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Postgraduate loans

If you’re studying a taught Master's or research degree course at the School, you could qualify for a loan from the UK government.

Please note - there has been a delay in LSHTM being able to set up the necessary 2019/20 course profiles with the Student Loans Company for research degrees.

If you are applying for postgraduate loans for a research degree starting in 2019/20 and your course is not showing as available on the Student Finance applicaton system, please email fees@lshtm.ac.uk to advise us of this and we will contact you when the profile has been set up for your course.

The information given below relates to postgraduate loans provided through Student Finance England. Students ordinarily resident in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland can find information on the loans available to them on the following Student Finance websites:

Key information

  • The maximum loan available for MSc courses starting in 2018/19 is £10,609.
  • The maximum loan available for MSc courses starting in 2019/20 is £10,906.
  • The maximum loan available for research degrees is £25,000 for the whole course.
  • The postgraduate loan is paid directly to you in termly instalments, and is non-means tested.

How to apply

Information on eligiblity, repayment and how to apply can be found on the UK government’s website. We encourage you to apply as early as possible so that you receive your loan for the start of your course. Applications for 2019 postgraduate Master's loans will open from late Spring 2019.

Postgraduate loans and tuition fees

Please note that the LSTHM tuition fees policy requires payment of tuition fees by the start date of the course, and the start of each subsequent academic year that a student is registered. As the postgraduate loan is paid directly to the student in three instalments per academic year, it cannot be relied upon for payment of tuition fees.

For further information on tuition fees, please see the LSHTM tuition fees policy. If you have any questions on this, please contact the Tuition Fees team.

Intercalating students

Intercalating students do not have access to undergraduate funding from Student Finance England whilst studying on a postgraduate course. Intercalating students may be eligible for a postgraduate loan, if they will not be in receipt of an NHS bursary.

Intercalating students should also note that completing a postgraduate degree will impact their access to undergraduate funding, according to the equivalent level qualification rule. Unless on an exception course (such as those that lead to qualification as a medical doctor or veterinary surgeon), students will not have access to Student Finance when they return to their undergraduate course. Those on an exception course will have access to maintenance loans, but not tuition fee loans. If you have any queries on this, please contact Student Finance England for advice.

Find out more

For further information about postgraduate loans, please visit Student Finance England’s dedicated student finance zone on The Student Room. Useful information regarding postgraduate loans, including detailed FAQs, can also be found at FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com.