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.


We provide support for courses at Postgraduate Diploma and Masters level.

We do not offer support for courses at PhD/Doctorate level. Students undertaking these courses may be eligible to support from a Research Council instead.


From session 2019-2020 courses will be eligible for support if they are taught or research based and delivered at a publicly funded institution. This includes eligible courses delivered via distance-learning.

Part-time students may be eligible to support if they are studying an eligible course and take no longer than twice the length of the full-time equivalent course, at the same college or university, to complete their studies.

Courses with no full-time equivalent at the same college or university may be eligible for support if students take no longer than 3 years to complete their studies.

There is no provision for part-time study outside Scotland. However, if you are studying a part-time course in the rest of the UK you may still be eligible for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).


You must meet our normal residence conditions to be eligible for funding for a postgraduate course.

Previous Study

If you have previously studied a postgraduate qualification (including PGCE/PGDE, PG Diploma or Masters level course) and received financial assistance from UK or EU public funds, you may not be eligible for a loan to pay your tuition fees.

If you are unsure if you are eligible for support based on your previous study please contact us.

Further information is available in our full eligibility rules.