Your course must:
- Be a full, standalone Masters course
- Be worth 180 credits
- Have started on, or after, 1 August 2017
One and two year full-time courses are eligible for support. Part-time courses studied over two to four years are eligible, but they are subject to a minimum average 50% intensity requirement where there is an equivalent full-time course. Part-time courses that have no full-time equivalent course are eligible for support if they are up to three years in length.
Eligible courses may be taught or research based and include professional Masters courses such as MBAs. There are no subject restrictions. You can attend an eligible course anywhere in the UK or study an eligible course by undertaking distance learning in Wales (subject to restrictions on personal eligibility). Support will be available for serving members of the armed forces or their family members who are undertaking a distance learning course outside the UK.
Masters courses that are currently funded by the undergraduate support system, such as integrated Masters (MSci, MEng, etc), will not be eligible for PGL. Neither will other postgraduate qualifications that do not result in a Masters qualification, such as a Postgraduate Diploma.
You cannot get a PGL if you are receiving a healthcare or social work bursary from any of the following:
- National Health Service (NHS)
- Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)
- Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS); or
- the Care Council Wales