Funding for postgraduate study – 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. For the first time, the Government will provide a loan of up to £10,000 per student for posgraduate Masters study. PGL will be a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student.

How to apply:

  • Online applications will open from Summer 2016 via the PGL website
  • It is recommended that you apply for your Masters at the University of Birmingham prior to the launch of the new PGL application system.

Find out more about this opportunity by watching the videos and by participating in the live Q&A with members of the Postgraduate Recruitment team at the University of Birmingham. They will be available 14:00-16:00 to answer your questions.

PG funding database

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr Emily Rozier

    Emily is a Postgraduate Recruitment Officer and manages our UK recruitment. (Live Q&A 14:00-16:00)

  • 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)

  • 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

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Funding for postgraduate study – 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 so please check www.pg.bham.ac.uk 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 Wednesday 23 November 2016. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

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Letitia Hunkins asked:

Hi, I’m going to apply for the full time Medieval History Taught MA. Ii’m 30 and live independently. i am going to apply for a loan via SFE but i will need additional funding. I hope to get a job; what is the success rate of having a part time job whilst studying? Is there a certain cap on hours you’d reccomend (i.e.- no more than 20 a week?) and what is the likelihood of me being able to work around my unversity hours with work? Is a job with shift work better than a job with set hours?

Roaa replied:

Hi Letitia,

Thank you for your question. The best place to look for funding is our PG funding database for other possible funding opportunities, or consult the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, which gives information on funding from charities and trusts. One of these trusts is the Funds for Graduate Women, which you might find suitable to apply for. To receive the alternative guide you will need to subscribe to the University’s postgraduate study mailing list.

The university recommends that you work no more than 15 hours in term time. I would say that with good time-management, it is possible to work part-time along with your studies. The hours will depend on your schedule, and it is a good idea to inform the programme convener about your work commitments before you commence your course, as they will advise you and offer help.

I Hope that helps,

Best wishes,

Roaa

Nikki asked:

Hi, I am a mature student (28 in august) and i have a child aged 8, is there additional grants/loans that could help assist with living costs etc?

Emily replied:

Hi Nikki,

The Postgraduate Student Loans aren’t means tested so there aren’t additional levels of award available as part of this scheme. You should take a look through our funding database to see what else is out there though.

Best wishes,

Emily.

Sabrina asked:

If repayments for the masters loan will not start till 2019, is interest on our loan still building?

Ruth replied:

Hi Sabrina,

You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment until your loan is repaid in full or cancelled. So I guess that’s a yes.

Hope that helps.

Suzanne Harbourne asked:

I’ve been accepted for the MA Inclusion and Special Educational Needs. I’m hoping to be awarded a post grad loan but do you know of any charities/organisations that may be willing to offer financial support?

Emily replied:

Hi again Suzanne,

You could search our PG funding database for other possible funding opportunities or consult the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, which gives lots of detail about charities and trusts. To receive the alternative guide you will need to subscribe to the University’s postgraduate study mailing list.

Hope that helps,

Emily.