Access to financial support for students expanded

New funding for postgraduate studies.

A major expansion of postgraduate funding has been announced, with funding for students on Research Masters courses to be made available for the first time.

This move will ensure that students can access all types of Masters study without financial barriers.

Tuition fee loans of up to £5,500 and living cost loan support of up to £4,500 will be made available to Scottish postgraduate students on Research Masters courses from the coming academic year onwards. This expands on support previously made available to taught postgraduate courses and distance learning postgraduate students.

Additionally, EU students will be eligible for the tuition fee element of the funding.

Announcing the expansion of support, Minister for Higher Education Richard Lochhead said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to making higher education as accessible as possible.

“Research students in Scotland are working on the cutting edge of modern thinking. This expansion in funding will allow more students than ever before to pursue postgraduate study without financial barriers. This includes EU students, whose interests the Scottish Government is committed to protecting in light of Brexit.”


Eligible Scottish domiciled students will be able to apply for tuition fee support and living cost loan support for research courses beginning 2019/2020.

EU students will have access to the tuition fee element of this package, as they currently do for undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses.

Postgraduate support is demand-led. If a student applies for funding they will receive that funding, provided the course is eligible. More than 450 postgraduate students could benefit from this expanded support package.


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