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 ordinarily resident for three years by the first day of their course (though a temporary absence for study or travel will not harm an application).
Students must also have been most recently resident in England, which means that Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish applicants need to already be living in England to be eligible (and not have moved to England just to study). For students from other parts of the UK, please see the following pages for postgraduate loans in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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 Masters qualification (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification, which includes undergraduate integrated Masters qualifications, such as MSci or MEng etc) will not be eligible for the loan.
PGLs are not available to students wanting to ‘top-up’ a lower level qualification to a Master’s degree. The course must be a full standalone master’s course. Therefore, PGLs are not available for postgraduate level courses such as PgCert (Postgraduate Certificate), PgDip (Postgraduate Diploma) or where the postgraduate course is funded by undergraduate student finance, such as:
- Those wishing to use Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) credits will not be eligible to apply for the loan. APL refers to the process by which this University (and many others) gives credit against learning achieved by an individual before entry to a programme of study at Birmingham.
- Students are not eligible for PGL where they are in receipt of any other bursary from any of the following organisations:
- National Health Service (NHS)
- Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)
- Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)
Postgraduate students can apply for a single allowance DSA payment of up to £10,362 to support them in their course. They don’t need to apply for the Postgraduate Loan to receive this support. However, in all instances, when DSA support is required for a Master’s 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.