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4. Postgraduate masters and doctoral students

Since August 2019, eligible postgraduate Master’s students have been able tol receive a similar package of support to undergraduates. The support  is made up of a mixture of grants and loans as a contribution to costs, rather than allocated specifically to fees and maintenance.

Eligible postgraduate Master’s and Doctoral students can also apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances of up to £20,580 during each academic year, providing support for the additional study-related costs a student may have as a direct result of a disability, a long-term health condition, mental health condition or a specific learning difficulty. The amount a student receives isn’t based on household income.

New Master’s bursaries have been available to graduates studying a Master’s degree in Wales in the 2019/20 academic year. The Master’s bursaries will continue to be available for the 2020/21 academic year:

  • A £4,000 bursary for people over the age of 60. The grant aims to provide additional support for students over 60, who are currently unable to access the same financial support as younger students due to HM Treasury restrictions.
  • A £2,000 bursary for graduates of all ages studying a Master’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics or Medicine, often referred to as ‘STEMM’ subjects.
  • A £1,000 bursary to study through the medium of Welsh. The bursary aims to support the continued development of the Welsh-speaking workforce and help achieve the target of a million Welsh speakers by 2050.

For further information on eligibility and how to apply for these bursaries contact your university in Wales.

One year course
Income Grant Loan Total
£18,370 £6,885.00 £10,604.00 £17,489.00
£20,000 £6,651.00 £10,838.00 £17,489.00
£25,000 £5,930.00 £11,559.00 £17,489.00
£30,000 £5,209.00 £12,280.00 £17,489.00
£35,000 £4,488.00 £13,001.00 £17,489.00
£40,000 £3,767.00 £13,772.00 £17,489.00
£45,000 £3,047.00 £14,422.00 £17,489.00
£50,000 £2,326.00 £15,163.00 £17,489.00
£55,000 £1,605.00 £15,884.00 £17,489.00
£59,200 or over £1,000.00 £16,489.00 £17,489.00
Two year course
Income Grant Loan Total
£18,370 £3,442.50 £5,302.00 £8,744.50
£20,000 £3,325.50 £5,419.00 £8,744.50
£25,000 £2965.00 £5,779.50 £8,744.50
£30,000 £2,604.50 £6,140.00 £8,744.50
£35,000 £2,244.00 £6,500.50 £8,744.50
£40,000 £1.883.50 £6,861.00 £8,744.50
£45,000 £1,523.50 £7,221.00 £8,744.50
£50,000 £1,163.00 £7,581.50 £8,744.50
£55,000 £802.50 £7,942.00 £8,744.50
£59,200 or over £500.00 £8244.50 £8,744.50

The amount of grant is based on a full-time rate (one year duration) of £6,885, reduced by £1 for every additional £6.937 of income, above £18,370. Part-time grants and loans are pro-rated by duration of study.

If you’re starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate doctoral course (such as a PhD) you can apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £26,445. This can help with course fees and living costs while you study.

Further information about support is available on the Student Finance Wales website.

All figures are subject to regulations being made.