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Application, Fees & Funding

Postgraduate Fees and Funding

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Students are motivated to invest in their future by studying for a postgraduate qualification for a range of different reasons: from pure love of a subject or advancing promotion prospects to professional advancement or dedication to a research career. Our latest figures show that 93% of our UK and EU Master’s Graduates went into full time employment and/or further study.

Your choice to study for a degree is an investment in your future. We want to help you understand the fees involved and how it's calculated so that you can plan ahead for your time at university.

For more details read our tuition fee terms and conditions

Postgraduate loan 2016

From 2016/17, the Government will for the first time provide a loan for postgraduate Master’s study. The Postgraduate Loan (PGL) will be paid to the student as a contribution towards Tuition Fees, living costs and other course costs.

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  • Student loans for Master's degrees will be available up to a maximum value of £10,000 and paid directly to the student in three equal instalments per academic year, up to a maximum of two years.
  • The student must start the course in the academic year 2016/17 or later (i.e. on or after 1 August 2016).
  • Loans will be available to UK and EU Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK).
  • Students aged under 60 will be eligible for Master's loans.
  • Loans are available for both taught and research Master's programmes. Master's degrees in all disciplines and subject areas will be covered.*
  • Students studying full-time, part-time and distance learning Master's programmes will be eligible.
  • In order to qualify for a part-time Masters loan, you will need to be studying the course in at least 50% duration of the equivalent one year full-time course. Therefore, three year part-time courses will not be eligible for loan funding, unless there is no equivalent one year full-time course
  • Loans are non-means tested.
  • Repayments will be income-contingent and made concurrently with undergraduate loans. Rates will be set at 6% of annual income over £21,000.
  • Interest will accrue at a rate of RPI + 3% on all outstanding balances.
  • No support will be available to students with an equivalent or higher level qualification e.g. integrated Master's, stand alone Master's, Doctoral degree, overseas equivalent
  • *Excluding MArch, PGCE and Integrated Master’s

    Please see our dedicated Postgraduate Loan Page for full details of the system.

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Tuition fees

Portsmouth, like other universities, sets postgraduate fees to reflect the mode of study (full-time or part-time) and the students' residency status (UK, EU, Channel Islands/Isle of Man or International) as well as the individual nature and characteristics of the course you wish to undertake. As a guide, full-time tuition fees for UK and EU students vary between £4,600 and £8,700. For exact course fees please visit the course pages. Our postgraduate fees for 2015/2016 are displayed in the Key Facts on each individual course page.

Additional Study Costs 2016-2017 pdf 185kb

Read this document to get a full picture of any additional cost that you might need to consider for postgraduate study from 2016 entry.


University discounts and bursaries

Alumni Scholarships

Students who have previously studied at the University of Portsmouth on undergraduate programmes wishing to follow a full time or part time postgraduate course may be entitled to a 20% scholarship on any self funding element of their tuition fees (this does not apply to PGCE or MArch students). To check if you and the course you wish to study are eligible for the alumni scholarship use the checker on our Academic Registry pages.

Students who intend to pay their tuition fees with a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) from Student Finance England will be entitled to the Alumni Scholarship assuming they meet the eligibility criteria.

Early payment discount

Your invoice will be sent to your University email account and to your personal email account. Please ensure that your personal account details are kept up to date. If you pay your tuition fee liability in full, before or on the due date of your tuition fee invoice, you will receive a two per cent discount. Please remember to deduct any of your discount entitlements before forwarding your payment, as refunds for overpayments cannot be processed on demand. Any overpayments may be offset against any other fees or debts to the University. Full payment of the tuition fee invoice is required if you miss the due date. The discount is not available to students whose fee is paid by a sponsor, employer or the Student Loans Company (SLC). Full details of how to pay.

Students eligible to claim one of the discounts shown by *, are still entitled to claim 2% early settlement discount on the net value of their fees.

