Information for 2016/17 EU postgraduate research students

Your funding package

Research councils, loans and sponsorship - these are just some of the sources of funding that could help you finance your studies

As a postgraduate, you could secure funding through a variety of sources. You'll find a list of potential sources of funding for postgraduate research students below. The Prospectus website also contains useful funding information for postgraduates. Similarly, the Alternative Guide to Funding is a helpful resource, which could help you find funding through a charity.

Before you begin at Liverpool John Moores University, we recommend you contact one of our student advisors for expert financial advice and guidance. 

Possible sources of funding

Below you'll find possible sources of funding and details about the two types of PhD scholarships you could apply for - a fully-funded PhD scholarship and a fees-only PhD scholarship.

  • Research Councils
  • PhD scholarships
  • Trusts
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • Charities
  • Government departments
  • Industry sponsorship
  • Bank loan schemes
  • National Bodies
  • Grants - check the Grants Register (Palgrave Macmillan) and Directory of Grant Making Trusts (Directory of Social Change)

EU students

If you are studying at LJMU, and you are an EU national, please read this funding statement from the Student Loans Company. For more information, please contact us.

Alternative Guide to Funding

The Alternative Guide to Funding is a helpful resource, which could help you find funding via a charity.

Government postgraduate loan for masters courses

Value: Up to £10,000

If you are eligible, you could borrow up to £10,000 as part of the new government’s postgraduate loan for masters courses.

The loans will be available to students studying a full-time or part-time course that starts from September 2017 onwards. Part-time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity of the full-time equivalent.


Once your course is completed, you will not need to start repaying your loan until the following April and you will only begin to pay back your loan when you are earning more than £21,000. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of your income above the £21,000 threshold.

Am I eligible?

If you’re studying an eligible course, the following students should be able to receive the postgraduate loan: 

  • Students who are ordinarily resident in England or the EU
  • Students under the age of 60 at the start of their course 

Eligible courses

Eligible courses include:

  • MSc
  • MA
  • MRes
  • LLM
  • MBA

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. To be eligible, courses need to be full masters standalone courses.

Courses that are not eligible

Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma courses are not eligible. 

Learn more

Visit the government site