Fees and finance for postgraduate courses

Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs.

Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available.

Here’s our detailed guide to what studying a postgraduate course at Derby costs and the help that’s available to pay for it. You’re likely to have questions and if you do, please get in touch with us.

Tuition fees

Our postgraduate degrees are competitively priced, and all essential equipment and activities are included.

Fees vary slightly from course to course depending on what facilities and resources are required. For example, online courses tend to be slightly cheaper because they use fewer facilities.

The most up-to-date fees will be listed on the course page – search for your course and look for the section on fees.

The fees are different depending on whether you normally live in the UK/EU or outside of the EU.

Paying for your studies

To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and your salary has reached a specific level.

Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - eligibility depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back.

Alternatively, if you are working, your employer may be willing to contribute towards your fees.

If you normally live in England and are under 60 when you start your course, you may be able to borrow up to £10,609 (2018/19 academic year) to study at masters level. This loan is available whether you are studying full-time, part-time or online.

You can use this loan to pay for your tuition fees or living costs while you are studying a taught or research-based postgraduate course at masters level eg MA, MSc, MBA, LLM, MRes, MPhil.

You have to meet certain eligibility criteria. Check the Postgraduate Masters Loan information on the gov.uk website.

Interest is charged on the Masters Loan and, of course, you need to pay the loan back – but not until you have graduated and your salary is over £21,000. You can make voluntary payments to your loan at any time.

If you are under 60 when you start your course, you may be able to borrow up to £25,000 (2018/19 academic year) to study a doctoral level course eg PhD, EdD. This loan is available whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

You can use this loan to pay for your tuition fees or living costs. You have to meet certain eligibility criteria. Postgraduate Doctoral Loan information on the gov.uk website.

Interest is charged on the loan and, of course, you need to pay this loan back - but not until you have graduated (or it’s the April four years after the course started) and your salary is over £21,000.

If you have already completed a full undergraduate degree with us, you could get a discount on your postgraduate course fees. This applies to most postgraduate courses, but you must be paying the fees yourself or through a loan and not through your employer.

For UK students on a part-time course, our flexible payments make it easier for you by spreading the cost across the academic year. The repayment dates depend on when you enrol on the course.

We offer several research studentships each year. These are very specific research degrees that are either fully or partially funded so they are highly competitive.

Find out about our latest studentships and other sources of funding for your research degree.

If you are working and your course is related to your job, your employer may be willing to pay some or all of your fees.

They will need to send us a sponsor letter on headed paper confirming that they will pay for all or part of your course.

If you are training to be a teacher, you can get finance for Initial Teacher Training, a PGCE and SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training).

Bursaries are also available – these don’t need to be repaid but they do vary according to the subject you’re planning to teach and the classification of your first degree.

Find out more about paying for your teacher training on the Get Into Teaching website.

Funding has recently changed for postgraduate pre-registration health care courses. If you are studying one of the following courses with us from September 2018, you will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan with the same terms and conditions as an undergraduate loan.

  • MSc Nursing (Adult) with NMC registration
  • MSc Nursing (Mental Health) with NMC registration
  • MSc Diagnostic Radiography (pre-registration)
  • MSc Occupational Therapy (pre-registration)

Visit the Student Finance website to find out more, particularly the Eligibility section.

If you are studying another health care course or a social work course, you may be entitled to a bursary to help with living costs and tuition fees. Bursaries don’t need to be repaid. Find out more about social work bursaries and health care bursaries.

In order to meet your visa requirements, you must show that you have access to a certain amount of money for your course fees and living costs in the UK – this is called maintenance. The amount of money you need depends on how long your course is and how much of your course fees you have already paid. 


Click here to find out more about maintenance.

International postgraduate students may be eligible for for a number of discounts and bursaries, including a £2,000 scholarship against course costs.

Find out more about international scholarships, discounts and bursaries.

If you normally live in England and have a mental health problem, long-term illness or any other disability, you may be eligible for support through the Disabled Students' Allowances scheme.

The support you receive depends on your individual needs, not on your income or savings.

Find out more here.

Please also talk to us about what support you need to study.

Got a question?

Student Records and Fees

T: +44 (0)1332 591063
E: studentrecordsandfees@derby.ac.uk

We're available to answer your questions Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4.30pm.

Student Money Advice and Rights Team

Our friendly Student Money Advice & Rights Team (SMART) are on hand to offer more advice: 

T: +44 (0)1332 592000 (Monday to Friday, 10am-11am and 1pm-2pm)
E: smart@derby.ac.uk

Recent University of Derby graduate?

If you've recently graduated from the University of Derby, you could get up to 25% off your postgraduate fees.

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