Postgraduate finance

The information below is for courses starting in the 2018/19 academic year.

For information about 2017/18, please visit the 2017 Finance page.

Tuition fees for UK students

Postgraduate tuition fees vary based on the intensity and length of the course. The links below provide details of the tuition fees the University charges for each programme.

If the programme you are interested in is not listed or you have further questions, please contact our Course Enquiry Centre.

For information about postgraduate programmes delivered in partnership with Robert Kennedy College, please visit their website.

Taught Degrees

Download the 2018-19 fees list (PDF)

Please note that fees for modules and programmes will increase due to inflation.

Paying your fees

You can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Research Degrees (PhD)

Fees for 2017-18 academic year

Fees for 2018-19 academic year (PDF)

Please note that fees will increase due to inflation. 

Paying your fees

You can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Alumni Discount

If you are interested in continuing your studies past graduation, then we’re here to help you get started. We offer a discount on postgraduate fees to eligible graduates of the University of Cumbria.

For your first postgraduate award, you could receive as much as a 20% discount on taught courses, or 10% on research degrees. This is for awards of up to a maximum of 180 credits, and does not apply to PGCE students. International students will be entitled to the same absolute discount (not percentage) as home and EU students.

To receive this discount, you must have previously studied at the University of Cumbria as an undergraduate in the last 5 years and achieved an award of 120 credits minimum, as well as meet the relevant entry requirements for postgraduate study. Accreditation of Prior Learning charges are not included in this discount.

We want to reward our students who choose to continue with academia, so for more information on this discount or anything about postgraduate study, please contact the Enquiry Centre.

Financial support

There's a range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and other funding available to support you in getting your degree.

Student Loans

Postgraduate master's loan

If you’re starting a master’s degree, you could get a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,609 to help with course fees and living costs.

Find out more


NHS master's courses

Student loan

From August 2018, MSc Occupational Therapy and MSc Physiotherapy students who live in England will be able to get a tuition fee loan of up to £9,250 from the Student Loans Company. This is paid directly to the university and is not dependent on your household income.

Your loan application is likely to take around 2 months to finalise so it is important to complete your application as soon as possible. We recommend completing your application by the end of May (new students) or June (continuing students) to avoid any delays in receiving your funding.

Apply for a student loan

Maintenance loan

You can apply for a maintenance loan to assist with meeting living costs such as food, accommodation and travel expenses. These are normally paid in three instalments throughout the university year directly to your bank account.

Depending on household income, students may be able to apply for the following amounts in 2018/19 (subject to parliamentary approval):

Living at Home Up to £7,324
Living away from home (outside of London) Up to £8,700
Living away from home (in London) Up to £11,354

You can work out how much of a loan you are entitled to apply for using the Student Finance Calculator.

Learning Support Fund

To support students while undertaking the clinical placement element of their studies, the government is providing non-repayable grants which can be accessed through the Learning Support Fund.  The Learning Support Fund, administered through the NHS Business Services Authority, makes available:

  • £1000 Child Dependants Allowance
  • Up to £3000 for exceptional hardship
  • Reimbursement of additional travel and accommodation costs over normal daily travel to clinical placements

Learning Support Fund

Note: there are differences in the way students from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are funded. If you don’t live in England, information can be accessed here.

For further information about these changes, visit the Healthcare education funding for postgraduate, dental hygiene and dental therapy students policy.


Postgraduate doctoral loan

If you’re starting a doctoral degree on or after 1 August 2018, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living costs.

Find out more


Repaying your loan

The earliest you start repaying your Postgraduate Master’s or Doctoral Loan is when your annual income is over £21,000 and it’s either:

  • the first April after you leave your course
  • April 4 years after the course started

Contact Student Finance England if your circumstances change or you leave your course early. You’ll have to pay back any overpayment straight away even if your income is less than £21,000.

How much you’ll repay

You’ll pay back 6% of your income over the minimum amount (‘threshold’). This is £21,000 a year, £1,750 a month or £404 a week.

Example

You earn £2,500 a month before tax. This is £750 over the monthly threshold. You’ll repay £45 (6% of this amount) each month.

