Money Matters: Postgraduate Students 2021/22


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These pages outline the tuition fees and financial support arrangements for UK students joining a taught Masters degree, postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, MRes or MBA at Edge Hill University between August 2021 and July 2022.

We can help explain what student funding you may be entitled to receive and how to apply for it. You are encouraged to explore all potential sources of additional funding for your postgraduate studies to maximise the total amount you have to support the payment of tuition fees and your living costs.

Please note, the information on these pages may be subject to change and does not apply to PGCE students.

Unless you are applying for funding to Student Finance Wales, if you are applying to study MSc Midwifery or an MSc Nursing pathway, or if you are applying to study a PGDip Nursing pathway on a full-time basis, for student finance purposes please apply for financial support as if you are an undergraduate Nursing student rather than for postgraduate funding. Student Finance Wales treat MSc Midwifery, MSc Nursing and PGDip Nursing as postgraduate courses. 

If you are applying to study a PGDip Nursing pathway on a part-time basis, you will be classed as a postgraduate student for student finance purposes.

Changes to the eligibility of EU/EEA and Swiss students for home fee status and financial support from Student Finance England have been confirmed by the Government. These changes take effect from academic year 2021/22 entry. Exemptions apply to those who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, who may still be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate and associated financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see our dedicated guide to EU student finance for further information on the new eligibility rules.

Tuition fees and financial support information for overseas students can be found at

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for postgraduate courses vary depending on the programme and type of study.

We’ve highlighted tuition fees for UK students joining selected postgraduate courses in academic year 2021/22 below.

If you’re an Edge Hill University graduate starting postgraduate study with us in academic year 2021/22, you may be eligible for a reduction in postgraduate tuition fees if you’ve graduated from the University since September 2018.

You can find tuition fees for all postgraduate programmes, including professional development pathways, on individual course pages.

CourseFull-Time FeePart-Time Fee
MSc Applied Management of Offending Behaviour£6,300£35 per credit
MSc Big Data Analytics £5,580 £31 per credit 
MBA Business Administration (all pathways) £11,160 £62 per credit 
MSc Business and Management£5,580£31 per credit 
PGCert Business and Management£1,860Not applicable
PGDip Business and Management£3,720£31 per credit 
MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Wellbeing £6,300£35 per credit 
MSc Computing £5,580£31 per credit 
MSc Conservation Management £5,580£31 per credit 
MA Creative Writing £5,580£31 per credit 
MSc Cyber Security £5,580£31 per credit 
PGDip Education Mental Health Practitioner for Children and Young People Funded by Health Education EnglandNot applicable
Professional Doctorate Education (EdD)Not applicable£2,610 a year
Professional Doctorate Emergency Services ManagementNot applicable£2,610 a year
MA Film and Media £5,580£31 per credit 
MSc Information Security & IT Management £5,580£31 per credit 
MA International Creative Enterprise £5,580£31 per credit 
LLM International Cyber Regulation and Policy£5,580£31 per credit 
MSc Leadership and Management DevelopmentNot applicable£31 per credit
MA Marketing Communications & Branding £5,580£31 per credit 
MSc Midwifery £9,250 a yearNot applicable
MA Modern History & Culture £5,580£31 per credit 
MA Nineteenth-Century Studies £5,580£31 per credit 
MSc Nursing (all pathways) £9,250 a yearNot applicable
PGDip Nursing (all pathways) £9,250£4,625 a year
PhD Doctor of Philosophy£4,350 a year£2,610 a year
MSc Physician Associate Studies £9,250 a yearNot applicable
MSc Psychology (Conversion) £5,580£31 per credit 
MSc Psychology in Business £5,580£31 per credit 
MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling – Contemporary Creative Approaches £4,625 a year£51 per credit 
MSc Public Health Nutrition £6,300£35 per credit 
MRes Masters by Research£4,300£2,150 a year
MA Social Sciences (all pathways) £5,580£31 per credit 
PGCert Social Sciences (Critical Autism Studies) £1,860Not applicable
MA Social Work £6,300 for Year 1, £6,500 for Year 2Not applicable
MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health £5,580£31 per credit 
PGCert Supervision: Children and Young People's Mental Health & WellbeingTo be announcedNot applicable
MA TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) £5,580£31 per credit 
CourseFull-Time FeePart-Time Fee

Tuition fees for each academic year must be paid in full upon enrolment or in three equal instalments.

