is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship, , providing DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses. Ask about terms and conditions.

Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship

The Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships provide students with the opportunity to develop their sporting performance while studying at DMU. Eligible students will be awarded up to £6,000 of support.

Leicester Castle Business School

Leicester Castle Business School has an exciting portfolio of courses designed to give students the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century and are pleased to offer The Principal’s Scholarship

Professional and career development loans

Loans of £300 to £10,000 are available to anyone studying a course that will enhance job skills or career prospects. They are usually offered at reduced interest rates and the government pays the interest during your studies and for one month afterward. The loans are then repaid over an agreed period of time at an agreed interest rate. 

Find out more about professional and career loans.

Research councils

Research councils award grants and scholarships to those studying postgraduate and research degrees. Collectively they offer around 12,000 awards each year, usually for full-time students only.

Research Councils UK

Charities, Trusts and Foundations

Several external charities, trusts and foundations may be able to help with funding towards a postgraduate degree. These funds are usually restricted to those who meet specific eligibility criteria, which include where you live, vocational choices and family background.

The Harry James Riddleston Charity

Residents of Leicestershire and Rutland aged between 21 and 34 may be eligible for an interest-free loan of up to £10,000.

The Harry Riddleston Charity of Leicester

Sir Thomas White Loan Charity

Those aged over 18 and under 35 who have lived in Leicestershire or Rutland for five years or more may be entitled to an interest-free loan of up to £6,000.

Sir Thomas White Loan Charity

Other Charities and Trusts

The Directory of Social Change details 4,500 UK trusts and foundations that give around £3.9 billion each year ( Other publications that can be accessed at local libraries, or the Kimberlin Library on the DMU campus for existing DMU students, include:

  • The Directory of Grant Making Trusts (Charities AidFoundation)
  • The Grants Register (Macmillan Press)
  • The Charities Digest (Waterlow Information Services)

Other sources of funding

Employer funding

Many employers contribute to the funding of postgraduate course for their employees. If making a case to your employer, it is important to demonstrate the benefits of postgraduate study, such as specific career-related skills and knowledge as well as general skills developed during a course or programme. If your employer only agrees to partial funding, you may be able to negotiate additional help with resources or study leave.

Part-time work

Many postgraduate students use a part-time job to fund their studies. We provide support through DMUworks, our online job bank for our students and graduates, which posts more than 1,000 vacancies per year.

Unitemps provides employment opportunities to current students, graduates and members of the local community.


Alternatively, you can become one of our paid Student Ambassadors, who represent and promote DMU to prospective students at events throughout the year.

How to become a Student Ambassador

Paying your fees

When you arrive at DMU, you can select from two payment options:

  • One single payment of the full tuition fee at enrolment
  • Payment by instalment (online by either direct debit or credit/debit card)
    - Three (termly) instalments - normally October, January and April, but can be adjusted for non-standard term dates or
    - Up to seven monthly instalments - commencing 2 November, but can be adjusted for non-standard term dates

If your employer or a sponsor is paying your tuition fees,you will need to provide confirmation on headed paper at enrolment, including the full amount they are contributing and invoicing details. Please note, that some courses require a deposit to be paid in advance, so check individual course information for further details.

Useful contacts

Our Student finance and Welfare Team offers  support in a number of areas, including information about fees, grants and bursaries, and advice on bank accounts, benefits and bills.

T: (0116) 257 7595 (option 3)
E: (for tuition fees, grants and bursaries)
E: (for bank accounts, benefits and bills)


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