If you already have a Postgraduate Master’s Loan then you’ll make a combined repayment of 6% covering both postgraduate loans.  You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment until your loan is repaid in full or cancelled.

You must repay any undergraduate student loans you have at the same time.

Repayment terms are different if you normally live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Scholarships and bursaries

Social Work bursary

MA Social Work students starting in 2018/19 may be eligible for a grant up to £3,362.50 and a means tested maintenance grant up to £2,721. Full details are available on the NHSBSA website.

The number of people who can get a bursary is limited (or capped).  This means that there is no guarantee that if you take up an offer of a place on the MA Social Work course, you will receive a bursary. The university will provide a shortlist of students to the NHSBSA who will then assess bursary applications.

Social Work bursary


Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering 13 bursaries across a number of subject areas. The bursaries are worth £500 each and are open to students from anywhere in the world.

To apply for a Postgrad Solutions bursary, visit their website.

Alternative funding

For other courses not covered by either the Masters Loan or specialist funding, we advise you to do some research as early as possible into what funding is available to you.

Click on the links below for information on potentially available funding.

Check out the websites below for more information about applying for postgraduate funding.

Accommodation

From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation page for a full price list and more details about the residences.

Read more

Heating, lighting, water and internet costs are included in your rent and full-time students don't pay council tax.

Paying your accommodation fees

At the beginning of term, you will receive an email confirming your accommodation, your accommodation fees and a quick payment link. Please ensure that you have your student ID available prior to entering the online payments site.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Tuition fees for EU students

Postgraduate tuition fees vary based on the intensity and length of the course. The links below provide details of the tuition fees the University charges for each programme.

For information about postgraduate programmes delivered in partnership with Robert Kennedy College, please visit their website.

If the programme you are interested in is not listed or you have further questions, please contact our Course Enquiry Centre.

Taught Degrees

Download the 2018-19 fees (PDF)

Please note that fees for modules and programmes will increase due to inflation.

For information about postgraduate programmes delivered in partnership with Robert Kennedy College, please visit their website.

Paying your fees

You can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Research Degrees (PhD)

Fees for 2017-18 academic year

Fees for 2018-19 academic year (PDF)

Please note that fees will increase due to inflation.

Paying your fees

You can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Alumni discount

If you are interested in continuing your studies past graduation, then we’re here to help you get started. We offer a discount on postgraduate fees to eligible graduates of the University of Cumbria, or any of its legacy institutions.

For your first postgraduate award, you could receive as much as a 20% discount on taught courses, or 10% on research degrees. This is for awards of up to a maximum of 180 credits, and does not apply to PGCE students. 

To receive this discount, you must have previously studied at the University of Cumbria as an undergraduate and achieved an award of 120 credits minimum, as well as meet the relevant entry requirements for postgraduate study. For research degrees, this will apply to any alumni that have graduated in the last 5 years. Accreditation of Prior Learning charges are not included in this discount.

We want to reward our students who choose to continue with academia, so for more information on this discount or anything about postgraduate study, please contact the Enquiry Centre.

Financial support

There's a range of scholarships, bursaries, grants and other funding available to support you in getting your degree.

Student Loans

Postgraduate master's loan

If you’re starting a master’s degree, you could get a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,609 to help with course fees and living costs.

Find out more

Postgraduate doctoral loan

If you’re starting a doctoral degree on or after 1 August 2018, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living costs.

Find out more

Some courses, for example Social Work and some Health Professions Masters degrees do attract some funding. Contact us for more information.

Repaying your loan

The earliest you start repaying your Postgraduate Master’s or Doctoral Loan is when your annual income is over £21,000 and it’s either:

  • the first April after you leave your course
  • April 4 years after the course started

Contact Student Finance England if your circumstances change or you leave your course early. You’ll have to pay back any overpayment straight away even if your income is less than £21,000.

How much you’ll repay

You’ll pay back 6% of your income over the minimum amount (‘threshold’). This is £21,000 a year, £1,750 a month or £404 a week.

