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Postgraduate loans and funding

Do you need help funding your postgraduate course? Take a look at our wide range of postgraduate loans, scholarships and funding opportunities.

Scottish/EU students

If you need financial assistance, the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) may be able to provide you with a loan of up to £10,000 to help cover tuition fees and living costs. 

These loans are available to Scottish and EU students taking full-time or part-time postgraduate courses – although eligible EU students are typically only entitled to support of up to £5,500.

Find out more about a postgraduate SAAS loan.

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students

Joining us from England? You may be eligible to fund your studies at the University of Stirling through the UK Government’s postgraduate loan scheme. It allows you to borrow up to £10,906 each year for most UK postgraduate courses.

PhD students could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,700 to help with course fees and living costs. These loans can be combined with funding from your university or other sources, but not with Research Council funding, NHS funding or other direct Government funding. 

The UK Government provides more information on funding for postgraduate study.

If you’re a Northern Irish postgraduate student, you may be eligible to apply for a postgraduate loan from the Northern Ireland Executive’s Department for the Economy. You can borrow up to £5,500 for a one year postgraduate course, and applications can be made directly through Student Finance Northern Ireland.

Coming to us from Wales? You may be eligible to receive up to £17,000 as a combination of grant and loan from the Welsh Government to cover the costs of your tuition fees and living costs. PhD students cany apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,700. You can apply online through Student Finance Wales.

Employer sponsorship

Your employer may give you paid leave to pursue your Masters, or even pay for part of your tuition fees and associated costs. If your chosen course is directly relevant to your work, it may be worth speaking with your employer. The in-depth knowledge you learn on your course, could benefit your employer.

International students

If you’re an international student you may be entitled to the Postgraduate International Excellence Scholarship – giving a £4,000 reduction in the cost of your annual tuition fees.

Use our Scholarships search to discover more international student scholarships.

Students from the USA

The University of Stirling is eligible to certify loan applications for the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP). US students who are enrolled on a University of Stirling degree are eligible for loans and may borrow up to their calculated Cost of Attendance (provided by the university and updated for each year of a student’s programme). Please read our information on Financial Aid for US Students.

Graduate admissions

If you have any questions about postgraduate study please contact us.

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