The student must start the course in the academic year 2017/18 or later (i.e. on or after 1st August 2017).
The course may be provided by:
- a publically funded HE Provider in the UK; or
- an alternative provider with specific designation.
Note that the course may have an overseas element but this cannot exceed 50% of the total course.
One and two year full-time courses are eligible for support. Part-time courses studied over two to four years are eligible, and are subject to a minimum average 50% intensity requirement where there is an equivalent full-time course. Part-time courses that are up to 3 years in length and have no full-time equivalent course are eligible for support.
Eligible courses may be taught or research based, and include professional Master’s courses such as MBAs. There are no subject restrictions. The student 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 member of the armed forces or their family member who are undertaking a distance learning course outside the UK.
Examples of courses that are eligible for Postgraduate Loan funding include the following:
- MSc (Master of Science)
- MA (Master of Arts)
- MPhil (Master of Philosophy) on entry
- MRes (Master of Research) on entry
- LLM (Master of Law)
- MLitt (Master of Letters)
- MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
- MEd (Master of Education)
- MBA (Master of Business Administration)
Master’s courses that are currently funded by the undergraduate support system, such as integrated Master’s (MSci, MEng), will not be eligible for PGL. Neither will other postgraduate qualifications that do not result in a Master’s qualification, such as a Postgraduate Diploma.
Students may not be eligible for PGL where they are eligible to apply for a healthcare bursary or are in receipt of a social work bursary. Policy is being finalised in this area and the intention is to avoid double funding.