UK/EU students

Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme (students from England and non-UK EU countries)

Value of award

Maximum of £11,570 


The UK government's Postgraduate Master's Loan Scheme is available for 2021 entry:

Course eligibility


Eligible course durations

Non-eligible course durations

Repayment Terms

Administration and payment of the Loan

Payment 1: Course start date
Payment 2: At the start of the 2nd term of your course
Payment 3: At the start of the 3rd term of your course

Eligibility Criteria

EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

Following the UK's decision to leave the EU, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status and postgraduate financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22.

These changes do not affect students starting courses in academic year 2020/21, nor those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. This means that EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, and who meet the relevant eligibility requirements at the start of the course, will have access to home fee status and student financial support.

Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland will continue to benefit from their current access to home fees and financial support, with no changes due to Brexit.

2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 entry students 

If you started your studies in 2016, 2017 or 2018 and received the Postgraduate Master's Loan Scheme, please see our information for continuing students

How to apply

 The 2020/21 application cycle is now open. The quickest way to apply is online.

We expect the 2021/22 application cycle to open in May/June 2021.


If you are looking for more information, you can visit Student Finance England’s student finance zone, The Student Room, which has been updated with a dedicated Postgraduate Loan section including answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Student Finance England has also produced a series of quick guides and films covering:

More information can also be found on the Gov.UK website.

Students from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

You will need to apply for support from your own student finance agency:

(*) Before making your application for a Postgraduate Loan from SFNI or SFW, please contact Newcastle University at and let us know the course title, qualification, mode (full time or part time) and programme code (if known) that you will be requesting a loan for. We will then be in touch to advise you when you can make your application to SFNI or SFW.

Eligible Courses