Loans, charities and trusts

Postgraduate programmes are funded differently from undergraduate study. As there are no loans and grants available from Student Finance England, you will need to investigate other sources of funding thoroughly. The competition for scholarships can be very intense, so it may be worth exploring alternative options such as those listed below. 

Charities, foundations and trusts

Some charities, trusts and foundations offer funds to students who are undertaking particular routes of study and research. These range from large medical societies and charities through to very small organisations. The awards these organisations provide will range in value and eligibility criteria, which may include academic, sport, hobbies, parental occupation and residency.

There are various publications and reference books we recommend that you consult, including the Grants Register, the Charities Digest, the Directory of Grant Making Trusts and the Education Grants Directory. These publications can be found in any good library.

Alternatively, you can search for support from trust or charity organisations online at: 

Professional and Career Development Loans

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 8802.

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 or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

How much can I borrow?

You may borrow between £300 and £10,000 from a participating bank, which can be put towards covering tuition fees, course-related costs or living expenses.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for this loan, you must be:

  • 18 or over
  • 'settled' in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three year prior to the start of your course
  • intending to work in the UK, the EU or the EEA when you have completed your course

It is important to remember that even if you meet these criteria, the success of your application will depend on whether you meet the participating bank's lending criteria.

How do I repay the loan?

Unlike undergraduate student loans, a Professional and Career Development Loan must be repaid at the end of the training, regardless of employment status.

Further information

TARGETcourses PG funding database- the largest database in the UK where students can search for a variety of postgraduate funding opportunities.


Prospects- the UK's official graduate careers website.


Hotcourses - the UK's largest course finder.

Postgrad Solutions now offer 13 bursaries across a number of subject areas - visit their website to apply.


StudentFunder is a social enterprise that provides loans to UK, EU and international students on clear and fair terms. Offer-holders and enrolled students on Masters and professional courses can apply for loans or launch crowdfunding campaigns.