Funding your postgraduate course

There are lots of options available to you to fund your postgraduate programme, from alumni bursaries to school and department scholarships and government loans.

When it comes to funding, it's important to start early. Here are the different ways you can finance your postgraduate studies.

UK Postgraduate loan scheme

Government funded loans have been introduced to support postgraduate study in England. Loans up to £12,167 are available for anyone aged under 60, if your course starts on or after 1 August 2023. Student Finance England outlines the key features of the Government funded postgraduate loans. 

Students studying for either a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) or an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course are unable to qualify for a Postgraduate Master's Loan, but can apply for teacher training funding

You should apply early to make sure you get your finance in time for the start of the course, even if you do not have a confirmed place yet.

Please visit the findamasters website for further details on funding.


Scholarship for first-class honours graduates

If you received a first-class undergraduate degree from a UK institution and wish to enrol in January 2024 or May 2024, you may also be eligible for a Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Academic Excellence Scholarship.

This is a cash scholarship worth up to £2,000 and is open to all students applying for a full-time or part-time postgraduate taught degree at Coventry University (Coventry), Coventry University (Vauxhall, London), Coventry University London (City of London), CU Scarborough or Coventry University Online. This is a one-off payment for the first year of study only. Please note that for part-time students, the scholarship will be paid on a pro rata basis.

You must be a self-funded student e.g. not sponsored.

How do I apply?

Students will be automatically identified for the PGT Academic Excellence Scholarship. Eligible students will be notified by email and a request will be made to the student for their bank details. A cash payment will then be made directly into the student's UK bank account.

    • Students enrolled on to a full-time or part-time January 2024 or May 2024 postgraduate taught course at Coventry University, Coventry University London campus or Coventry University Online who have achieved a 1st class undergraduate honours from a UK institution will receive a scholarship.
    • Please note that you must be transferring onto a postgraduate taught course charging postgraduate tuition fees in order to be eligible for the Postgraduate Academic Excellence scholarship. Courses such as Integrated Masters, that continue to charge undergraduate tuition fees and are eligible to receive undergraduate student finance will not qualify to receive the Postgraduate Academic Excellence scholarship.
    • Please note that if you have already obtained a postgraduate taught qualification we cannot consider you for this scholarship as it is available to first time postgraduate students only.
    • Scholarships are allocated on the basis of academic merit.
  • All approved scholarships will be applied after enrolment in that academic year.

    • Please note that this payment date will vary depending on your intake. For January intake students, the cash element of the scholarship will be paid in term 2 of your academic year. The same will apply to May intake students. Further details regarding specific payment dates will be detailed in your offer email letter.
    • All scholarships will be awarded at the entire discretion of Coventry University.
    • Scholarships are only available to self-funded students; sponsored students are not eligible.
    • Scholarships are available to graduates of a British awarded 1st class undergraduate honours degree regardless of nationality or fee status. Degrees from overseas do not qualify unless awarded by a recognised UK university abroad.
    • This scholarship is available to all January and May 2024 intakes subject to students applying by the deadline stipulated for their course.
    • If following enrolment, you change your mode of study from full-time to part-time the scholarship will be adjusted and applied on a pro rata basis.
    • The University's decision on the interpretation of eligibility criteria is final and there is no right of appeal. You must comply with all requests for additional information to establish your eligibility in the timeframes specified and you must provide any proofs requested by the stated deadline.
    • The University reserves the right to terminate an award and demand repayment of funds already paid in case of disciplinary action against an award-holder. Cases will be considered on an individual basis by the University.
    • The University reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship from anyone who is found to have misled the University about any aspect of their eligibility and to seek repayment of any monies already paid by appropriate means.The University reserves the right to amend or withdraw the discount should a student defer their course. If a deferral occurs, the criteria on re-enrolment will apply.
    • There is no right of appeal against the University's decision in relation to your eligibility for an award based on your widening participation or your academic profile. You may make a complaint if you believe that you have not been considered for an award because of a procedural error, or you believe that there has been some other procedural problem with our allocating and awarding system.
    • The University reserves the right to amend or withdraw scholarships at any time.

25% alumni discount if you are planning start your studies in May 2024

All alumni wishing to commence postgraduate taught study in May 2024, who have been awarded an undergraduate degree by Coventry University Group*, are eligible for a 25% discount on any published postgraduate taught full-time or part-time course fees. Students must be self-funded e.g. not sponsored. The 25% Alumni discount is automatically applied to your fee account if eligible. This can only be applied once you have enrolled. Alumni are also eligible for our PGT Academic Excellence Scholarship.

