Stage 1: Before you apply
Postgraduate Doctoral courses

What's available

You could get a loan to help with your course costs. How much you get does not depend on your household income.

You can borrow up to:

  • £27,265 if your course starts between 1 August 2021 and 31 July 2022
  • £26,445 if your course starts between 1 August 2020 and 31 July 2021

The maximum amount of funding for a single academic year is capped at £10,609.

We’ll pay your money into your bank account in 3 instalments, usually once at the start of each term. Your money will be divided equally across each year of your course.

For example, if you were getting £27,265 and were studying for 4 years, you’d get around £6,816 each year in 3 instalments of around £2,272 each term.

Your final instalments in each academic year will be usually be slightly higher than your other instalments.

You have to pay back any loan you borrow, including interest once you’ve finished or left your course.

Extra help

If you have a disability or long-term health condition, you might be able to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance.


For more information, download the Disabled Students’ Allowance guide