Postgraduate Funding


From the list below, select the area of study you are interested in for further details on funding available. It is important that you chose a course that will get you the qualifications you need in order to progress into your chosen career. Should you chose the wrong course, you may not be eligible for further funding should you have to start a new course again.

Before commencing your postgraduate study, ensure you have sufficient funds available to cover your daily living costs for the duration of your course as maintenance support is not available (unless completing a full-time PGCE, MArch or integrated master's). This can be through savings, personal loans, or part-time work.

If you are applying to Student Finance for your Tuition Fee loan, it is advisable that you do so once the funding for the new academic year is opened. This will ensure your application is processed in time for commencement of your course.

If you decide not to come to University, please inform Student Finance as soon as possible. If you decide to complete a different course, simply notify Student Finance of the change, and they will update your Funding application as appropriate.


  • PGCE / MArch / Integrated Master's degrees

    Students completing a full-time PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate of Education), MArch (Master of Architecture) or an Integrated Master's degree are funding through the undergraduate student funding system. If completing any of the above on a part-time basis, please see 'Other Postgraduate Study' for more information.

    Tuition Fee Funding

    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply to Student Finance NI for a Tuition Fee loan.
    • GB students can apply to their respective funding bodies for Tuition Fee support. SAASSFESFW.
    • ROI & EU students can apply to Student Finance EU for a Tuition Fee loan.
    • International students must arrange payment of Tuition Fees with the Finance Department.
    • The Student Funding bodies will pay Tuition Fees directly to Ulster University.

    Maintenance Funding

    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply to  Student Finance NI for a maintenance loan and grant. Calculations are based on household income and as such, not all students who apply will be eligible for a maintenance grant.
    • Those with dependents may be eligible to Special Support Grant and Extra Help through Childcare GrantAdult Dependents' Grant and Parents' Learning Allowance. Calculations are based on household income and not all students who apply will receive a grant. Please refer to SFNI website for full details of available support.
    • GB students can apply to their respective funding bodies for Maintenance support. SAASSFESFW.
    • ROI Students can apply to SUSI for a means-test grant.
    • Maintenance support is not available for EU or International students, therefore you must be able to meet your own daily living costs whilst completing your course.

    Maintenance funding is to help with essential daily living costs whilst completing your course. Payments are made in three installments during the academic year. Please refer to the payment schedule found on your Student Finance Notification of Entitlement letter.

    SFNI 2019/20 Standard student Maximum living at home loan is £3,750 (£3,385 for final year students). If your household income is greater than £41,065 a maintenance grant is not available. If household income is below £41,065 a mixture of maintenance loan and grant is available, up to a maximum combined total of £5338 (£4973 for final year students).

    SFNI 2019/20 Standard student Maximum living away from home loan is £4,840 (£4,480 for final year students). If your household income is greater than £41,065 a maintenance grant is not available. If household income is below £41,065 a mixture of maintenance loan and grant is available, up to a maximum combined total of £6428 (£6068 for final year students).

    Funding Exceptions

    Students can avail of ONE additional year's funding (for both Tuition fees and Maintenance support) through the 'plus one' rule, should they be required to repeat all or part of an academic year. Should a second repeat year (full or partial) be required, students will have to fully fund any fees incurred.

    Students who already hold a degree or equivalent are not eligible for any of the funding listed above. As such, students will need to meet these costs themselves. Please see the Self-Funded Study section below.

    Additional Mandatory Costs

    Due to the nature of these courses, additional mandatory costs can be expected, please ensure you are aware of these and have made sufficient provisions to cover these before commencing your course. For further information on such costs, please view course specific information at Ulster University.

  • Other Postgraduate Study

    Tuition Fee Funding

    Postgraduate Tuition Fees loans are available to students completing a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, and taught or research Masters. The course must be completed within three years or less, whether on a full-time or part-time basis.

    • Students domiciled in Northern Ireland can apply to Student Finance NI for a Tuition Fee loan.
    • GB students can apply to their respective funding bodies for Tuition Fee support. SAASSFESFW.
    • ROI & EU students can apply to Student Finance EU for a Tuition Fee loan.
    • International students must arrange payment of Tuition Fees with the Finance Department.
    • The Student Funding bodies will pay Tuition Fees directly to Ulster University.

    The maximum SFNI tuition fee loan available is £5,500.

    PhD Research

    PhD researchers should visit The Doctoral College for course specific information. You may be eligible to apply for a Studentship.

    Funding Exceptions

    The Postgraduate Tuition Fee loan is available to students who already hold a postgraduate qualification of any level providing that you have not already availed of this loan in previous years. If you have already taken a loan, you will need to arrange Tuition Fees Payment. If you have studied at Ulster university before, you may be eligible for a discount.

    Additional Mandatory Costs

    Due to the nature of these courses, additional mandatory costs can be expected, please ensure you are aware of these and have made sufficient provisions to cover these before commencing your course. For further information on such costs, please view course specific information at Ulster University.

  • Self-funded Study / Additional sources of Funding

    University Funding

    Scholarships are available to UK/Home Students and International Students. Each has its own eligibility criteria. Please take your time to read through the information provided to ensure you are eligible before applying.

    If you are a care leaver, or have previously spent time in care for three months or more, you may be eligible to apply for a Care-leaver Bursary.

    External Funding

    Future Finance offers loans tailored for students whilst studying. These loans can be used to top-up the funding you are already receiving, or help to fully fund your tuition and daily living expenses.

    Student bank accounts off access to interest free overdrafts for the duration of your course. Graduate accounts are available through some high street banks. They are the cheapest and most flexible way to borrow money, if managed wisely.

    Personal Loans can sourced online or through local high street branches. Shop around for the most affordable deals with the lowest interest rate.

    Credit Union loans can be sourced through your local branch both in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. You will need to be a member and will require some savings first. Credit Unions offer loans without any hidden charges or fees for early repayment.

    If you are currently employed, speak to your employer about sponsorship to help fully or part-fund your skills.

    Self-fund your course through working whilst studying part-time.

    Visit Employability and Careers for support with CV writing and employability skills.

    You can search Job Centre Online and NI Job Finder and local recruitment agencies for current vacancies available.


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