Once you have applied for your Postgraduate course, the next step is working out how to fund it. There are a number of different options available to you.


Postgraduate Loans


Applications may be open as early as October – please check our website for exact dates. Once you have submitted your application to the course at UEA, you are ready to apply for our scholarships. You do not need to have received an offer from UEA before you apply for a scholarship. 

We aim to let recipients know at most a month after the scholarship deadline for all Postgraduate Scholarships.

Yes, you may apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for. If you are chosen as the recipient of more than one scholarship, you will be asked to choose your preference as to which you wish to hold.

Please use the online form provided on the relevant web page and submit your application by the advised deadline.

You can only hold one donor-funded scholarship, but it may be that other University funding can be held with a donor-funded scholarship. For more information please contact admissions@uea.ac.uk.

Most donor funded scholarships are entry scholarships, meaning you cannot already be a student to hold them. UEA Students who are planning on continuing their studies at postgraduate level are encouraged to apply for our postgraduate scholarships.

Unfortunately we cannot contact every applicant with the outcome, although we will endeavour to do so, where possible. We aim to make all scholarship offers by the middle of the summer although timings may be differ between different scholarships.

Postgraduate Loans FAQs

You may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Masters degree. The money is not means tested and is paid directly to you and can be spent however you choose. It will start to be repaid when you begin earning over £21,000 a year.

Your course can be a research or a taught Masters and you can study it at any UK HE provider. You can study full-time, part-time or by distance learning. Find out more information on the GOV UK website

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions we get surrounding postgraduate loans. 

Student Finance England's Postgraduate Master's and Doctoral Loan service for AY 2022/23 is expected to open for applications at the end of June. 

No, not at all, you may only wish to apply for the amount your course will cost but you are entitled up to £11,222.

Absolutely! The loan can be used for an MBA, but the maximum you can receive is £11,222 and MBA programmes often cost more than this.

Masters loans are only available for postgraduate courses, not for four-year integrated Masters (like the MChem, MPhys or MSci) that begin at undergraduate level. These courses are usually eligible for undergraduate student loans instead.

No. You can’t receive an English Masters loan for a postgraduate qualification below Masters level such as a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Yes. If you have already have an account with Student Finance England you must use it to apply for your Masters loan.

Yes, you can change your mind before you begin your course (for example, if you decide to start your Masters next year instead) and cancel your application.

HMRC will automatically deduct your postgraduate loan repayment at 6% of your gross income over £21,000 a year (or the monthly equivalent of £1,750). This means that deductions will be calculated before other deductions such as income tax, national insurance and undergraduate loan repayments are taken.

No. Unlike undergraduate loans, interest on postgraduate loans is the same for all borrowers. It won’t increase if you earn more.

Yes. You can receive a loan for a Master of Laws (LLM).