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Postgraduate financial support

Postgraduate financial support

You could benefit from financial support through a postgraduate loan, bursary or scholarship scheme during your time as a student. Bursaries and scholarships are non-repayable, but do have varying eligibility criteria which you should review before making an application.


Postgraduate loan


A postgraduate master's loan is available to eligible UK nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) for postgraduate master's study starting in 2020/21.

Eligible students are able to apply for a loan of up to £11,222 for postgraduate master's study starting in 2020/21. Please see the Student Finance England website for further details, including eligibility criteria.

This loan will be:

  • non means tested
  • paid directly to the student into a UK bank account in three equal instalments a year
  • a contribution towards the costs of study, so it will be at the discretion of the student to use the loan towards tuition fees, maintenance or other costs.

To be eligible for the loan you will need to be:

  • a current UK or EU national
  • ordinarily a resident in England at the start of the academic year
  • have lived in England or the EU for at least three years preceding the start of the course
  • aged under 60 on the first day of the academic year (1 September)
  • studying a full-time or part-time course for up to a maximum of two years
  • commencing a course from year one in this academic year e.g. not be a continuing or progressing student at Postgraduate level.

Are there any restrictions on Postgraduate Loans?

  • students with equivalent or higher level qualifications will not be eligible for a postgraduate loan from the Student Loans Company
  • students wishing to study courses that do not result in a masters qualification (such as Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma) will not be eligible
  • part-time courses are eligible, but are subject to a minimum 50% intensity requirement in year 1. Students taking courses via distance learning would be eligible to apply, but must be living in England for the duration of the course.

Examples of courses that are eligible for Postgraduate Loan funding include:

  • MSc (Master of Science)
  • MA (Master of Arts)
  • LLM (Master of Law)
  • MBA (Master of Business Administration).

How will the loan be repaid?

Loan repayments will commence from the April after graduating, subject to meeting the annual income threshold of £21,000, and will be repaid concurrently with undergraduate loans. Repayment will be at a rate of 6% of annual income over £21,000 for the PGL, in addition to the repayments due on the undergraduate loan. Interest will be accrued at a rate of RPI + 3% from the date of the first payment received by the student. For repayment rates and further information visit the gov.uk website.

Where can I find further information?

For details of the eligibility criteria and to make your Postgraduate Loan application, visit the gov.uk website.

Take a look at Student Finance England's YouTube channel.

You can also contact the Student Hub by phone 01494 603020 or by email.

Social Work Bursary


BSc (Hons) Social Work tuition fees

The funding for students who study courses leading to a registration as a social worker is different to most university courses. However, you will still be expected to pay tuition fees. You can apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost in year one. You may also be eligible to receive support in the form of an NHS bursary for your second and third years, although the number who can benefit from this depends on the numbers cap provided by the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA).

MSc Social Work tuition fees

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) on behalf of the Department of Health can provide some financial assistance in the form of a bursary, but the number of bursaries available is restricted and may not cover your full tuition fees. Therefore you may also wish to consider some of the other postgraduate funding options available.

Financial assistance

Whether you  are studying on the degree or master's programme, you should be entitled to financial assistance as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. This can be in the form of non-income assessed elements which include a basic grant and allowances for those with a disability. In addition, you may be entitled to receive income -assessed grants (based on either your own, your parents' income, or that of your spouse or civil partner) that could include a maintenance grant and allowances to assist with certain living costs:

The exact criteria do vary, so we can only give general guidance here, for further up-to-date information please refer to the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website.

Vice Chancellor’s International Student Scholarship


We understand that you may face additional challenges and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

If you’re a self-funded International Student paying overseas fees, you may qualify for a scholarship of £1,500 on your first year of study with us.

Applicants must hold an offer from Buckinghamshire New University for a full-time degree programme, starting in September 2022.

You do not need to complete an application form to be considered for this scholarship.

The important information - Terms and Conditions

  • One off payment of £1,500 available to all applicants paying overseas fees on their first year of study
  • Applicants must be self-funded
  • Programme of study must be Level 4 or above
  • Programme of study must be at least one year in duration
  • The tuition fee charged must be at least £13,750
  • This scholarship cannot be used in conjunction with another scholarship or bursary offered by Buckinghamshire New University.
Nursing and Midwifery Grant


If you are interested in studying a degree-level Nursing and Midwifery course, you may be eligible for a government grant of at least £5,000 a year to help with living costs, which you will not need to pay back.

As part of the new government scheme to increase nursing numbers by 50,000 in the next five years, new and continuing degree students on these courses from September 2020 will be entitled to this grant.

Students will be eligible to benefit from at least £5,000 a year with an additional £3,000 for specific courses and circumstances, such as specialist courses needing further recruitment, additional childcare allowance and students from areas where course acceptance has been low over the last year.

This funding will not have to be paid back and students will also be able to continue to access funding for tuition and maintenance loans from the Student Loans Company. Read more on the NHS Learning Support Fund website.

Eligible courses:

For continuing NHS Bursary applications for students who started their course in academic year 16-17, please visit the NHS Business Services Authority.

Like every course we offer, tuition fees are a key matter for all students. We believe it is important you are familiar with how to pay and what support may be available to you. For Information on how to apply for a student tuition and maintenance loan please follow the relevant links on the Government’s website.

Additional fees and funding help can be found on our dedicated section online or additionally you’ll find details of course fees, programme specifications and additional costs on our individual course pages for UK, EU and international students. Please use the course search on our website to look at the course you’re interested in.

If you are a prospective student, you may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary. If you are a current student and need any financial help or advice please contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre.

Alumni Postgraduate fee discount

As a graduate of Buckinghamshire New University, you may be eligible for a loyalty discount on one of our postgraduate courses.

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Short term loans

Short-term Loans are available to United Kingdom students who are fully enrolled on a course of study at Buckinghamshire New University and who find themselves in financial difficulty due to a delay in the first payment of their statutory student funding.


BNU Hardship Fund

The BNU Hardship Fund (BHF) provides discretionary financial assistance for students to help them access and remain in higher education. It is particularly aimed for those students who need financial help to meet specific course and living costs that cannot be met from other sources of support. 

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Performance Sport Academy

We are passionate about supporting exceptional athletes. If you are involved in sport at a regional, national or international level, then you can apply for our Performance Sport Support.

Financial help

If you need extra financial help in addition to any monetary support you may already have gained for your studies, please contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre.

Useful websites to assist financial planning

If you are looking for further financial advice and guidance you can find out more information from the following: