Money Matters: Postgraduate Students 2019/20

Overview

Two students chat in the foyer of the Main Building as two more students walk by.These pages outline the tuition fees and financial support arrangements for UK and EU students joining a taught Masters degree, MRes course or MBA programme at Edge Hill University between August 2019 and July 2020.

We can help explain what student funding you may be entitled to receive and how to apply for it.

Please note, the information on these pages may be subject to change and does not apply to PGCE students. If you are applying to study MSc Midwifery or an MSc Nursing pathway, for student finance purposes please apply for financial support as if you were an undergraduate Nursing student rather than for postgraduate funding.

Tuition fees and financial support information for overseas students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for postgraduate study vary depending on the qualification for which you are studying and the faculty delivering the programme. Your fees must be paid in full upon enrolment or in three equal instalments.

The following tuition fees are applicable to UK and EU students joining a taught Masters degree,  MBA programme or research degree at Edge Hill University in academic year 2019/20.

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

  • MA / MSc /  LLM awards – £5,220 for full-time study. £29 per credit for part-time study, i.e. £580 per 20 credit module;
  • MBA awards– £10,800 for full-time study. £60 per credit for part-time study, i.e. £1,200 per 20 credit module;
  • PGCert awards – £1,740 for full-time study.

Faculty of Education

  • MA / MSc / PGCert awards (excluding PGCert/MA Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice and PGCert SpLD (Dyslexia)) – £34 per credit, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module;
  • PGCert/MA Specialist Primary Mathematics Practice – £37 per credit, i.e. £1,110 per 30 credit module;
  • PGCert SpLD (Dyslexia) – £1,570 for CPD4518 Identification and Intervention for Students with SpLD Dyslexia (AP), £540 for CPD4519 Specialist Dyslexia Training Work-Based Practice, and £540 for CPD4520 Theories and Dilemmas of Dyslexia.

Graduate School

  • MRes awards – £4,260 for full-time study. £2,130 per annum for part-time study;
  • PhD awards – £4,300 per annum for full-time study. £2,150 per annum for part-time study;
  • Professional Doctorates – £2,150 per annum for part-time study.

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

  • MA / MSc awards (excluding MSc Advanced Fertility Practice, MSc Applied Management of Offending Behaviour, MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing, MSc Clinical Reproductive Medicine, MSc Dental Implantology, MSc Leadership Development, MSc Midwifery, all MSc Nursing pathways, MSc Physician Associate Studies, MSc Public Health Nutrition, MA Social Work, MSc Surgical Care Practice) – £34 per credit, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module (exceptions apply for specific modules on PGCert Workplace-Based Postgraduate Medical Education and MSc Leadership Development. These modules are CPD4706 Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace and HEA4117 Medical Leadership respectively, with each carrying a tuition fee of £700);
  • PGCert Advanced Cardiothoracic Care / PGCert Advanced Critical Care – £36 per credit, i.e. £720 per 20 credit module;
  • MSC Advanced Fertility Practice – £6,480 for the entire programme;
  • MSc Applied Clinical Nutrition / MSc Applied Management of Offending Behaviour / MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing / MSc Public Health Nutrition – £6,120 for full-time study. £34 per credit for part-time study, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module;
  • PGCert Integrated Palliative and End of Life Care – £880 for module HEA4197 Transforming Integrated and Palliative End of Life Care (20 credits) and £880 for module HEA4219 Transforming End of Life Trajectories (20 credits). An additional 20-credit module is selected from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine’s CPD Portfolio for which the standard price is £34 per credit, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module;
  • MClin Res Master of Clinical Research / MHealth Res Master of Health Research – £4,260 for full-time study. £2,130 per annum for part-time study;
  • PGCert Medical Leadership – £34 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2019/20, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module; with the exception of CPD4706 Teaching and Learning in the Medical Workplace and HEA4117 Medical Leadership for which the cost is £700 per module;
  • MMed Medicine / MCh Surgery – £16,000 for the entire programme (or £35,000 if accessing the course via an International Training Fellowship);
  • MSc Midwifery – £9,250 for Year 1 in academic year 2019/20. Tuition fees for Year 2, studied in academic year 2020/21 are expected to be 50% of the standard full-time fee which is still to be announced by the Government. Separate funding arrangements apply for MSc Midwifery students. For student finance purposes, please apply for financial support as if you were an undergraduate Midwifery student rather than for postgraduate funding;
  • MSc Nursing (Pre-Registration Adult) / MSc Nursing (Pre-Registration Child) / MSc Nursing (Pre-Registration Learning Disabilities) / MSc Nursing (Pre-Registration Mental Health) – £9,250 per annum. Separate funding arrangements apply for MSc Nursing students. For student finance purposes, please apply for financial support as if you were an undergraduate Nursing student rather than for postgraduate funding;
  • MSc Physician Associate Studies – £18,500 for the entire programme. This will be charged at £9,250 per annum;
  • MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling – Contemporary Creative Approaches – £6,000 for Year 1 and £3,250 for Year 2 for full-time study. £51 per credit for part-time study, i.e. £1,020 per 20 credit module;
  • MA Social Work – £6,120 for Year 1 in academic year 2019/20. Tuition fees for Year 2, studied in academic year 2020/21, are still to be announced;
  • MSc Surgical Care Practice – £9,250 for the entire programme.

