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Postgraduate loans

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

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 is £11,222 for courses starting in 2020/21 and £11,570 for courses starting in 2021/22.
  • The maximum loan available for research degrees is £26,445 for courses starting in 2020/21 and £27,265 for courses starting in 2021/22.
  • 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.

Postgraduate loans and tuition fees

Please note that the LSHTM tuition fees policy normally requires payment of tuition fees two weeks before the start date of the course, and the start of each subsequent academic year that a student is registered.

From September 2021, Taught Master’s students borrowing a postgraduate loan through the Student Loans Company (SLC) will be permitted to pay their tuition fees in line with their loan instalment dates. A student wishing to follow this route must contact the Tuition Fees team at fees@lshtm.ac.uk and supply a copy of their loan approval letter in order for this to be agreed. The Tuition Fees team will then provide confirmation of this agreement. Students who are unable to provide evidence of an approved postgraduate loan will be required to pay their tuition fees in full by the due date stated on their invoice.

Research degree students borrowing postgraduate loans should note that the allowance to pay by instalment can only be agreed for Taught Master's students borrowing postgraduate loans.

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.