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 2017/18
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% in year one of the course then 50 % in year two of the course.).

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.
Please note you can only be eligible for of the above discounts.


Postgraduate Loans

Loans of up to £10,280 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 2017 for the academic years 2017/2018.

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,
  • 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, or if you are studying less than 180 credits, for example if you are studying for a Master's but bring previously acquired credits.

For further information and guidance on postgraduate loans for Masters study, please visit the GOV.UKFindAMasters  or Prospects 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


Undergraduate and postgraduate loan monthly repayment

Postgraduate loan  only monthly repayment

Under £21,000 per year



£25,000 per year



£30,000 per year



£35,000 per year



£40,000 per year



£50,000 per year



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 or 0121 476 1181 ext 2378.


PGCEs and School Direct

Tuition fees for all PGCE courses starting 2017 are £9,250. Trainees starting PGCEs in the academic year 2017/18 may be offered a tax-free bursary. 

Training bursaries

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could access a bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship  – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train with School Direct (salaried).  

Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject in which you train and your degree classification, or highest relevant academic qualification.

You'll need a first, 2:1 or 2:2 (or equivalent) to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. If you don't have this class of degree or equivalent, you can still access tuition fee and maintenance loans to help fund your training and cover tuition fees. An overview of the bursaries or scholarships available to train in different subjects can be found below. For more detailed information on available funding, follow the links below the table.

Important information for non-UK EU nationals and EEA citizens following EU referendum result: 
The following statement has been published on the Government Get Into Teaching website. "European teachers and student teachers are highly valued for their contribution to our children’s education. We would like to reassure you that there will be no immediate changes in the circumstances of European citizens living, studying or working in the UK. The UK is still a member of the EU and remains bound by EU law until the terms of our exit have been determined."

Bursaries and Scholarships Overview
Eligibility 2017/2018 1  
Scholarships 2 Trainee with 1st/PhD 2:1/Master’s 2:2
Physics £30,000 £30,000 £25,000 £25,000
Maths £27,500 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Languages 3 £27,500 4 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Computing £27,500 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Geography  £27,500 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Chemistry £27,500 £25,000 £20,000 £20,000
Classics 5 - £25,000 £25,000 £25,000
Biology  - £15,000 £12,000 £10,000
D&T - £12,000 £9,000 £0
English - £9,000 £9,000 £0
History, Music, RE  - £9,000 £4,000 £0
Primary Maths 6 - £6,000 £6,000 £6,000
Primary - £3,000 £0 £0


1. Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. 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 can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

2. Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.

3. Bursaries are available for trainee teachers in modern foreign languages. The core modern foreign languages are French, German and Spanish. Bursaries are also available for other modern or community languages for example: Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Urdu and Bengali.

4. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.

5. Bursaries are available to trainees on a classics course where the course is in an ancient language (Latin or Ancient Greek)

6. 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 may be eligible for the standard primary bursary.


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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