Postgraduate Fees and Bursaries

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Last Updated: July 16th 2019

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 2019/20

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 installments (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 one of the above discounts.

Postgraduate Loans

Loans of up to £10,906 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 2018 for the academic years 2019/2020.

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.

Acceptance of Recognition of Prior Learning may affect the duration of your programme of study and therefore you may not be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Student Loan.  Please seek advice prior to submitting an application.

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

Salary Undergraduate and postgraduate loan monthly repaymentPostgraduate 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.


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

The Training Bursary and Scholarship information is taken directly from the Get Into Teaching website, please refer to the government provided information for up to date details.

Training bursaries

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a £26,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. If you teach maths, you could get £30,000 – a £20,000 tax-free bursary while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching. With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train with School Direct (salaried) or Teach First.

You can use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, for instance Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grants or Child Tax Credits. If you’re on a salaried course, you can estimate any in-work benefits by using the calculators on GOV.UK.

Register with us for advice on funding, and get tailored advice and information about teaching.

You’ll need a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. 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.

 Eligibility 2019/2020 [1]  
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master'sEarly-career payments
Total [2]
Maths [2]£20,000 bursary£10,000£30,000
Maths [2]£22,000 scholarship [3]£10,000£32,000

The scholarships and bursaries for other subjects

 Eligibility 2019/2020 [1] 
Scholarships [3]Bursaries
Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's
Physics £28,000£26,000
Languages [4]£28,000 [5]£26,000
Geography £28,000£26,000
Classics [6]-£26,000
D&T, History-£12,000
Music, RE-£9,000
Primary with maths [7]-£6,000

[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. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). 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] You could receive £30k or £32k in total – £20k as a tax-free bursary or £22k scholarship with additional payments of £10k after tax once in teaching. You’ll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic years 2018/19 or 2019/2020. You’ll receive two additional early-career payments of £5k each in your third and fifth year of teaching – enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.

[3] 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.

[4] Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for other modern, community or ancient languages. The full list of eligible languages can be found on GOV.UK.

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

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

[7] Bursaries are available to trainees on primary with maths courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent.

Professional Association Scholarships

In partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations, scholarships are awarded to the most gifted trainees looking to inspire young minds in chemistry, computing, geography, languages, maths, and physics.
Find out more about scholarships

Student loan for maintenance/Tuition fee loan
Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs; 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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