Student Guidance Centre

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Main Funding Options

Institutional Funding
Queen’s Postgraduate Centre has information on funding options for postgraduate courses at this University. If considering other universities, use the search tools above and contact the relevant university department for details of any institutional funding.

Government Funding
If you are applying for in a Masters course in England you may eligible for a Postgraduate loan. This is not currently available for Masters courses elsewhere in the UK or Ireland.
Information on funding at Queen’s is given above. 
PhDs may come with their own funding - has a useful funding guide

Charities and Trusts
Educational trusts, foundations and charities offer a measure of funding within specific criteria, eg based on subject areas, location and other criteria. The Postgraduate Funding database searches many of these sources. Other sources of information are available for reference in the Careers Information Area of the Student Guidance Centre.

Alternative sources
Findamasters run a Masters scholarship competition every year run a competition for bursaries to fund postgraduate study
There are some scholarships to study in the UK for students from Commonwealth countries and for UK students to study in other Commonwealth countries. You can find more information from the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Bank Loans
Professional and Career Development Loan is a fixed rate loans through selected banks for some further study courses. Unlike a Student Loan, repayments start on these loans as soon as the course ends, regardless of earnings.

Many students fund their further study either partly or wholly themselves through a combination of part-time work, savings, parental support etc. This option requires careful consideration before making any commitments.


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New Erasmus+ loans available in the UK for Master's students

Following today's announcement by the European Investment Fund (EIF)and its UK lending partner, Future Finance, almost EUR 40 million (£30 million) worth of loans guaranteed by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ Master Loan Scheme will be available in the UK. The scheme will offer loans to students from countries participating in the Erasmus+ programme wishing to take their Master's degree in the UK, as well as to students from the UK wishing to take their Master's degrees abroad. Under the scheme, students can receive up to EUR 12,000 for a one-year Master's course and up to EUR 18,000 for a two-year Master's course. The European Commission has made sure that these loans are offered at favourable terms. The Erasmus+ Master Loan Scheme was launched in 2015 by the Commission and the EIF and is already available through banks in Spain and France, with students travelling to and from over 20 Erasmus+ countries. More information will be made available online by the EIF. (For more information: Nathalie Vandystadt – Tel.: +32 229 67083; Joseph Waldstein - Tel.: +32 229 56184)