Postgraduate funding 2017/18
Access to funding for postgraduate study is a key part of the decision-making process for many students and there are several funding opportunities to explore. We advise you to investigate funding options at an early stage of the application process as you are expected to have made adequate financial provision to cover both fees and living costs for the duration of your postgraduate study.
Our Student Finance and Welfare Team offers support in a number of areas, including information about fees, grants and bursaries, and advice on bank accounts, benefits and bills.
Please note that if you are interested in postgraduate fees and funding for courses starting from September 2018, we are currently still finalising our postgraduate fees and funding package for 2018 entry and and this information will be made available on this page soon.
Faculty and alumni scholarships
We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study.
We currently offer the Vice-Chancellor's 2020 Scholarship for Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a postgraduate taught course. It offers a tuition fee discount of up to 50% to recent DMU graduates who achieved a 2:1 or above.
We also offer a number of tuition fee discounts and country specific scholarships for international students who wish to study a postgraduate course at DMU.
The Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarships provide students with the opportunity to develop their sporting performance while studying at DMU. Eligible students will be awarded up to £6,000 of support.
Government Postgraduate Loans
Postgraduate Taught and Research Masters Students starting their course in September 2017 may be eligible for a loan of up to £10,280 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Loans are available to full-time and part-time students, who are normally resident in England and EU students who do not normally live in England. The loan will be paid directly to students into their bank accounts in three instalments during the academic year. Repayments will start after completion of the course, but not until incomes reach over £21,000, in addition any undergraduate repayments being made.
Please note, that not all full-time and part-time courses are eligible for a postgraduate loan. If you are unsure as to whether your course qualifies for funding please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice and clarification.
The application cycle is now open.
Professional and career development loans
Loans of £300 to £10,000 are available to anyone studying a course that will enhance job skills or career prospects. They are usually offered at reduced interest rates and the government pays the interest during your studies and for one month afterward. The loans are then repaid over an agreed period of time at an agreed interest rate.
Find out more about professional and career loans.
Some postgraduate students decide to take out personal loans to help cover the cost of course fees. These are available from most high-street banks. Please be mindful of interest rates and the fact that payments usually start immediately, irrespective of whether you have started your studies or not.
International Alumni Scholarship and Discount scheme
The international alumni scholarship and discount scheme is part of the university’s on-going commitment to enhancing the personal and career development of our own graduates.
See full details here.
LoveEU Bundle for 2017 entry
DMU welcomes students from more than 130 countries and to help reassure EU students, DMU has created the LoveEU Bundle.
See full details including terms and conditions here.
Leicester Castle Business School
Our MBA Scholarships are worth £5,000 as a course fee reduction and are available to students who have excelled academically and have an offer of admission for any one of our Leicester Castle Business School MBA programmes including the Global MBA and the Sustainable Business MBA.
We are delighted to be able to offer the Principal’s Scholarship for Leicester Castle Business School to students who have made a commitment to studying one of our courses at the Leicester Castle Business School. This scholarship is available to eligible full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Research councils award grants and scholarships to those studying postgraduate and research degrees. Collectively they offer around 12,000 awards each year, usually for full-time students only.
Charities, trusts and foundations
Several external charities, trusts and foundations may be able to help with funding towards a postgraduate degree. These funds are usually restricted to those who meet specific eligibility criteria, which include where you live, vocational choices and family background.
The Harry James Riddleston Charity
Residents of Leicestershire and Rutland aged between 21 and 34 may be eligible for an interest-free loan of up to £10,000.
Sir Thomas White Loan Charity
Those aged over 18 and under 35 who have lived in Leicestershire or Rutland for five years or more may be entitled to an interest-free loan of up to £6,000.
The Directory of Social Change details 4,500 UK trusts and foundations that give around £3.9 billion each year (trustfunding.org.uk). Other publications that can be accessed at local libraries, or the Kimberlin Library on the DMU campus for existing DMU students, include:
- The Directory of Grant Making Trusts (Charities AidFoundation)
- The Grants Register (Macmillan Press)
- The Charities Digest (Waterlow Information Services)
Other sources of funding
Many employers contribute to the funding of postgraduate course for their employees. If making a case to your employer, it is important to demonstrate the benefits of postgraduate study, such as specific career-related skills and knowledge as well as general skills developed during a course or programme. If your employer only agrees to partial funding, you may be able to negotiate additional help with resources or study leave.
Many postgraduate students use a part-time job to fund their studies. We provide support through DMUworks, our online job bank for our students and graduates, which posts more than 1,000 vacancies per year.
Unitemps provides employment opportunities to current students, graduates and members of the local community.
Alternatively, you can become one of our paid Student Ambassadors, who represent and promote DMU to prospective students at events throughout the year.
Paying your fees
When you arrive at DMU, you can select from two payment options:
- One single payment of the full tuition fee at enrolment
- Payment by instalment (online by either direct debit or credit/debit card)
- Three (termly) instalments - normally October, January and April, but can be adjusted for non-standard term dates or
- Up to seven monthly instalments - commencing 2 November, but can be adjusted for non-standard term dates
If your employer or a sponsor is paying your tuition fees,you will need to provide confirmation on headed paper at enrolment, including the full amount they are contributing and invoicing details. Please note, that some courses require a deposit to be paid in advance, so check individual course information for further details.