Example

You earn £2,500 a month before tax. This is £750 over the monthly threshold. You’ll repay £45 (6% of this amount) each month.

If you already have a Postgraduate Master’s Loan then you’ll make a combined repayment of 6% covering both postgraduate loans.  You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment until your loan is repaid in full or cancelled.

You must repay any undergraduate student loans you have at the same time.

Repayment terms are different if you normally live in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

Bursaries

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

Postgrad Solutions Ltd is offering 13 bursaries across a number of subject areas. The bursaries are worth £500 each and are open to students from anywhere in the world.

To apply for a Postgrad Solutions bursary, visit their website.

Alternative funding

For other courses not covered by either the Masters Loan or specialist funding, we advise you to do some research as early as possible into what funding is available to you.

Click on the links below for information on potentially available funding.

Check out the websites below for more information about applying for postgraduate funding.

Accommodation

From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation page for a full price list and more details about the residences.

Read more

Heating, lighting, water and internet costs are included in your rent and full-time students don't pay council tax.

Paying your accommodation fees

At the beginning of term, you will receive an email confirming your accommodation, your accommodation fees and a quick payment link. Please ensure that you have your student ID available prior to entering the online payments site.

Make a payment - without an invoice

Make a payment - with an invoice

Tuition fees for international students

Postgraduate tuition fees vary based on the intensity and length of the course. The links below provide details of the tuition fees the University charges for each programme.

For information about postgraduate programmes delivered in partnership with Robert Kennedy College, please visit their website.

If the programme you are interested in is not listed or you have further questions, please contact our Course Enquiry Centre.

Taught Degrees

Fees for the 2018-19 academic year (PDF)

Please note that fees for modules and programmes will increase due to inflation.

For information about postgraduate programmes delivered in partnership with Robert Kennedy College, please visit their website.

Paying your fees

You can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment

Payment instructions

Research Degrees (PhD)

Fees for 2017-18 academic year

Fees for 2018-19 academic year (PDF)

Please note that fees will increase due to inflation.

Paying your fees

You can pay your tuition fees online, directly to the university. You can pay in full or spread out the cost through a maximum of three instalments. To discuss instalments, email us at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk.

Tuition fee invoices are sent electronically to students university and personal email accounts.

Make a payment

Payment instructions

Alumni Discount

If you are interested in continuing your studies past graduation, then we’re here to help you get started. We offer a discount on postgraduate fees to eligible graduates of the University of Cumbria, or any of its legacy institutions.

For your first postgraduate award, you could receive as much as a 20% discount on taught courses, or 10% on research degrees. This is for awards of up to a maximum of 180 credits, and does not apply to PGCE students. International students will be entitled to the same absolute discount (not percentage) as home and EU students.

To receive this discount, you must have previously studied at the University of Cumbria as an undergraduate and achieved an award of 120 credits minimum, as well as meet the relevant entry requirements for postgraduate study. For research degrees, this will apply to any alumni that have graduated in the last 5 years. Accreditation of Prior Learning charges are not included in this discount.

We want to reward our students who choose to continue with academia, so for more information on this discount or anything about postgraduate study, please contact the Enquiry Centre.

International scholarship

The University of Cumbria is delighted to announce the launch of a new international scholarship programme for 2018 entrants. We have a number of scholarships available for postgraduate students to the value of 50% of the full tuition fee. 

Scholarships will be awarded on a merit basis for outstanding academic achievement, assessed in accordance with the terms and conditions.

How to apply

Who is eligible?

University of Cumbria international applicants who hold an unconditional offer and have accepted their place are eligible to apply for a scholarship. 

Scholarships are available in the following subject areas:

  • Business
  • Creative Arts
  • Law
  • Science
  • Literature
  • Sport
  • Outdoor
  • Social Sciences

Scholarships are not available for NHS-funded courses (Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Social Work etc.) or for degrees leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). To check whether or not your course participates in the scholarship programme, please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk

How to apply

Please read the terms and conditions carefully and complete the International Scholarship application form. The application deadline is Friday 13 July 2018.