For any Coventry University postgraduate taught full masters degree starting in September 2024 as a graduate, you may be entitled to a 20% discount off tuition fees.

    • Students enrolled on to a full-time or part-time Postgraduate Taught Course starting in May 2024 at Coventry University, Coventry University London campus or Coventry University Online and who have an undergraduate degree awarded within the Coventry University Group will receive a 25% alumni discount on the published course fee. Coventry University Group* includes students awarded their undergraduate degrees by Coventry University, Coventry University London, Coventry University Scarborough, Coventry University Online, and by transnational collaborative academic partners holding undergraduate Coventry University degree awarding powers.
    • For any Coventry University postgraduate taught full masters degree starting in September 2024 as a graduate, you may be entitled to a 20% discount off tuition fees.
    • You must be transferring onto a postgraduate taught course charging postgraduate tuition fees in order to be eligible for the alumni discount. Courses such as Integrated Masters, that continue to charge undergraduate tuition fees and are eligible to receive undergraduate student finance will not qualify to receive the alumni discount.
    • Students enrolling on a similar or lower level qualification to that previously studied at Coventry University Group will not be eligible for an alumni discount.
    • Please note that if you have already obtained a postgraduate taught qualification we cannot consider you for the alumni discount as it is available to first time postgraduate students only.
  • All approved fee reductions/discounts will be applied after enrolment in that academic year.

    • All discounts will be awarded at the entire discretion of Coventry University.
    • Scholarships are only available to self-funded students; sponsored students are not eligible.
    • If following enrolment, you change your mode of study from full-time to part-time the alumni discount will be adjusted and applied on a pro rata basis.
    • The University's decision on the interpretation of eligibility criteria is final and there is no right of appeal. You must comply with all requests for additional information to establish your eligibility in the timeframes specified and you must provide any proofs requested by the stated deadline.
    • The University reserves the right to terminate an award and demand repayment of funds already paid in case of disciplinary action against an award-holder. Cases will be considered on an individual basis by the University.
    • The University reserves the right to withdraw a scholarship from anyone who is found to have misled the University about any aspect of their eligibility and to seek repayment of any monies already paid by appropriate means.
    • The University reserves the right to amend or withdraw the discount should a student defer their course. If a deferral occurs, the criteria on re-enrolment will apply.
    • There is no right of appeal against the University's decision in relation to your eligibility for an award based on your widening participation or your academic profile. You may make a complaint if you believe that you have not been considered for an award because of a procedural error, or you believe that there has been some other procedural problem with our allocating and awarding system.
    • The University reserves the right to amend or withdraw scholarships and discounts at any time.

FindAMasters postgraduate scholarships

FindAMasters helps students find courses and universities that are right for them. FindAMasters now also offer scholarships for their e-newsletter subscribers.

To subscribe and find out more regarding these scholarships, please visit the FindAMasters website.


AZIZ Foundation Scholarships

Masters Scholarships Programme 2024/25 for UK British Muslim students.

9 scholarships are available!

Eligible subject areas:

  • Media and Journalism
  • Sports (admin/management)
  • Arts and Culture
  • Sustainability and Environment
  • Technology
  • Policy
  • Law

Find out more about Coventry University courses

*For more information please email deanne.dunstan@coventry.ac.uk.

 There are two scholarship application cycle dates:

  • Cycle 1: Monday 15 January – Friday 29 March 2024 (12 noon)
  • Cycle 2: Monday 1 April – Friday 14 June 2024 (12 noon)

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)

Postgraduate students who have a specific learning difficulty, physical impairment or mental health issue may be able to get financial help from Disabled Students' Allowances. You can apply for DSA for both taught courses and research places.

You can speak to someone at our Health and Wellbeing Centre for specific support. In terms of other disability related benefits please visit the Disability Living Allowance website for further information.


Part-time work

One of the more popular ways to fund your studies is through part-time work. Coventry University has its own recruitment agency, FutureWorks, which can offer you flexible options to fit alongside your course. For more information about working while studying visit our cost of living hub.


Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme

The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme provides financial support for members of the Armed Forces looking to pursue Higher Education. For more information, please visit their website.


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