Postgraduate fees and bursaries


Taught and research higher degrees
Studying at postgraduate level represents a significant investment in both time and money. The income the University receives from tuition fees covers all tuition, supervision and examination costs (excluding any resits required if a student fails a module). Additional expenses may be incurred by students for living expenses, accommodation and materials such as textbooks.

Newman’s postgraduate fees are very competitive, particularly considering the relatively high level of contact with tutors provided. Fees for postgraduate courses vary, please refer to course contacts on each page for the latest information. 


Tuition fees for 2016/17
Newman’s postgraduate fees are charged per course (unless otherwise stated) - please see individual course pages for tuition fees as they vary for each course. Fees can be paid in instalments (50% payable in the first semester of year one and 50% payable in the first semester of year two).

A 10% discount will be awarded to Newman graduates enrolling onto some full masters degree programmes. For non-Newman graduates, a 10% discount is offered to those enrolling onto a full masters degree programme and who are currently employed by a Newman University partnership school.

Overseas Student Fees for 2016/17

Full-time Taught Masters tuition fees for 2016/17 can vary for non-EU students, please check the course page for the latest fees.

Postgraduate Loans

Loans of up to £10,000 for tuition fees and living costs are available for postgraduate study through the Student Loans Company for full taught or research master’s degrees. The loan is not means tested therefore your household income will not be taken into account when applying for the loan. You can apply from summer 2016 for the academic years 2016/2017.

In order to be eligible for postgraduate loans you must meet the following criteria:

  • Studying a taught or research Master’s course,full-time, part-time or by distance learning,
  • your course can be one or two years long,
  • you have to be under the age 60 years at the start of the first academic year of your course,
  • You must normally be resident in England.
  • If you’re an EU national, but don’t normally live in England you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan for a Master’s course at a university or college in England.
  • You must not already have a Master's level (or higher) qualification

Postgraduate loans are not available for PG cert or PG Dip qualifications.

For further information and guidance on postgraduate loans for Masters study, please visit the GOV.UK or FindAMasters websites.

Postgraduate Loan Costs and Repayments

Tuition fee loans accrue interest at the rate of Retail price index (RPI) - a measure of inflation-  plus 3% from the moment you receive the loan.  The loans are repaid at 6% of income over £21,000 per year and are repaid concurrently with undergraduate loans, therefore if you have a tuition fee loan for your undergraduate studies you will pay 15% of anything you earn over £21,000 per year.  See the table below for repayment examples

Salary

Undergraduate and postgraduate loan monthly repayment

Postgraduate loan  only monthly repayment

Under £21,000 per year

£0

£0

£25,000 per year

£50

£20

£30,000 per year

112.50

£45

£35,000 per year

£175

£70

£40,000 per year

£237.50

£95

£50,000 per year

£362.50

£145

Once postgraduate loans are repaid the rate will revert to the undergraduate only repayments.  As with undergraduate loans any outstanding balance is written off after 30 years, however because the debt is lower than undergraduate loans it is expected that most graduates will repay their postgraduate loans in full.

Full Studentships

A small number of studentships are available for PhD research students funded by Newman which provides funding towards fees and living expenses.

Other sources of funding
For information on external sources of funding for postgraduate study, including scholarships and bursaries, click here.

Equivalent and Lower Qualifications
Following a change in government policy, students who already have a higher education qualification at the same level will not be eligible for the public funding which supplements fees unless the course they are taking has been exempted by the government (programmes of initial teacher training and foundation degrees are exempt for example). For the latest information see our ELQ Policy or contact Admissions on admissions@newman.ac.uk or 0121 476 1181 ext 2205.
 
PGCEs and School Direct

Tuition fees for all PGCE courses starting 2016 are £9,000. Trainees starting PGCEs in the academic year 2016/17 may be offered a tax-free bursary. 

Training bursaries
Bursaries and scholarships are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class. Teaching is a prime career choice for high-quality graduates. To encourage the best people to enter the profession, trainees will need at least a 2:2 to be eligible for a training bursary.

The 2016/17 bursary scheme recognises exceptional achievement outside of degree results and allows flexibility in some cases. In exceptional circumstances trainees may receive a higher bursary than their degree class would otherwise allow. This allows the scheme to take account of, for example, trainees with a 2:2 and a PhD or proven exceptional subject knowledge gained from another career. The table below summarises the standard training bursaries and scholarships available in 2016/17:

 

Eligibility 2016/20171

Scholarships 2

Bursaries

Trainee
with 1st/PhD

2:1/
Master’s

2:2

Other

Physics

£30,000

£30,000

£25,000

£25,000

£9,000 3

Maths

£25,000

£25,000

£25,000

£25,000

£9,000 3

Languages 4

-

£25,000

£25,000

£20,000

£0

Chemistry,
Computing

£25,000

£25,000

£20,000

£20,000

£0

Biology

-

£20,000

£15,000

£15,000

£0

Geography

-

£15,000

£15,000

£15,000

£0

D&T

-

£12,000

£9,000

£0

£0

English, History,
Music, RE

-

£9,000

£4,000

£0

£0

Primary Maths 5

-

£6,000

£6,000

£6,000

£3,000

Primary

-

£3,000

£3,000

£0

£0

 

  • 1. Eligibility 2016/17

If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You also need to be eligible for a bursary based on your nationality and residency status. Contact your training provider or Student Finance England for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

  • 2. Scholarships

Trainees in maths, physics, chemistry and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body.

  • 3. Other

Trainee teachers in maths and physics may be eligible for a bursary of £9,000 without a 2:2 classification. To qualify for this bursary, the trainee must have a degree in a relevant subject, with at least a B at A level in maths, further maths or physics (or equivalent). Trainees will not be entitled to this bursary if they are also entitled to a higher bursary based on degree class.

  • 4. Languages

Bursaries are available to train to teach modern foreign languages, community languages and ancient languages including Latin and Ancient Greek. Classics courses where the majority of the course is in an ancient language are also eligible, other classics courses are eligible for the history bursary.

  • 5. Primary maths

Bursaries are available to trainees on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent. Trainees on other primary courses will be eligible for the standard primary bursary.

Bursary payments are processed automatically for eligible candidates by their chosen teacher training provider. You will receive more information on the arrangements and how this is distributed prior to the start of your course.

 

Student loan for maintenance/Maintenance grant/Tuition fee loan
Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs; a non-repayable means tested maintenance grant; and a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England.

For more information on bursaries for trainee teachers, please visit the Department for Education website.

Important Information
This information is believed to be accurate at time of publishing but applicants should confirm the level of fees and bursary support available before commencing the course.

 

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