180 credits are required to complete a taught Masters degree (MA/MSc/MBA), 120 credits are required to complete a PGDip and 60 credits are required to complete a PGCert.

For programmes which span multiple academic years, the University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme

If you have recently left the British Armed Forces, or are a serving member in the qualifying resettlement phase, you may be eligible to use Enhanced Learning Credits to receive financial support towards the cost of tuition fees.

Edge Hill University is an approved Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS) provider, enabling eligible military personnel to potentially receive funding for up to three separate Ministry of Defence financial years (1 April – 31 March) while studying with us.

You can view a list of eligible Edge Hill programmes using the provider search on the Enhanced Learning Credits website. If a course you are interested in is not listed, please email [email protected] for clarification.

Fee Remission

If you’ve graduated from Edge Hill University since September 2018 and are enrolling on an eligible postgraduate programme at the University in academic year 2021/22, you could benefit from a reduction in tuition fees.

The fee reduction offer for studying on an eligible taught postgraduate programme is:

  • 50% tuition fee discount for students who enrolled onto their final year of undergraduate study at Edge Hill University in academic year 2020/21;
  • 20% tuition fee discount for students who enrolled onto their final year of undergraduate study at Edge Hill University in academic years 2018/19 or 2019/20.

The fee reduction offer for studying on an MRes is:

  • 50% tuition fee discount for students who enrolled onto their final year of undergraduate study at Edge Hill University in academic years 2018/19, 2019/20 or 2020/21.

The fee reduction offer for studying on a PhD is:

  • 50% tuition fee discount for students who enrolled onto the final (or only) year of their MRes or taught postgraduate course at Edge Hill University in academic year 2020/21;
  • 20% tuition fee discount for students who enrolled onto the final (or only) year of their MRes or taught postgraduate course at Edge Hill University in academic years 2018/19 or 2019/20.

Eligibility Criteria

To meet the criteria of the fee reduction offer, you must:

  • Have graduated with an undergraduate award (excluding exit awards) from Edge Hill University since September 2018. You could have completed, for example, a BA/BEng/BSc/LLB (Hons) degree, a foundation degree (FdA/FdSc), or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (up to Level 6 but not postgraduate);
  • Be joining a full-time or part-time taught Masters degree (MA/MSc/LLM/MBA), Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, MRes or PhD at Edge Hill University in academic year 2021/22;
  • Have UK resident status. Exemptions to the UK residency criteria may apply for EU students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or who are Irish nationals. Study Abroad students who have studied at least one semester may also be eligible.

This benefit is only offered once per student, with the exception of students progressing to PhD study within three academic years of completing a taught postgraduate or MRes award.

You will not be eligible if you are joining a PGCE, integrated Masters degree (MComp/MEng/MSci/MNSW), MSc Advanced Fertility Practice, MMed Medicine (all pathways), MSc Midwifery, MSc Nursing (all pathways), PGDip Nursing (all pathways), Professional Doctorate, or MCh Surgery (all pathways). The offer will also not apply to research write-up or assessment fee amounts.

Edge Hill University staff, in addition to postgraduate students returning for the second or subsequent year of a course which started prior to academic year 2021/22, are excluded. Students in debt to the University are not eligible.

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, with all modules confirmed at the start of your academic session, to receive the discount. An exception applies for PGCert SpLD (Dyslexia) with AMBDA/ATS where the 60-credit requirement has been waived.

If an external bursary or sponsorship agreement is sought for payment of tuition fees at any point during the programme, the fee remission offer will cease and the full tuition fee will become payable.


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 or Northern Ireland. The information below applies to eligible students domiciled in England 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.

Loan Amount

Postgraduate Loans provide up to £11,570 for eligible taught Masters degree (MA/MSc/LLM), MBA or Masters by Research (MRes) programmes at Edge Hill University in academic year 2021/22. 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.

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.

Eligibility Criteria

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.

