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 2020/21

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 £11,222 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 2019 for the academic years 2020/2021.

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 admissions@newman.ac.uk or 0121 476 1181 ext 2378.

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.

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.