Postgraduate Fees and Funding - University of Portsmouth
Application, Fees & Funding


Masters Courses
Postgraduate Research Degrees
PGCE Courses


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 96.2% 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 the support available, so that you can plan ahead for your time at university.

Postgraduate loans

Postgraduate loans are Government loans designed to help with tuition fees, living costs and other course costs. The loans are non-means-tested. You can borrow as follows:

  • A maximum of £10,000 for students starting a full Master's course in 2016/17, paid in instalments over 1 or 2 years.
  • A maximum of £10,280 for students starting a full Master's course in 2017/18, paid in instalments across the total duration of the course.


To be eligible for a loan you must be:

    • a UK or EU National who lives in England or Wales
    • studying the full 180 credits required to obtain a Master's qualification
    • under the age of 60 when you start your course
    • studying an eligible taught or research masters course which does not already attract government funding (individual course eligibility is indicated on the course page at
    • studying either a full-time course or studying a part-time course of at least 50 per cent intensity


You can apply online at if you are an English or EU national. If you are a Welsh national, apply online at We recommend that you apply as soon as possible, and you meet the recommended application deadlines, to ensure you receive your support when you start the course.


You will start repaying your loan once you have finished your course. Repayments will be set at 6% of income above £21,000. If you are also paying back an undergraduate student loan you will pay these concurrently (15% of income in total). Interest will accrue at a rate of RPI + 3% on all outstanding balances, and repayments will not begin until April 2019 at the earliest.

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Masters Courses

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 £4,200 and £8,900 and full-time tuition fees for International students vary between £12,600 and £14,400 (all fees are subject to annual increase). For exact course fees please visit the relevant course page

You can pay your tuition fees upfront at the start of each year of your course, or if you prefer, you can pay in six instalments from October to March. If you are in receipt of the postgraduate loan the Finance Department can amend this plan to collect in three equal instalments, in line with the dates that you receive your loan payments.

Additional Study Costs 2018-2019

Read this document to get a full picture of any additional cost that you might need to consider for postgraduate study from 2018 entry.

University scholarships and discounts

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.

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.

Staff discount*

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

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

Portsmouth Business School Scholarships

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

Other scholarships and discounts

To view a list of other scholarships and bursaries and the 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.

Other funding and information sources

Postgraduate Solutions Bursaries

Postgraduate Solutions Ltd is offering the opportunity of a £500 bursary to fifteen students starting postgraduate courses in 2017/18. Payment of the award will be made directly to the university, 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.

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. 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. Visit for more information.

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.

Professional and Career Development Loans

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider. 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 seven Research Councils. You will need to discuss a studentship with your department, you cannot apply directly to a research council. 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 students 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.

Eligible students who do not receive a Social Work Bursary are able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan from Student Finance England as an alternative.

Architecture MArch

Eligible home (UK) students studying an MArch course can apply for the same package of support as undergraduate students (maintenance loans, bursaries and tuition fee loans). The rates applicable to you will depend on when you started your BA in Architecture. In order to qualify for this support package you need to progress onto the MArch within three years of completing your undergraduate degree. Visit Student Finance for more details.

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Postgraduate Research Degrees

To carry out a postgraduate research degree such as a PhD, MPhil or MD you will need to make sure you have sufficient funds to cover the relevant fees and your living costs.

Our funding your research section has information on the the different types of funding available to you including details about research council studentships and bursaries as well as information on how to find a funded PhD project.

How to fund your research degree

Tuition fees for postgraduate research degrees

You can find the tuition fees for postgraduate research degrees in the ‘key facts’ section of each research subject page.

Go to the postgraduate research degrees page to browse subject areas.

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PGCE Courses

Tuition fees for all full-time PGCE courses starting in September 2017 will be £9,250. 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 Post-Compulsory Education students from England may be eligible for an income assessed bursary of £750. 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.

Science (with Physics) £30,000 £25,000 £25,000 £0
Maths £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £0
Computer Science £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £0
Modern Foreign Languages £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £0
Science (with chemistry) £25,000 £20,000 £20,000 £0
Science (with Biology) £15,000 £12,000 £10,000 £0
Geography £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £0
English £9,000 £9,000 £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.

Maths £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £9,000*
English £9,000 £4000 £0 £0

*The £9,000 maths bursary for a third class degree is dependent on the holder also having a maths A level at B grade.

Further education and training PGCE bursaries are subject to DfE approval. Guidance for these bursaries is available here.

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