Fees and funding

Studying a master's programme is a significant but incredibly rewarding investment, which can transform your future career progression.

Master's tuition fees (2019/20)

The following fees apply to full time master's degrees that commence in September 2019. Part time fees will be charged per credit unit of study. For more information on part time fees for your programme, please visit the University's finance pages.

InstituteProgrammeBandUK-EU feesInternational fees

Institute for Design Innovation

MA Design and Culture

MA/MSc Design Innovation

MRes Design Innovation

MSc Design Innovation Management

MSc Entrepreneurial Design Management

L2 £10,550 £24,750

Institute for Digital Technologies

MSc Cyber Security and Big Data

MSc Digital Creative Media

MSc Digital Design Innovation

MSc Digital Innovation Management

MSc Digital Marketing

MRes Digital Technologies

L2 £10,550 £24,750

Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance

MRes Diplomacy and International Governance

MSc Diplomacy, Business and Trade

MSc Diplomacy, Statecraft and Foreign Policy

Security, Peacebuilding and Diplomacy

L1 £10,550 £19,000

Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

MRes Entrepreneurship and Innovation

MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

MSc Entrepreneurship, Finance and Innovation

MSc Managing Innovation in Creative Organisations

L3 £14,100 £25,500

Institute for International Management

MSc International Management

MSc International Management and Emerging Economies

MSc Management and Work in a Global Context

MSc Risk, Governance and International Management

L3 £14,100 £25,500
Institute for Media and Creative Industries

MA Communication and Cultural Policy

MA Global Communication and Development

MA Media and Creative Industries

MRes Media and Creative Industries

L1 £10,550 £19,000
Institute for Sport Business

MSc Sport Analytics and Technologies

MRes Sport Business

MSc Sport Business and Innovation

MSc Sport Business and Leadership

MSc Sport Marketing

L2 £10,550 £24,750

UK Government loans for master's programmes

A new system of postgraduate loans for master’s degrees in the UK has been introduced for postgraduates. Further information can be found here

Which courses are eligible?

The loan is for masters courses in all subjects beginning on or after 1st August 2016, including taught and research programmes. Your programme can be a full-time (1-2 years), part-time (2-4 years) or distance learning course. If your chosen course is only available part time, a 3 year course will be accepted. Your course must be from a UK university. MA, MSc, MRes, MBA, Med or LLM courses are accepted. MPhil programmes lasting 2 years or less are also included, but the loan will not cover PhD's.

How much can I borrow?

Full time students can borrow any amount up to £10,609, which will be issued in three instalments over the academic year. Loans for part-time study are capped at £5,000 per year, for 2 years.

It’s up to you how much you borrow, whether that’s £100 or £10,609. It’s also your choice how you spend the money, though the loan is intended to cover the cost of your tuition fees, learning resources and/or living expenses.

The loan has been designed to help individuals and is flexible enough to cater to specific needs. Some students, such as those living close to their chosen Institution, will be able to self-fund their living expenses, but may need the loan to help pay for their course. Some will be able to self-fund their course, but need a loan to help cover their living costs. Others may not be able to contribute anything towards their fees, resources or living costs.

Who can apply?

To get the loan, you must be living in England and intend to study your masters at a UK University. UK nationals and those with settled status in the UK can apply, so long as they have been living in England for 3 years.

EU, EEA or Swiss nationals living in the EU, EEA or Switzerland are also eligible, so long as they are intending to study at a UK University.

When do I repay the loan?

You are not required to repay any of the loan until you have finished or left your course and your income is over £21,000 (frozen until 2021). Once you earn over this amount, the Government will automatically take 6% of what you earn over the threshold (keep reading for an example). Any loan remaining 30 years after you’re due to start making repayments will be written off.

Will I be charged interest?

Interest will be charged at the Retail Price Index (RPI) plus 3% from the day you receive your first payment until the loan is paid in full.

When can I apply?

Further information about application dates can be found on the GOV.uk website.

Read our blog post for more information, including eligibility and repayments.

UK Government loans for PhD study

The UK Government has recently introduced the Doctoral Loan, where doctoral researchers can now receive up to £25,000 for their whole course. For more information, please visit our PhD fees and funding page.