Stage 2: Making an application
Postgraduate Doctoral courses

How and when to apply

You can apply online. You may already have a student finance account if you studied previously, otherwise you’ll need to create an account to apply.

When to apply

Postgraduate Doctoral applications are now open for 2021 to 2022!

You can apply now for:

  • 2021 to 2022
  • 2020 to 2021

You must apply no later than 9 months after the start of the final academic year of your course. You do not need a confirmed place at university or college to apply.

You only need to apply once, even if your course lasts for more than a year.

The maximum amount of funding for a single academic year is capped at £10,609. This means if you apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan in an academic year other than the first, you may not receive the maximum amount of funding.

Application forms

Although we recommend applying online, we still have paper application forms available if you need one.