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Terms and conditions

These terms and conditions apply to all International Student Scholarships offered at University of Cumbria.

Applicants must hold an offer of a place of study on an eligible full-time bachelor’s degree, top-up degree or a taught master’s degree (180 credits) at the University of Cumbria. For students enrolling on programmes lasting more than one year the scholarship is awarded for the first year of the programme only.

  1. All scholarship applicants/recipients must be self-funding students with overseas fee status.
  2. Applicants must hold an unconditional offer for their place of study and must have accepted their offer.
  3. Applicants must have no outstanding offer conditions attached to their place of study except for the tuition fee deposit and passport photocopy.
  4. All scholarship applicants/recipients must provide evidence of funds to cover the remaining tuition fee balance and living costs, as per Home Office requirements, for one academic year in the UK.
  5. The balance of tuition fee is due at or before registration.
  6. Scholarship applicants must complete the scholarship application form.
  7. The closing date for applications is 5:00pm (GMT) Friday 13th July 2018; scholarship applications received after this date will not be considered.
  8. Applications should be submitted by email to scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk
  9. Scholarship applications will be considered and assessed by a Scholarship Award Panel. The Panel may take into account the following aspects: academic performance, English language, merit of personal statement and the short essay.
  10. The Scholarship Award Panels decision will be finalised during the last two weeks of July 2018 and applicants will be notified of the decision on their application by email by the end of July 2018.
  11. The decision of the Scholarship Award Panel is final - the university will not provide feedback or enter into any correspondence with unsuccessful candidates regarding their decision.
  12. Successful scholarship applicants must meet any outstanding conditions (i.e. tuition fee deposit / passport photocopy) by 5.00pm (GMT) on 3rd August 2018 to receive the scholarship.
  13. Scholarships can only be taken for the academic year 2018-19 and may not be deferred to any other period
  14. Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants in receipt of a scholarship from any other source
  15. By accepting the scholarship, it is expected that scholars will assist the university with internationalisation events and provide a photograph and statement to be included in our publicity
  16. Courses which are eligible for scholarship awards are in the following areas of study: creative arts, business, law, science, literature, sports, outdoor and social sciences. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check that their chosen course is eligible for scholarship applications before an application is submitted (please email scholarships@cumbria.ac.uk if you require clarification)

The Award

  1. The scholarships will not be paid in cash. Scholarships will be deducted from the first year's tuition fees on registration at the University of Cumbria.
  2. Scholarship winners will be asked to provide a case study which may be used in university publications or on the website.
  3. This award cannot be held in conjunction with any other university awards or discounts.

Accommodation

From only £10 per night, we provide the lowest cost student accommodation in the North West. Check out our accommodation page for a full price list and more details about the residences.

Read more

Paying for your accommodation

If you choose to stay in univerisity accommodation you will be required to make a pre-payment of £250, and a pre-payment of £100 towards catering packages.

After you have made the pre-payment(s), and the contract has been returned, the balance of your contract will be due. Payment must be made by registration. Instalments are not available.

Please note that you do have the option to pay for the accommodation and catering in full with the contract.

Payment must be made in pounds sterling. You will be given the option online to convert your currency when making a payment.

Pay for your accommodation

If you’re having trouble paying online or have any questions, please contact your admissions officer who can give you advice about paying by bank transfer.

Student Financial Regulations

The Student Financial Regulations describes your contractual obligations to the university regarding finance. It includes our policies about:

  • Tuition fees and payments
  • Cancellations, withdrawal from programmes and interruption of studies
  • Debt management procedures
  • Other fees, fines and charges
  • Bursaries and scholarships

Please download and read the regulations before starting your course.

Download the Student Financial Regulations for 2018-19 starters (PDF)

Contact us

We're here to help. If you have any concerns about student finance, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

For queries about student finance and the payment of fees, please contact our Accounts Receivable team at accountsreceivableteam@cumbria.ac.uk

For queries about student loans, scholarships, bursaries or support funds, please contact our Money Advice team at moneyadvice@cumbria.ac.uk

Frequently asked questions