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 programme advertised as 1-2 years full-time or up to 4-years part-time. 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 joining a programme advertised with a maximum length of study that exceeds four years in length, regardless of the time taken to complete the course on an individual basis;
  • 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, a PGCE, MPhil/PhD, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma;
  • Successfully apply for a Social Work Bursary (MA Social Work students only);
  • Are undertaking a partial Masters degree as a direct entrant due to recognition of prior learning, where previous study and/or work experience has been taken into account;
  • 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).

Loan Repayments

Repayments of Postgraduate Loans are not expected to start until April 2023, subject to you earning above the current repayment threshold of £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 (for which different repayment criteria apply).

So, for example, if your salary is £30,000 per annum, the 6% repayment for Postgraduate Loans would apply to £9,000, meaning you would repay around £45 per month, with the current repayment threshold of £21,000 a year. If your income falls below the repayment threshold, 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 £27,265 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


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’ Allowance

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

Disabled Students’ Allowances are worth up to £25,000 for eligible students in academic year 2021/22. 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 amount you will be eligible to receive will vary according to the intensity of study. You should be aware that £25,000 is the maximum amount and most students get less.


Social Work Bursary

If you are joining MA Social Work, you may be eligible to apply for a Social Work Bursary with a non-income assessed element worth £3,362.50 per annum, including an annual placement allowance of £862.50, as well as an income assessed element worth up to £2,721 per annum (pro rata for part-time students), and a maximum contribution towards your tuition fees of £4,052 per annum.

Residency conditions and additional eligibility criteria apply. You should be aware that while all eligible students can expect to receive the placement allowance, universities are allocated a certain number of Social Work Bursary awards and will nominate some of their students to receive one. Receipt of a Social Work Bursary is therefore not guaranteed and there is no right of appeal. You may also be entitled to additional allowances. Please note, if you are awarded a Social Work Bursary, you may no longer be eligible to receive a Postgraduate Loan.

For further information about the Social Work Bursary, please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website. Further details about the assessment process for nominations for a Social Work Bursary are available at

MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health Fee Waiver Bursary

In collaboration with Everton in the Community, the Department of Sport and Physical Activity is offering four fee waiver bursaries for appropriately qualified, eligible prospective students who are joining the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health on a full-time basis in September 2021.

You should be seeking to pursue research linked to one of the following themes:

  • Tackling Health Inequalities in Local Liverpool Neighbourhoods;
  • Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention in Young Women;
  • Stand Together: Preventing Loneliness and Social Isolation in Older Adults;
  • Everton Veterans Hub: Supporting the Mental Health of Ex-Service Personnel.

If your application for a fee waiver bursary is successful, you will be able to enrol on the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health with your tuition fees paid on your behalf.

Further information about the bursary is available on the Department of Sport and Physical Activity website.


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).

You can also make the most of your student experience and take advantage of career enhancing opportunities by applying for financial support from our Student Opportunity Fund. This fund is available to support both eligible full-time and part-time students.

For more information on the full range of scholarships, including eligibility criteria for each award, visit

Studentships for Research Degree Students

If you are a prospective research degree student, you may be able to take advantage of the opportunity to study for a fully funded MRes or 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 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

How to Apply

Fee Remission Offer

If you are an Edge Hill graduate, your eligibility for the fee remission offer will be assessed during enrolment.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters Degree Students

English-domiciled students can apply for a Postgraduate Loan at

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’ Allowance

For information on how UK students can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance, 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.

Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme

Further information about making a claim is available at You will need to quote our provider number (2871) on your claim application form.

If your claim application is successful, you will need to present your Claim Authorisation Note (CAN) at enrolment.

Social Work Bursary

To access the online bursary application form, you should log onto the online student portal MyFunding on the NHS Business Services Authority website.

MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health Fee Waiver Bursary

You will need to complete a personal statement of no more than 1,000 words outlining your interest and experience of your chosen area of interest as part of the application process.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend interview and to have successfully applied for a full-time place on the MSc Sport, Physical Activity and Mental Health programme before an award is conferred.

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Friday 16 July 2021.

Further information about the application process is available on the Department of Sport and Physical Activity website.

Contact Us

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

  • Academic Registry
  • Email [email protected] or [email protected]
  • Please note, if you are joining an Education or Health and Social Care professional development programme, you should contact the relevant faculty directly with any tuition fee queries. You can email the Faculty of Education at [email protected] and the Faculty of Health and Social Care at [email protected].

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 money advice, including 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.

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