Staff discount*

A 30% staff discount is available on fees that are paid personally by the member of University staff for part-time courses only. Staff may apply to pay the fees by six instalments (completing in March) by deduction from salary.

* Only one of these discounts can be claimed against each fee.

Business Scholarships for Masters courses

The Portsmouth Business School offers a number of scholarships for self-funding students applying for taught postgraduate study.

Staff family members discount*

A 30% discount is available on fees for children of staff, on undergraduate and postgraduate taught, full-time and part-time study.

Children of University staff are defined as biological, step or adopted, aged under 25 on 31 August in each academic year of registration.

Application is necessary for each year of registration.

*Only one of these discounts can be claimed against each fee.

Other Scholarships and Bursaries

To view a full list of all scholarships and bursaries and associated eligibility critera, please see the summary of scholarships and bursaries.

Fee discount calculator

Use our tuition fee discount calculator to find out the reduced cost of courses after any applicaple discounts mentioned above are applied.

Lloyd's Register Foundation

Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) is delighted to offer two full fee competition funded scholarships for Science and/or Engineering master’s courses starting in September 2015. Please see full details of the eligible courses and qualifying criteria.

Other funding sources

Postgraduate Solutions Bursaries

Postgraduate Solutions Ltd is offering the opportunity of a £500 bursary to fifteen students starting postgraduate courses in 2016/17. Payment of the award will be made directly to the institution, and will be discounted from the fees as appropriate. Students may only apply for a bursary after they have accepted an offer of a place at their chosen institution.

TARGET courses Funding Database is free to use and allows students to search for funding opportunities they are eligible for based on the following: level of study; subject of study; institution; funding source and country of origin. Bursaries offer a range of funding awards. The scholarships, which total £12,000, are available to students of any nationality and across a range of subject areas. In order to qualify for consideration students must be intending to start study at an institution within the EU in autumn 2016. Visit for more information.

Postgraduate Studentships

Visit Postgraduate Studentships’ website for more information about research and funding opportunities. This website is specifically designed for students interested in postgraduate study both at Masters and PhD level. Use the database to search for funding available from trusts, charities and other general funding organisations as well as studentships and scholarships offered by University departments.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

This is an online resource which the University subscribes to, and students can use to search for and apply to charities and other funding bodies. Visit and use our pin 7517 to access the site.

Payment by instalment

The University allows payment by instalment by Direct debit or Recurring card payments.

These will be taken in six instalments. For further information on how to pay by direct debit or for recurring card instalments visit

Professional and Career Development Loans

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 8367. A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

The University Learning Provider registration number is 8367.

Research Councils

A limited number of courses offer studentships through one of the six Research Councils. You will need to discuss a studentship with the department of the course you wish to study. Links to the relevant department are in the ‘Key facts’ on every course page. Research Councils won’t deal directly with you but their websites offer some useful information about funding opportunities:


Some employers may consider sponsorship which may be in the form of help with fees, day release for part time study or by sponsoring the student to study an area of relevant commercial interest.

Trusts and charities

Trusts and charities can offer financial assistance to some students. Organisations will usually have specific criteria which must be met before an application can be made. Assistance will rarely take the form of a full scholarship or award as most organisations will only be able to offer awards of a few hundred pounds due to the large number of applications received each year. The Student Finance Centre has information on a range of trusts and charities. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.

MSc Social Work students (2016/17 rates)

UK students studying an MSc in Social Work may be eligible for a bursary from the NHS Business Services Authority. The bursary consists of a non income-assessed basic grant of up to £4,052 towards tuition fees and £3,362 towards living costs (including placement travel expenses). This support is paid as a grant and is non-repayable. There is also an income-assessed maintenance grant of up to £2,721 and income-assessed allowances to assist with certain living costs depending on the student's individual circumstances. All awards are paid in three instalments.

There is a maximum number of bursaries available to students on this course so not all eligible students are guaranteed to recieve a bursary.

