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With careful planning many students are able to find ways of affording to study at postgraduate level. 

It is important that you do not start your course without having first identified a proper package of funding to cover both your tuition fees and living costs for the whole of your course. You should use our Budgeting web page to work out how much money you will need as a student, before you try and identify funding options. 

Our advice guide below explains the possible funding options for postgraduate study.  This is for home students (England domiciled) and for European or Swiss students who are paying the Home/EU rate of tuition fee and who are, or will be, studying a postgraduate programme (taught or research) at Queen Mary University of London.

Following Brexit, the information in this guide may not be relevant for all EU/EEA/Swiss nationals who start a new course in September 2021 or later.  

Please ensure you read the section of the guide that explains who the advice guide is for.  Students paying the international rate of tuition fee should read the International money pages instead.

Postgraduate funding

This advice guide includes information about:

  • Overview of postgraduate funding
  • Queen Mary funding for research students
  • Queen Mary funding for taught students
  • Loans 
  • Funding from trusts and charities
  • Employer sponsorship
  • Part-time work
  • Crowdfunding
  • Student Banking
  • University Financial Support Funds
  • Welfare Benefits
  • Disabled Student’s Allowances
  • Discounts, reductions and exemptions
  • Tuition Fees
  • Changes to your studies: Retaking a period of study, taking time out, transferring or leaving your course

You can also find out more about funding postgraduate study at Prospects: the UK's official Graduate Careers website.

It is important to plan a budget so you know how much money you will need to spend on tuition fees and living costs. We have sample budgeting spreadsheets to illustrate the cost of postgraduate study, which you can adapt to plan your own budget.

Current students can watch our short animation to find out how to deal with financial hardship during your studies, and what help might be available to you:



Ill health and disability

Read our advice guide for information about what extra money you might be able to claim if you have a disability or ongoing ill health, including information about welfare and disability benefits that you might be eligible for while you study:

Extra Money for Disability and Ill Health 

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