180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree. 60 credits are required to complete a PGCert.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise to postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through your course.

Fee Remission

If you have graduated from Edge Hill University since July 2016 and are enrolling on an eligible postgraduate programme at the University in academic year 2019/20, you could benefit from a reduction in tuition fees.

  • 20% Fee Reduction: Edge Hill graduates joining a full-time or part-time Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, taught Masters degree (excluding MRes awards) or PhD may be entitled to a 20% reduction in tuition fees;
  • 50% Fee Reduction: Edge Hill graduates joining a full-time or part-time MRes award may be entitled to a 50% reduction in tuition fees.

To meet the criteria of this offer, you must have Home or EU resident status and be paying the fees yourself. ERASMUS and Study Abroad students who have studied at least one semester may also be eligible.

The offer is open to holders of an Edge Hill University undergraduate award achieved in the last three years (excluding exit awards). This means that for academic year 2019/20 entry, you must have graduated from July 2016 onwards. You could have completed, for example, a Foundation Degree, a BA/BSc/LLB degree, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (up to Level 6 but not postgraduate) or Graduate Diploma. Please note, some courses may require you to be employed in a relevant area.

The fee reduction offer is not available to students joining a PGCE, integrated Masters degree (such as MComp, MSci and MNSW) MSc Advanced Fertility Practice, MSc Clinical Reproductive Medicine, PGCert Medical Leadership, MSc Midwifery, MSc Nursing, Professional Doctorate, or any MMed Medicine or MCh Surgery pathway.

Edge Hill University staff, in addition to postgraduate students returning for the second or subsequent year of a course which has already been started, are also excluded.

The offer applies to the full duration of the programme, excluding any repeated years, but you must be studying a minimum of 60 credits a year to receive the discount, with the exception of PGCert SpLD (Dyslexia) with AMBDA/ATS where the 60 credit requirement has been waived. It is only offered once per student. If a sponsorship agreement is sought for payment of tuition fees at any point during the programme, the benefit will cease. Students in debt to the University are not eligible.

Loans

Postgraduate Loans for Masters Degree Students

Postgraduate Loans are subject to different financial arrangements and eligibility criteria depending on whether you are domiciled in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland or the EU. The information below applies to eligible students domiciled in England or the EU only. You should refer to the website of the relevant funding body for loan amounts and eligibility criteria if you are domiciled in ScotlandWales or Northern Ireland.

Postgraduate Loans provide up to £10,906 for eligible taught Masters degree (MA/MSc/LLM), MBA or Masters by Research (MRes) programmes at Edge Hill University in academic year 2019/20.  If you will be studying part-time over two, three or four academic years, the loan will be divided equally across each year of your course.

These non-means-tested awards are intended as a contribution to the cost of study. If you successfully apply for a Postgraduate Loan, the money can be used at your discretion, perhaps as a contribution towards tuition fees and/or other study expenses and living costs.

You can choose the loan amount you wish to receive up to the maximum amount. There is no minimum loan request amount and you can amend the amount requested, providing it is not less than has already been paid, up to one month before the end of the academic year.

