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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 bursaries, loans or help from grants, trusts and charities (see Alternative Funding), or a combination of all three.

Postgraduate course fees and details of both our new postgraduate bursaries are now available. See below and the fees section on individual course pages for full details


Please find specific information regarding your course fees on the applicable course page, or here, if you are looking to undertake a research degree

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.

USW Postgraduate Fee Bursary for 2018-19 Entry

We're pleased to announce a new Fee Bursary for UK and EU students starting an eligible postgraduate taught course in the academic year 2018-19. The majority of our taught Masters courses will be eligible for the Bursary, whether studied full-time or part-time*. 

Students undertaking an eligible full-time course will receive a Fee Bursary of £3,000, and part-time students will receive a Fee Bursary of £333 per 20 credits which will apply for the normal duration of the course. Find out more.

To check if a course is eligible, please refer to the fees and funding section on the relevant course page as the Fee Bursary will be displayed where applicable. The Fee Bursary will be automatically applied as a discount against the course fee on your offer letter and invoice. 

*Non-Masters courses, including Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates, will not qualify for the USW Postgraduate Bursary. Courses delivered via a third party are not eligible for this Bursary. These courses largely have a different fee structure too so please check the fees and funding section on the relevant course page

USW Postgraduate Living Costs Bursary

This Bursary is available to new Welsh and EU students starting an eligible taught Masters course at a USW campus during 2018/19 academic year.

It is worth £500 and is available in addition to the USW Postgraduate Fee Bursary. Find out more.

Helen Kegie Bursary September 2018 Entry

For students aiming to study either the PG Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People, the MA in Art Psychotherapy or the MA in Music Therapy, the Helen Kegie Bursary is awarded to individuals who can demonstrate a strong knowledge of their subject area and a high degree of ability to reflect and link theory to practice. The bursary is aimed at students who have a permanent postal address with a CF or NP postcode and come from a low-income background. Find out more.

MPhil / PhD Studentships

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

Research students may be eligible to apply  for the Postgraduate/Doctoral Loans detailed below.

For more information regarding any aspect of graduate research please visit the Graduate Research Office pages or contact

Sport Scholarship

Our Sports Scholarship is available to students performing to a high standard in their chosen sport, and representing the University in the British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) league.  Find out more.

Postgraduate/Doctoral Loans - England and Wales

Postgraduate Loans for Masters courses

You can apply for a loan as a contribution towards your course and living costs if you are starting a course in 2018.19 academic year. 

  • Upto £13,000 is available to Welsh-domiciled students

  • Upto £10,609 is available to 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 after you have started 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.

*Full eligibility criteria and detials of how to apply can be found on the applicable funding providers websites below:

Student Finance Wales                         

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales has created an introductory film for Welsh-domiciled students starting a postgraduate Master's course in 2018, including information on what's available and how it's repaid.

Student Finance England has created an introductory film for English-domiciled students starting a postgraduate Master's course in 2018, including information on what's available and how it's repaid.

Doctoral Loans

Student Finance England has recently announced a Doctoral Loan for students ordinarily resident in England and starting a postgraduate Doctoral course, such as a PhD in 2018.19. Find out more.

Student Finance England has created an introductory film for English-domiciled students starting a postgraduate Doctoral course in 2018, including information on what's available and how it's repaid.

Student Finance Wales has recently announced a Doctoral Loan (subject to Welsh Government approval)for students ordinarily resident in Wales and starting a postgraduate Doctoral course, such as a PhD in 2018.19 Find our more.

Doctoral Loans are not currently available to students ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland or Scotland.

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

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.

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.

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

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

The University is keen to offer support to student carers, including a Bursary from its Hardship Fund, as it is recognised that caring often has financial implications (such as less availability for paid work and increased travel costs).

The Carers Bursary is worth £1,000 (full-time students) and £500 (part-time/first or final year March starter students) to eligible USW students who are currently unpaid Carers. The Carers Trust definition of a carer is “anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.” Please note that these duties would be in addition to the usual caring responsibilities that a parent would have for a dependent child.

Students who received the Bursary in previous academic years and students who have disclosed that they are an unpaid Carer on their current year's University enrolment form will be emailed the link to apply for the Carers Bursary following enrolment. They will be required to provide confirmation from a person, who is involved with the family on a professional basis (e.g., Social Worker, GP etc) that they are a carer and current bank statements. Students who were previously in receipt of Carer’s Allowance will need to provide proof from the Department of Work & Pensions that this has now ceased.

Carers who are paid a salary in exchange for their caring duties or are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance would not be eligible for the Bursary.

If you have any queries regarding the Carers Bursary or would like to apply, please contact the Student Money Advice Team or email

If you need advice regarding issues which are having an impact on your studies, please contact your Advice Zone.