Funding for postgraduate study – introduction of loans for Masters students for 2016-17.

This Virtual Open Day is designed to give you more information about the new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK. The Government’s Autumn Statement confirms the availability of £10,000 loans for students under 60 wanting to take Masters degrees from 2016-17.

Find out more about this new opportunity by watching the videos and by participating in the live Q&A with members of the Postgraduate Recruitment team and Funding Advisor at the University of Birmingham. They will be available 13:00-17:00 to answer your questions.

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Speaker profiles

  • Emily Rozier

    Emily is a Postgraduate Recruitment Officer and manages our UK recruitment. (Live Q&A 13:00-17:00)

  • Dr Mike Rush

    Mike is a Postgraduate Recruitment Project Manager who specialises in support for doctoral researchers. (Live Q&A 13:00-17:00)

    Mike Rush
  • Jessica Bowen

    Jess is a Postgraduate Recruitment Advisor. (Live Q&A 13:00-17:00)

  • Claire Hawkins

    Claire is a Postgraduate Recruitment Officer. (Live Q&A 13:00-17:00)

  • Dr Roaa Ali-Moore

    Roaa is a Postgraduate Recruitment Advisor. (Live Q&A 13:00-17:00)

  • Dr Ruth Léger

    Ruth is a Postgraduate Recruitment Advisor. (Live Q&A 13:00-17:00)

    Ruth Leger
  • Joshua Rudd

    Joshua is Funding Advisor and offers advice on a range of financial sources including Government loans, scholarships and bursaries.

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Funding for postgraduate study – introduction of loans for Masters students for 2016-17. live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months, including school- and programme-specific ones, with specially made videos featuring staff, students, alumni and employers. Please check back to the main Virtual Open Day page ( now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Friday 4 March 2016. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time.

Many thanks to our speakers for fielding questions today.


Philippa asked:

Hi, are there any grants/bursaries that can be applied for instead of a loan?

Roaa replied:

Hi Philippa,

The best place to start searching for funding opportunities is our PG Funding Database. It is worth keeping in mind, however, that most funding is geared towards funding research programmes. These loans are, thus, the alternative to fund a Masters.

You  can also consult the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding (To receive this guide you need to subscribe to the University’s postgraduate study mailing list)

I hope you find this helpful.

Best wishes,


jess asked:

I was wondering whether the £10,000 loan can be used for both course cost and living? i.e if my course cost around £6,000, could the other £4,000 be used for living? Is the £10,000 specifically for course funding or for any other means? (sorry if this question has already been answered. thank you!

Mike Rush replied:

Hi Jess,

The loan is paid into your bank account, and then it is up to you how it is spent. The guidelines state: ‘the Postgraduate Loan … will be a contribution towards the costs of study, i.e. it will be at the student’s discretion to use the loan towards fees, maintenance costs or other costs.’

I hope this answers your question.

Best wishes,


Zaid Yahya Rassam asked:

Hi, i am planning to International Relations part time. How many days will i be required to attend as i work part time?

Emily replied:

Hi Zaid,

It will depend on the modules that you choose. The best thing to do is to email the course convenor:

Best wishes,


Emily Clarke asked:

Can you only apply for/accept part of the £10,000 loan?

Josh replied:

Hi Emily,


There is no minimum loan request amount. You can borrow a little or as much as you wish up to £10,000. This can be amended up to one month before the end of the academic year, but you cannot request less than has already been paid.


I hope this helps,