The loans will be non-means tested and available to students under the age of 60, on the first day of the first year of the programme.
The loan is available to UK nationals who have been living in England for three years (and not have moved to England just to study) by the first day of their course.
The loan is also available to EU students (Nationality and residency rules for EU nationals apply).
Distance learning applicants must reside in England.
- Students who already hold a Doctoral qualification (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible for the loan.
Postgraduate Doctoral Loans are not available to students wanting to ‘top-up’ a lower level qualification to a Doctoral degree. The course must be a full standalone Doctoral course.
- The course must last between 3 to 8 academic years and be delivered by a UK univeristy (you are still eligible for the loan if more than one university delivers your course and one is oversees as long as the UK university is the lead univeristy and you spend at least 50% of your study time in the UK).
- Students are not eligible for Posgraduate Doctoral loans where they are in receipt of any other funding from any of the following:
- Research Council funding (for example, studentships, stipends, scholarships and tuition fee support)
- Social work bursary
- NHS bursary
Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)
Postgraduate students can apply for a single allowance DSA payment of up to £10,993 to support them in their course. They don’t need to apply for the Postgraduate Doctoral Loan to receive this support. However, in all instances, when DSA support is required for a Doctoral course, students should complete a DSA1 full form in all circumstances.
For more information, or to seek clarification as to eligible programmes, check the Government Postgraduate Loan website.