To be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan you must:

  • Be a UK student, or have settled status in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for three years on the first day of the first academic year of the course. You must have been most recently resident in England and must not have moved there from elsewhere in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man solely for the purpose of attending the course. Temporary absences, such as for education or travelling, should not impact on your eligibility for a Postgraduate Loan;

Or

  • Be an EU national, a family member of an EU national, or have the residency status of refugee, humanitarian protection, EEA migrant worker, child of a Swiss national, or child of a Turkish worker. Additional residency criteria for EU nationals may apply.

You must also:

  • Be joining a taught Masters degree (MA/MSc/LLM), MBA course or Masters by Research degree (MRes). There are no subject restrictions;
  • Be joining a 1-year or 2-year full-time programme, or a part-time programme up to four years long. You can take up to two years for the equivalent of a one year full-time course, up to four years for the equivalent of a two year full-time course, or you can study a three year part-time programme with no equivalent full-time course;
  • Be aged under 60 on the first day of the first academic year of the course.

You will not be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan if you:

  • Already hold a Masters qualification (or an equivalent or higher level qualification), even if this qualification was entirely self-funded or achieved outside of the UK. However, possessing lower level qualifications, such as a Postgraduate Diploma or PGCE, will not affect your eligibility for a Postgraduate Loan;
  • Are studying a 3-year or 4-year part-time programme with a 1-year full-time equivalent or a 4-year part-time programme with no full-time equivalent;
  • Are a repeat year student or have already received a Postgraduate Loan (although compelling personal reasons for receiving funding for a repeat year of study may be considered);
  • Are studying an integrated Masters degree, such as MComp or MNSW awards, or a PGCE or MPhil/PhD;
  • Successfully apply for a Social Work Bursary (MA Social Work students only);
  • Are in arrears to the Student Loans Company or have previously been found to be ‘unfit’ for student support (for example, because of attempted fraud).

Postgraduate Loans will be paid directly into your UK bank account in three instalments across each academic year. The first instalment will typically follow your course start date (subject to confirmation of enrolment). The second and third instalments can be expected after four months and seven months of study respectively and will typically be paid on the last Wednesday of the month.

Repayments of Postgraduate Loans is not expected to start until April 2021, subject to you earning at least £21,000 per annum from that date. If you leave your course early, you will still have to repay your student loans.

The amount you repay will be linked to your income. You will be expected to repay 6% of your income that is above £21,000 a year in repayment of Postgraduate Loans, in addition to repayment of any outstanding Tuition Fee Loans or Maintenance Loans from undergraduate study. The repayment threshold has been frozen at £21,000 until 2021.

So, for example, if your salary is £30,000 per annum, the 6% repayment would apply to £9,000, meaning you would repay around £45 per month. If your income falls below £21,000 a year, for any reason, you will not have to make repayments until your income rises above this threshold again.

The Government intends to apply interest on Postgraduate Loans at inflation (Retail Price Index – RPI) plus 3%. Interest will accrue from the date the first loan instalment is paid into your bank account.

The Student Loans Company will work with HM Revenue and Customs to collect repayments. Any monies still owed after 30 years will be written off.

PhD Loans

The Government is offering doctoral loans worth up to £25,700 for eligible English-domiciled PhD students embarking on research programmes.

To be eligible, you must be aged 59 or under, not already hold qualifications at PhD level and not be receiving Research Council funding.

Further details about PhD Loans can be found at www.findaphd.com.

Grants

Research Council Grants

Research Councils are the main public investors in research in the UK and a potential source of funding for postgraduate study.

Further information about Research Council Grants is available on the UK Research and Innovation website and Prospects website.

Charity and Trust Funding

Several charities, foundations and trusts offer limited funding to postgraduate students. Typically, you will need to comply with certain specific criteria. Such awards are often made to students from lower income families or those students who have achieved academic excellence. Funding from charities and trusts is unlikely to cover your course fees and expenses in their entirety but may help towards your overall costs.

Turn2Us’ Search for Grants is a useful starting point to identify potential sources of funding or alternatively you can consult publications such as the Educational Grants Directory, Charities Digest, Grants Register, or Directory of Grant Making Trusts to find out more.

Disabled Students’ Allowances

You will not be entitled to a grant to contribute towards your living costs. However, if you are a UK student and have a disability or specific learning difficulty, you may be eligible for support tailored to your individual needs through the Government’s Disabled Students’ Allowances.

