Funding advice for postgraduate applicants and students

LJMU can give you comprehensive advice on the funding available to postgraduates on both taught and research programmes, including special grants and bursaries from research councils, grant-making trusts and charities.

Postgraduate Scholarships worth £10,000 for 2015-entry:  Over 100 Postgraduate Scholarships are available to students starting a taught Masters programme at LJMU in September 2015/January 2016.  The funding is part of a government match-funded initiative from HEFCE designed to enable more students from under-represented groups to secure advanced postgraduate qualifications and boost their earning potential. To qualify for the Postgraduate Support Scheme you must be a UK/EU resident and have paid the higher undergraduate tuition fee since 2012 - other criteria will apply, more details to follow.  Please follow this link for details.

Earn while you learn: According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), almost half of all postgraduate students study part time. Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time. 

LJMU Alumni Award: From September 2014 LJMU graduates will be eligible for an Alumni Award, which takes the form of a 15% fee reduction for any new taught postgraduate master’s level programmes or research degree programme undertaken. The award applies to all years of the programme and to Home, EU and international students. Fees will automatically be reduced for eligible students; there is no requirement to apply. Eligibility criteria and certain exclusions apply: please download the Alumni Award information sheet for full details.

Professional Career Development Loans: Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional Career Development Loans (PCDL). These loans are used by students to  enhance their job skills or career prospects. It is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency.

Funding for postgraduate researchers:  For more information, click here: We would also recommend that you visit the Prospects Postgraduate website:, check the Grants Register and the Directory of Grant Making Trusts.

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding 2014-2015 is another valuable resource, containing a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application. This is free to use for all LJMU students and staff: login at to read online.

Disabled postgraduate students: Full and part-time postgraduate students with a disability or on-going medical condition may be eligible for assistance with costs to support them during their studies. You apply for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) via your funding body, for example, your Research Council or the NHS and they will be responsible for providing this support.  This support is not means tested; it is based on need. For details contact the Student Advice Team.

Workplace funding: Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having such well qualified staff. Why not check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. You can then discuss funding options with your employer.

Statutory funding: If you are interested in following a PGCE course, the PG dip in Architecture or the MA in Social Work, you may qualify for some level of statutory funding.

Please contact Student Advice for confidential and expert advice, tel: 0151 904 6056/6057, email

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Page last modified 12 February 2015.

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