Fees and funding
Funding options for postgraduate study at LSBU
Tuition fees can vary depending on the type of course and subject, and whether you qualify as a Home, EU or International student and study full-time or part-time. See our 2017/18 tuition fee regulations (PDF File 144 KB) and the UKCISA website for further information. The 2018/19 version will follow shortly. Individual fees information can be found in each entry of our Course Finder.
We offer flexible payment options and discounts for students paying their tuition fees upfront. Students paying their tuition fees outright and international students paying their deposits pay the University direct. Find out more in our section on How to pay.
If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,609 postgraduate study loan. You can check your personal eligibility at Gov.uk.
If you are starting a PhD this year, you may be able to borrow up to £25,000 to help pay university fees, living costs and other expenses. You can check your personal eligibility at Gov.uk.
Find out more information about postgraduate loans.
Employer sponsored students
If your employer will sponsor your study, there are two ways your fees can be paid for:
- Paid in full by your employer
- Paid in part by you, and in part by your employer
1. Paid in full by your employer
If your employer is paying for your course, they will need to complete our Tuition Fee Sponsorship Form (PDF File 798 KB). Please print off a hard copy and bring it along to your enrolment session. See more information about how to pay .
Please note: you will remain personally responsible for payment of fees and charges, even where there is an arrangement for the University to receive payment on your behalf from a sponsor or other third party.
NHS London Strategic Health Authority contract students
Some students have their tuition fees paid via a contract LSBU has with the NHS London Strategic Health Authority (SHA). When you enrol or re-enrol, you need to confirm which Primary Care Trust, NHS Trust, Acute Hospital, Foundation Trust, Mental Health Trust or Ambulance Trust you work for, or will be spending your clinical placement with, as part of the LSBU/NHS London contract.
The University will validate the information you provide against the contract. You will remain personally responsible for payment of fees and charges, even if there is an arrangement for the University to receive payment on your behalf from a Strategic Health Authority.
2. Paid in part by you, and in part by your employer
If you and your employer are funding your course together, this will need to cover the cost of your tuition fees each year. Your employer will need to complete our Tuition Fee Sponsorship Form (PDF File 798 KB). Please print off a hard copy and bring it along to your face-to-face enrolment session. Funding opportunities for postgraduate courses are detailed above.
Any amount of tuition fee you do not borrow is payable at your face-to-face enrolment session – please see how to apply for more information. See our 2017/18 tuition fee regulations (PDF File 144 KB) for further information. The 2018/19 tuition fee regulations will be available soon.
As an apprentice, you do not pay for the cost of your programme – this is covered by the Government, and, in some cases, your employer makes a contribution too. Information about funding and finance can be found on each apprenticeship standard.
Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
International students can read detailed information about fees and funding opportunities in the International section of our website. There, you can also read about checking if you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes.
Erasmus+ Master Loan by the European Commission allow residents from any of the 28 EU member countries or associate countries to apply for financial support for their Masters studies abroad. The loans will be offered by participating banks and student loans companies at favourable rates and can be up to €12,000 for a 1-year Masters programme or up to €18,000 for a 2-year Masters programme. The loans can be used to cover both living and tuition costs.
Studentships and research grants for postgraduate courses are available from research councils and other charitable sources. Support is available from a variety of resources including scholarships through this University and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs). Be aware that PCDLs are personal loans offered by high street banks which can take a considerable amount of time to be finalised. You are therefore advised to apply in good time before you enrol at university.
Below are further details on a range of relevant research councils, educational trusts, charities and employer sponsorship.
All Research Councils consider funding individual postgraduates but the process is competitive and getting a place on a postgraduate programme does not guarantee you an award.
Applications can be made to:
- Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) – includes agriculture, food, the non-medical biological sciences and related physical sciences and engineering
- Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) – includes issues of importance to business, the public sector and government
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – includes engineering, information technology and manufacturing technology
- Medical Research Council (MRC) – includes biomedical sciences
- Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) – includes terrestrial life sciences and science-based archaeology
- Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) – includes particle physics, astronomy and physical sciences
Educational Trusts and Charities
Some trusts and charities may be able to contribute to the costs of postgraduate study, but any awards are likely to be small. Students should generally start applying for funding in the year before their course is due to start. The Educational Grants Directory, Awards Almanac and Grants Register and other useful publications are available in most public and academic libraries and give information on the various charities and their provision.
The Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS) may be able to help you locate educational trusts – phone EGAS direct on 020 7254 6251.
Get in touch with the Student Life Centre.
Postgraduate students may be eligible for the following financial assistance from LSBU:
Postgraduate students may also be eligible for the following external financial help for a range of circumstances, such as Child Tax Credit/Working Tax Credit and Career Development Loans. Further details are given in our Student Life section of the website.
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