Stage 2: Making an application
Postgraduate Doctoral courses

How and when to apply

Applications for 2024 to 2025 are expected to open by the end of June!

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

You can apply now for:

  • 2023 to 2024
  • 2022 to 2023

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. Although if you apply for your loan after your first year, you may not receive the maximum amount. Find out more on our what's available page.

Application forms

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