Postgraduate doctoral loans for home students
This loan is open to new students who start their programme after 1 August 2018.
The loan amount for students applying to Student Finance England is up to £28,673 in 2023-24. Students applying to Student Finance Wales and get a loan of up to £28,395 in 2023-24. The loan will be divided equally across each year of your course and is paid in 3 instalments in each year of the course.
Students must be registered on the Doctoral Degree and not on a Masters award to qualify, and students are encouraged to apply from Year 1 as it cannot be backdated.
- It must be a full, standalone doctoral course, not a top-up course
- You must have started your course on or after 1 August 2018
- It must last between three and eight academic years
- It must be at a UK university (with research degree awarding powers)
- It can a full-time or part-time course
- It can be a taught or research-based course (or a combination of both)
- It can be a distance learning course, as long as you live in the UK while studying
- It can also be an integrated master's degree (a master's and PhD combined). However, you won't be able to apply for a separate Postgraduate Master's Loan.
- Students in receipt of Research Council funding cannot apply
This funding is available to students studying on the following courses:
- Biological and Medical Sciences
- Built Environment
- Business and Management
- Economics, Accounting or Finance
- English and Modern Languages
- English by Research
- History, Philosophy and Culture
- Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management
- Japanese by Research
- Nursing and Midwifery
- Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, and Rehabilitation
- Professional Doctorate in Midwifery
- Professional Doctorate in Nursing
- Social Sciences
- Social Work
- Sport and Coaching Sciences
- Technology in Professional Services (TIPS) and Oxford Regions, Innovation, and Enterprise Lab (ORIEL)
- The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership
Please apply via the gov.uk website.
Terms and conditions
Please refer to the gov.uk website for full details.