These allowances are designed to help with the cost of specialist equipment (such as computer software), extra travel costs due to a disability, or other support necessary to enable you to study.

The maximum amount of Disabled Students’ Allowances available to eligible students joining a postgraduate programme in academic year 2019/20 is capped at £20,000.

Bursaries

Care Leavers Bursary

UK care leavers joining a full-time Masters degree, MRes programme or MBA at Edge Hill University, who are aged under 25 at the start of their course, may be eligible for a Care Leavers Bursary worth £1,000, providing that a minimum of 13 weeks has been spent in Local Authority care since the age of 14. Students joining a full-time Masters programme at Edge Hill University who are living in foyer/supported housing may also be eligible for this bursary.

UK care leavers joining a part-time taught Masters degree, MRes programme or MBA at Edge Hill University, who are aged under 25 at the start of their course, may be eligible for a Care Leavers Bursary worth £500 per annum, providing that a minimum of 13 weeks has been spent in Local Authority care since the age of 14 and that a minimum of 60 credits per academic year is being studied. The bursary is available to eligible part-time students for a maximum of six years. Students joining a part-time Masters programme at Edge Hill University who are living in foyer/supported housing may also be eligible for this bursary.

Scholarships

Scholarship winner Hayley Khan, with her family, showing off her certificate at a Scholarship Awards Evening.Scholarships

A range of scholarships are available to current students which you can be considered for once you are enrolled on a postgraduate programme and are studying with us (full-time students only, some exclusions may apply).

For more information on the full range of scholarships, including eligibility criteria for each award, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/scholarships.

Studentships for PhD Students

If you are a prospective PhD student, you may be able to take advantage of the opportunity to study for a fully funded doctorate while gaining valuable teaching experience by successfully applying for a Graduate Teaching Assistant studentship.

These studentships may waive some or all of the tuition fees (depending on the studentship) and typically include payment for the delivery of undergraduate teaching (or teaching support) duties.

The University usually advertises its Graduate Teaching Assistant studentships on  jobs.edgehill.ac.uk early in the calendar year for entry the following October. Other studentships, such as Doctoral Tutor studentships, may also be advertised throughout the year on departmental webpages and at www.edgehill.ac.uk/graduateschool/apply.

How to Apply

Fee Reduction Offer

Eligible Edge Hill University graduates should complete the relevant form at enrolment.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters Degree Students

English-domiciled and EU students can apply for a Postgraduate Loan at www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan.

If you are a student domiciled in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should consult the website of the relevant funding body for further information on the application process:

Research Development Grants

Information about applications for Research Development Grants is available from the UK Research and Innovation body.

Disabled Students’ Allowances

For information on how UK students can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances, you should consult the website of the relevant funding body:

If you feel you may have a support requirement, we encourage you to arrange a confidential chat with a member of Inclusive Services.

Care Leavers Bursary

You will have the opportunity to indicate that you are a care leaver during the admissions process. You can also identify yourself after submitting your application or at any point during your course by contacting Kordel Dickinson, Student Transitions and Support Manager, on 01695 654336 or emailing Kordel.Dickinson@edgehill.ac.uk.

Once confirmation of your Care Leaver Status, or evidence of being in supported housing, has been received, you will be sent a Care Leavers Bursary Application form to complete.

Contact Us

If you have any queries about tuition fees, the fee reduction offer or scholarships, you can email Academic Registry.

If you have any questions about your eligibility for financial support, or if you wish to receive advice and guidance on applying for funding (including support in completing funding applications), you can get in touch with the Money Advice Team.

Alternatively, you can contact the Students’ Union Advice and Representation Centre.

Please note, all advice and guidance provided by the University is subject to any information which you choose to impart to us, about your individual circumstances, being correct.

The advice and guidance you receive will be based upon current eligibility criteria from external organisations such as the Student Loans Company. However, if any changes are made to this eligibility criteria by an external organisation, the University cannot be held responsible.

All staff will treat any information you share with them in the strictest confidence.

Further Information

Our Student Services website includes useful tips on how to increase your income and reduce your expenses while at University, together with advice about keeping track of your finances and managing your money effectively.

Student finance resources and information, including a popular discussion forum, for English-domiciled students can be found on The Student Room website.

For further information on the financial support available to EU students, you should visit www.ukcisa.org.uk.