Postgraduate Awards

The Academy is able to make substantial provision in scholarship and bursary support to students on the basis of both merit and need.

We may be able to assist postgraduate students towards the costs of their fees.

This flow chart illustrates the Academy's financial assistance process.


Bursaries are awarded to eligible postgraduate and international students. Candidates are asked in January to complete a Financial Assistance form outlining their financial situation for the following academic year. Funds vary from year to year but the Academy always tries to make available as much money as it can. Financial Assistance forms are sent to eligible candidates automatically.

Professional and Career Development Loans

(UK nationals only). Learning Provider Number 2437

We are a Professional and Career Development Loans registered Learning Provider, registration number 2437. A Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information about PCDL financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Government UK/EU Postgraduate Student Loans

(UK and EU nationals)

The UK Government provides direct financial support to help students fund study through the Postgraduate Student Loan scheme. In 2017/18 this is only available if you are studying for a Master’s qualification, but for 2018/19 loans will also be available for students commencing a Research Degree.

Further information about the loans can be found on and there are brief videos available for Masters loans and Research Degree loans. 

  • EU students: The UK government has confirmed that the Masters Degree loans are available for eligible EU students joining their Masters degree programme in September 2017 or September 2018, for the duration of the degree course. The 2017 announcement is published on and the 2018 announcement is here.

Erasmus+ Master Loan

(Nationals of EEA countries, plus the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey)

An Erasmus+ Master Loan is available for eligible students from Programme Countries towards the costs of studying on a Masters degree at the Academy, which holds an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education. 

For more details please see the Erasmus+ webpage
The UK loan provider is Future Finance, all applications or enquires must be made directly to Future Finance (not the Academy or the Erasmus+ National Agency).


Hardship funds

In cases of extreme financial hardship that may arise during the course of the academic year, the Academy has limited funds available. Applications for this funding must be directed to the office of the Deputy Principal after you have enrolled.

For further information on funding websites see our page on Funding Sources and Other Useful Links.


Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Academy has subscribed to The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding. This guide is available to prospective and current postgraduate students and it contains details of how to find and apply for alternative sources of funding – especially charities – that make awards to current and prospective taught and research postgraduate students. It pulls together details about funding sources that may be less familiar to you.

Charities are an underrated funding resource, and often make awards to students of any subject and any nationality. Securing funding also boosts your CV. The guide has been written by two postgraduate students who between them have won over £50,000 from 50 different charity awards. It contains step-by-step guidance on how to put together a winning grant application, examples of model personal and financial statements, and over 500 links to voluntary sector funding sources. The Alternative Guide is independently published by GradFunding.

Access the Alternative Guide.
If you are a prospective student, please email to request the PIN access code. Current Academy students can use the guide by logging in with their Academy email address.