Students on Chelsea College of Arts Curating and Collections MA Course

Finding funding

Paying for your course can seem a challenge, so here is our guide to the scholarships and schemes that can ease the burden

Postgraduate loans offer students up to £10,280 to help with course fees and living costs. The money, which comes directly to you and is not means-tested, is repayable once your income is more than £21,000 per year. (Those who already have a master’s degree are ineligible.)

Northern Ireland

There is a postgraduate loan scheme for tuition fees only, offering up to £5,500.



Students on full-time taught postgraduate courses can apply for a loan of £10,000 covering tuition fees (up to £5,500) and living costs (maximum £4,500). From 2018-19, the scheme also includes students on distance learning programmes.


The government has adopted a fresh approach to student finance and its postgraduate scheme is now the most generous in the UK. Welsh students accepted onto a course anywhere in the UK can borrow £13,000 for courses beginning in 2018-19.

Other schemes

For British citizens ineligible for a postgraduate loan, another option is the government career development loan scheme, through which you can borrow up to £10,000.

EU students

Conditions for EU students enrolling on courses starting in September 2018 remain the same as for UK citizens, even if the degree does not end until after Britain has left the EU.

Discounts and scholarships

Many, if not all, universities have alumni schemes that give significant discounts on postgraduate course fees to people who have previously studied at the institution, usually within the past three years or less. The discount can be as high as 25% and may extend to those who have studied at the university on an Erasmus (EU) placement.

Institutions often have scholarship schemes for high-achieving graduates. Students at Nottingham Trent University, for example, can apply for a scholarship worth up to half the cost of the £7,800 tuition fees on the MA in museum and heritage development.

And the University of Birmingham has launched 100 scholarships worth £2,000 each for 2018 for courses, including the MA in art history and curating. At the University of Leeds, £5,000 is available to students from groups under-represented in higher education under the master’s scholarships scheme.

International students

Other opportunities target international students specifi cally. The Chevening scholarships, for example, are offered by the UK government to overseas students on one-year master’s programmes.

Commonwealth scholarships, funded by the Department for International Development, are available for people in some Commonwealth countries for postgraduate study in the UK

Other useful resources

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding lists hundreds of charities that could potentially help fund courses.

Also see

Links and downloads

Courses guide and listings 2018 (pdf)