For further information please visit the NHS Business Services Authority.

Postgraduate Social Work students are not eligible for any loans or grants from Student Finance England.

Architecture MArch

Tuition fees for the MArch (RIBA Part 2) depend on when you started your undergraduate studies. UK students progressing to the Master of Architecture course within 3 years of completing the BA Architecture (where both courses were on a full-time basis and the BA was started before 2012) will be classed as continuing students and will be liable for fees of £3,465 in 2015/16. Other UK students will be liable for tuition fees of £9,000.

Loans for Fees and Living Costs and University Bursaries

Eligible MArch students can apply for the standard statutory support package (maintenance loans, bursaries and tuition fee loans) relevant to when they started their course. Contact the Student Finance Centre for more details.

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magnifying glass Postgraduate Research Degrees

You will need to have access to sufficient funds to cover the relevant fees and maintenance in order to undertake a postgraduate research degree. We may be able to assist with identifying potential funding sources and providing supporting letters and you may apply for a place before you are fully qualified or have secured funding for the research. Having an offer of a place may be of assistance if you need to apply to grant giving bodies. Find out more about funding opportunities and studentships.

Tuition fees

PhD, MPhil and MD tuition fees are shown in the key facts box of each research subject page. View postgraduate research degrees to find your subject area.

PhD opportunities

PhD projects are available throughout the year, some of which are funded. You can view current opportunities on the relevant research subject page. View postgraduate research degrees to find your subject area.

PhD bursaries 2016

We are inviting applications for fully funded PhD bursaries for UK/EU students. These highly competitive PhD Studentships are offered across a range of research areas and closes on 3 April 2016. Visit PhD Funding for more details.

Further Information

Visit for more information about research and funding opportunities. This website is specifically designed for students interested in postgraduate study both at Masters and PhD level.

Use the database to search for funding available from trusts, charities and other general funding organisations as well as studentships and scholarships offered by University departments.

Other useful links are in the info box at the top of this page and our Student Finance Centre have lots of helpful advice on managing finances as a student.

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Tuition fees for all full-time PGCE courses starting in September 2016 will be £9,000. Students from England or the EU will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover their fees from Student Finance England. Students from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland should contact their home government for details of any support available to them.


Full time students from England can apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan. For further information see our undergraduate funding page.

If you are thinking about studying a part-time PGCE in Further Education and Training or Cert Ed course you may be eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan, for further information see our undergraduate part-time students page.

University of Portsmouth Bursary

Full-time PGCE Business Studies or PGCE further education and training students from England may be eligible for an income assessed bursary of £500. This is awarded automatically alongside the loans and grants from Student Finance England.

Secondary PGCE bursaries by subject

If you are training to teach at a secondary school you may be eligible for an additional bursary from The National College for Teaching and Leadership, depending on the subject you are training to teach and the class of undergraduate degree that you attained.

Subject First 2.1 2.2 Other
Science (with Physics) £30,000 £25,000 £25,000 £9,000
Maths £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £9,000
Computer Science £25,000 £20,000 £20,000 £0
Modern Foreign Languages £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £0
Science (with chemistry) £25,000 £20,000 £20,000 £0
Science (with Biology) £20,000 £15,000 £15,000 £0
Geography £15,000 £15,000 £15,000 £0
English £9,000 £4,000 £0 £0
Business Studies £0 £0 £0 £0

For further information visit the National College for Teaching and Leadership website..

Further education and training PGCE bursaries by subject

If you are training to teach at further education level you may be eligable for an additional bursary from The Education and training Foundation, depending on the subject you are training to teach and the class of undergraduate degree that you attained. Please note that submission of an application for a bursary does not guarantee that the applicant will receive the bursary, even if all eligibility criteria are met.

Subject First 2.1 2.2 Other
Maths £25,000 £20,000 £15,000 £9,000
English £9,000 £4000 £0 £0

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