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


Postgraduate course fees for 2019/20 are now available. Please see the information below and the 'fees and funding' 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 revenue@southwales.ac.uk

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

USW Asylum Seeker Bursary

The Asylum Seeker Bursary will support up to two Postgraduate students each academic year. A University Panel will assess all bursary applications at the same time following the closing date and will award up to two bursaries from all these applications. Find out more.



Helen Kegie Bursary September 2019 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 who are not in receipt of a Studentship, 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 gro@southwales.ac.uk


Lydon Hodges Bursary

For postgraduate research students who have already completed either a USW undergraduate or USW taught postgraduate course, Lydon Hodges Bursaries are awarded annually to individuals who can best demonstrate why they feel entry to a postgraduate research course will be beneficial to them – personally or professionally, and how they will be approaching their studies. The Bursary is to provide financial relief upon entry to studies for new students, and successful Bursary applicants will demonstrate how postgraduate research studies are a personal or professional enabler. Find out more

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 Funding for Masters courses - Wales

You can apply for loans and grants as a contribution towards your course and living costs if you are starting a course in 2019/20 academic year. 

  • Up to £17,000 as a mixture of loans and grants is available to Welsh-domiciled students.

  • A non-means tested loan is available to all eligible students. The amount of loan will be equal to the total support (£17,000) less the total grant a student is eligible for.

  • A non- means tested base grant of £1,000 is available to all eligible students.

  • An additional means-tested grant of £5,885 is also available.

  • The loan element is available to students under the age of 60 on the first day of the first academic year

  • 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 
  • To be eligible for funding through Student Finance Wales, part time courses can be of two, three or four year duration. Full time course can be of one or two year duration.

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.

*Please see full eligibility criteria and details of how to apply on the Student Finance Wales website. Applications will open in June 2019.

Please also see the Welsh Government statement for details. 


Postgraduate Loans for Masters courses - England

You can apply for a loan as a contribution towards your course and living costs if you are starting a course in 2019/20 academic year. 


  • For new students starting their course in 2019/20, up to £10,906 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 
  • To be eligible for funding through Student Finance England, part-time courses must be either part-time, lasting 2 to 4 academic years and no more than twice the length of the equivalent full-time course or part-time for up to 3 years, where no equivalent full-time course exists.
  • 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 installments of 33%, 33% and 34% for each academic year.

*Full eligibility criteria and details of how to apply can be found on the website below.  Applications are now open:  

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*

If you are due to start on a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, taught Masters or research Masters, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £5,500 for the course, to help with the cost of your course fees. The Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan can’t be more than the actual fee charged by the university or college, it isn’t based on household income, and you must repay it. It is paid directly to your university or college.

Please use Student Finance Northern Ireland's website for further updates, including how to apply. 

Postgraduate Loans for Doctoral courses - England and Wales

You can apply for a loan to help with your course fees and living costs while you study if you are starting a full time or part time doctoral course (PhD) from 1st August 2018.

  • Up to £25,700 for English or Welsh domiciled students starting their course in 2019/20.

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

  • Non means tested (not dependent on family income)

  • It must be a full, standalone doctoral course (not top up) and last between 3 and 8 years e.g. PhD / DPhil, EdD, EngD

  • It can be research-based or taught, or a combination of both

  • You can apply for a loan if your doctoral programme includes an integrated masters (even if you already hold a masters degree)

  • You will not be able to get a doctoral loan if you receive / will receive other funding for the course e.g. Research Council Funding, Social Work Bursary, NHS Bursary, KEES 2 scheme funding etc.


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 details on eligibility and how to apply can be found on the relevant authority websites below

Student Finance Wales 

Student Finance England

Student Finance Wales have created an introductory film for Welsh-domiciled students starting a postgraduate Doctoral course in 2018, including information on what's available and how it's repaid. This is available on their website above.

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.

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

Postgraduate Masters funding will be available if you don’t already hold a Masters 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 Masters degree, you won’t be eligible for postgraduate Masters funding, as you can only get postgraduate funding for a full postgraduate Masters course. You won’t be able to get Postgraduate Masters Finance if you’ve received a Postgraduate Loan before, unless you left your course because of compelling personal reasons, such as:

  • illness
  • bereavement
  • or another serious personal reason.

You would need to send student finance evidence to support this and can only use compelling personal reasons once.

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 on 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 apply for state benefits or tax credits while studying. Please see our Student and Benefits page for further information. 

Future Finance

Private loan providers, such as Future Finance, can potentially provide loans to assist with 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 providing a Bursary from its Student Support Fund to help those who are in need of financial support, as it is recognised that caring often has financial implications (such as less availability for paid work and increased travel costs). Find out more.