Eligibility

To qualify for funding, you must be studying a course that we fund and meet our residence eligibility criteria. We may also take into account any previous study.

Qualifications

We only fund certain taught postgraduate courses, mostly at diploma or masters level. We do not offer support for research based programmes such as PhD’s. Courses at that level are the responsibility of one of the Research Councils.

Courses

Courses will be eligible for support if they are a taught postgraduate diploma or masters programme. Diplomas must be no longer than one year in length and masters no longer than 2 years in length.

We also fund students on eligible courses in the rest of United Kingdom each year, as long as a similar course is not available in Scotland. Please check with us that your proposed course qualifies for support before you apply to us.

Residence

To meet the general residence conditions, you must have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years immediately before the first day of the first academic year of the course (the relevant date). For the majority of students who start their course in the autumn term, the relevant date is 1 August.

You must also be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date.

If you are not a UK or other EU national, you must also have ‘settled status’ in the UK (as set out in the Immigration Act 1971) on the relevant date. If you have not been living in the UK, you may still qualify depending on your circumstances.

Residence - European union Students

To meet the general residence conditions, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EU, the EU overseas territories, elsewhere in the EEA or Switzerland for the three years immediately before the first day of the first academic year of the course (the relevant date). For the majority of students who start their course in the autumn term, the relevant date is 1 August.

You must also be an EU national (non UK) or the family member of such on the relevant date.

Previous study

You will not be eligible for help with the cost of your tuition fees if you have already received support from UK or other EU public funds for a course of postgraduate study.

We may consider this exceptionally if you have to retrain or repeat your course because of medical or compassionate reasons. If this applies to you, contact us for advice.

You may still be eligible if you are studying for a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (see undergraduate funding) or if your previous postgraduate study was for advanced research of two years or more.

Further information is available in our full eligibility rules.