Help with Funding

From 2019/20 academic year, the Government will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500* per student for postgraduate study.


Please find below some information on loans available for Postgraduate study.

Professional and Career Development Loans

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider.

A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning.

For further information on financial assistance to support your learning:

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Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

Postgraduate tuition fee loans are available for 2019/20 entry.

The Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan is available for postgraduate courses studied full-time, part-time 'in attendance', or distance-learning full-time or part-time, over no more than three years.

The Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan for postgraduate study will be:

  • Non-means tested
  • Available for courses commencing during the 2019/20 Academic Year
  • Paid directly to the Higher Education Provider (HEP)
  • Eligibility Criteria
    • Northern Ireland-domiciled students studying at authority/publicly funded institutions in the United Kingdom, and EU students studying at authority/publicly funded institutions in Northern Ireland
    • The same residency criteria as for undergraduate student support will apply
    • There is no age limit
    • Students can avail of the loan even if they hold an equivalent or higher qualification –
    • Students will be entitled to one postgraduate tuition fee loan only.
    • Applicants must commence the course in the academic year 2019/20 or later (i.e. on or after 1st August 2019)

    The Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan will be available for the following postgraduate courses:

    • Postgraduate Master’s courses (taught or research)
    • Postgraduate Diplomas
    • Postgraduate Certificates

    The loan will not be available in respect of PhD, Integrated Masters, or Postgraduate Certificate in Education courses.

  • Payments

    The maximum loan amount available is £5,500* per course and is capped as follows:

    Length of courseLoan amount
    one-year course£5,500
    each academic year of a two-year course£2,750
    each academic year of a three-year course£1,833

    Please note that students will become eligible to make loan repayments from the beginning of the tax year (April 6th) following their completion of, or withdrawal from, the course – subject to their income exceeding the minimum repayment threshold (for Academic Year 2018/19 this is £17,775 per year, £1,481 per month, or £341 per week before tax and National Insurance).

    The Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan will be added to the balance of any undergraduate student loan that the student may have, and a repayment rate of 9% of any earnings over the minimum income threshold will apply to the total loan balance.

    Guidance on the Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan is available from Student Finance NI, and application forms are available, both on the Student Finance NI website and from the Student Finance NI Postgraduate office.

    *Correct at time of print.

    Visit studentfinanceni.co.uk for up-to-date information for 2019/20 entry.