Postgraduate Fees and Funding

A postgraduate course, whether full or part time, is the ideal way to top up your education and make a head start in your career. There are a number of ways to fund your postgraduate study. This can be through scholarships, loans or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.

Tuition Fees

Please find specific information regarding your course fees on the applicable course page.

If you have any queries regarding the cost of tuition fees then please contact the Revenue Unit by emailing

Details regarding the University's available payment plans can be found on our Revenue Team's pages.

University Scholarships and Bursaries

Postgraduate Scholarship 2017.18 - February 2018 Entry

UK and European Union graduates with a first or upper second class honours degree (or agreed equivalent qualifications**) can apply for a non-means tested scholarship worth £1,500 or £2,000. The scholarship applies to eligible full-time, taught Masters courses at the University of South Wales starting in February 2018. Find out more.

Students from countries that are NOT in the EU are not eligible for this scholarship, please visit our International pages to see what Scholarships may be available to you.

MPhil / PhD Studentships

Any funding opportunities supported by the University can be found on the following page.

For more information regarding any aspect of graduate research please contact

Postgraduate Loan (Student Loans Company)

Postgraduate Loans - England and Wales

You can apply for a loan of up to £10,280* as a contribution towards your course and living costs.

  • Available to Welsh and English domiciled students (providing you meet the residency criteria)

  • Available to students under the age of 60 on the first day of the first academic year

  • Non means tested (not dependent on your family's income)
  • Both taught and research master's courses are eligible, including MA, MSc, LLM, MRes, MA by Research, and MSc by Research courses
  • Available for full-time, part-time and distance learning master's programmes (eligible courses must be either one or two years full-time or two to four years part-time. Part-time must be a minimum of 50% intensity at the start of the course, compared to the duration of the equivalent full-time course per academic year)
You may also be eligible if you’re an EU national and all the following apply:
  • you’re living in Wales on the first day of the first year of your course;
  • you’ve normally lived in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the past three years;
  • you’ll be studying at a university in Wales.

You will get the first payment when you start your course, and your university confirms that you’ve registered.

Payments will be made in three instalments of 33%, 33% and 34% for each academic year. For example, if you’re studying a one year full-time course, you will get £10,280 paid to you over three instalments; the first and second instalment would be £3,392.40, and the third instalment would be £3,495.20.

*Full eligibility criteria can be found on the applicable funding providers websites below:

Student Finance Wales                        

Student Finance England

Postgraduate Tuition Fee and Living Cost Loan - Scotland*

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan

The funding available is a loan to help you pay all or some of your tuition fees up to a maximum of £5,500 for full-time courses. If you choose to take out a loan to pay all or some of the fees, you will do so on the same terms as a student loan for living costs.

If you withdraw from your course, you may not be eligible for a loan to help with the cost of your fees. However, your university may still charge you fees for the time you have been on the course.

Postgraduate Living Cost loan

Eligible full-time postgraduate students can apply to us for a living-cost loan up to £4,500. To be eligible for the living-cost loan, in addition to meeting our eligibility conditions, you must:

  • be under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of your course (normally 1 August). If you change course and are aged 60 or over on the relevant date of your second course, you will not be entitled to a student loan for your second course.

Further information can be found on the Student Award Agency Scotland website.
*Source: SAAS

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans - Northern Ireland*

The Department for the Economy plans to introduce Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans for Northern Ireland students from the beginning of Academic Year 2017/18.

Whilst the exact details are yet to be finalised, it's likely that non-means-tested tuition fee loans of up to £5,500 will be available to help with course costs, and that students will be able to apply from Summer 2017.

Please use Student Finance Northern Ireland's website for further updates.

*Source: Student Finance Northern Ireland

Previous Study

The Postgraduate Loan will be available if you don’t already hold a Master’s degree or other higher qualification gained either in the UK or overseas. If you have a lower level qualification and want to ‘top-up’ to a Master’s degree, you won’t be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan as you can only get a Postgraduate Loan for a full postgraduate Master’s course.

Source: Student Finance Wales


Details regarding how you will need to repay your postgraduate student loan, including how this will work if you also have an existing undergraduate student loan, can be found of the Student Loan Company's website.

Care Leavers

The University of South Wales is committed to providing support for students from care and those leaving care who want to go on to higher education.

We at the University of South Wales can help you at every stage of your university experience, with specialist help and advice before, during and after you are a student with us – leaving you to concentrate on your studies and enjoy university life.

How to contact the Care Leaver Team

To ask further questions and start the support available to you as a Care Leaver please contact the Care Leaver Coordinator

If you not quite sure if you qualify as a Care Leaver please contact us and we can advise you further. If you are a social worker or work on behalf of an organisation such as Barnardos please feel free to contact also.

Students and Benefits

Some students may be entitled to state benefits or tax credits while studying. Please see our Student and Benefits page for further information.

Other Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards.

The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. Because the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, they should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated.

For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit Gov.UK or contact National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Our learning provider registration number is: 7993.

If you have a query regarding course eligibility after you have applied please email

Future Finance

Private loan providers, such as Future Finance, can potentially provide loans to cover tuition fees and costs of living, with variable interest rates depending on your credit history. These are some of the key facts:

  • Future Finance loans may be available* to USW students that have a UK address whilst studying (assuming they meet the appropriate credit checks and are 18 years or over)
  • Loans can include living costs as well as tuition fees
  • Loans are repayable up to 10 years and three months after graduation
  • Students can apply for up to four payment breaks of 3 months each during the loan period
  • Representative 10.9% APR (variable).

Future Finance Key Facts and Eligibility

* Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website