Postgraduate Doctoral Loans (England)
The UK government offers a postgraduate doctoral loan scheme for UK Nationals (and those with settled status in the UK) who have most recently been resident in England.
Students from England
The UK Government have not yet announced the funding available to postgraduate students in 2020/21 and the information given below is for 2019/20 academic session.
Postgraduate doctoral loans will be a non-means tested loan of up to £25,700 for students commencing a doctoral programme of study in 2019-2020 academic session. The loan can be used for fees or living costs.
- you must be a UK national (or have settled status) and been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of your degree programme;
- you must be 'ordinarily resident' in England (temporary absence from your home address, such as for education or travelling, will not prevent you from being eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan);
- you must be aged under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your degree programme.
You will not be eligible for a postgraduate doctoral loan if:
- you already have an equivalent or higher qualification;
- you are in receipt of Research Council funding;
- you are in receipt of other forms of government support (eg NHS and Social Work bursaries);
- you have outstanding loan arrears or have previously been found to be 'unfit for student support' (eg because of attempted fraud).
- a postgraduate doctoral programme between 3 and 8 years duration.
You can find further information and apply online at Student Finance England
The total amount you borrow will be paid evenly over the length of your course. You can apply for a doctoral loan amount in any year of your course but you may not get the maximum loan amount if you apply after your first year.
Payments will be released after you have registered on your doctoral degree programme and the University has confirmed your attendance to the Student Loan Company (SLC).
Payments will then be made in three instalments each academic year.
No payments will be released until you have given the SLC your valid National Insurance Number (NINO).
If you have previously taken out a postgraduate loan to fund Masters study, this will be combined with your doctoral loan.
Debt from your undergraduate student loan will be paid concurrently rather than combined.