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Postgraduate Loans for Master's Level Study (PGL)

The UK government provide Postgraduate Loans (PGL) for Master’s level study.

Personal Eligibility

An applicant for a PGL must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:


Residency – You must be a UK national, or have settled status in the UK/EU and have been resident in the UK/EU for three years by 1st September 2018 to be eligible for the Postgraduate Loan (PGL).

Different UK countries have different loan amounts and eligibility criteria:

Country resident / nationality maximum value of loan additional information
England £10,669 More info: England
Wales £13,000 More info: Wales
Scotland £5,500 More info: Scotland
Northern Ireland £5,500 More info: Northern Ireland
Other E.U. Countries £10,669 More info: other EU countries

The Student Loans Company (SLC) will make residency checks as part of the application process.. European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss migrant workers may also be eligible to apply.


Must be aged under 60 on 1st September 2018.

Previous Loans

Any applicant with outstanding SLC loan arrears will not be eligible for a PGL. Outstanding SLC loan arrears means having missed any scheduled repayments, as opposed to having an outstanding SLC balance.

Previous Study

Any applicant who already holds a Master’s degree or an equivalent or higher level qualification (ELQ) will not eligible for a PGL. Applicants with lower level qualifications such as Postgraduate Diplomas or Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) will not affect eligibility for PGLs.

PGLs are non-means tested meaning an applicant’s financial situation will not be taken into account when eligibility is being assessed.

Course Eligibility

The following courses at Central are eligible for PGL funding:

When to Apply

Applications will be accepted from summer 2018 onwards. Find more information.

Payment Information

There isn’t a minimum loan request amount. The maximum is £10,609. Payments will be made directly to the student in three instalments per academic year.

Examples of payment schedules for a £10,609 loan:

MA Voice Studies (Full-time, 1 year)

  • Payment 1 – October 2018 - £3,536
  • Payment 2 - February 2019 - £3,536
  • Payment 3 – May 2019 - £3,537

MA Applied Theatre (Part-time, 2 years)

  • Payment 1 (Year One) – October 2018 - £1,768
  • Payment 2 (Year One) – February 2019 - £1,768
  • Payment 3 (Year One) – May 2019 - £1,768
  • Payment 1 (Year Two) – October 2019 - £1,768
  • Payment 2 (Year Two) – February 2020  - £1,768
  • Payment 3 (Year Two) – May 2019 - £1,768