Student

Funding

Information for 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

Postgraduate research students, you'll find a list of potential sources of funding 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 via a charity.

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 – more information below
  • Trusts
  • Charities
  • Alternative Guide to Funding
  • Grants – check the Grants Register (Palgrave Macmillan) and the Directory of Grant Making Trusts (Directory of Social Change)
  • Government departments
  • Industry sponsorship
  • Bank loan schemes
  • National bodies
  • Professional and Career Development Loans
  • Government postgraduate loan – students studying certain research degrees may be eligible to apply
  • Doctoral loans (NEW)

EU students

If you are planning to study at a UK university this autumn, and you are an EU national, please read this funding statement from the Student Loans Company. For more information, please contact us.

Student fee waiver

Liverpool John Moores University operates a limited student fee waiver scheme for postgraduate researchers. Contact the relevant School or research area to discuss your eligibility for this support.

LJMU Alumni Award

20% tuition fee discount

If you’re a former Liverpool John Moores University student, you could be eligible for a 20% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees. The fee reduction will apply automatically to eligible students. You do not need to apply. The 20% reduction will be applied to all years of the postgraduate programme being studied, not just the first year and applies to Home and EU LJMU graduates.

Eligibility
  • You have successfully completed a degree programme from Liverpool John Moores University, irrespective of when you graduated
  • The Award can apply to any taught postgraduate masters level or research degree programme (see Exclusions below)
  • You can either be paying your own fees or in receipt of sponsorship from a third party (see Exclusions below)
  • The 20% award only applies to new programmes of study that commenced in the 2016/17 academic year onwards
  • It is open to students from the UK and the EU
  • The Award will only apply to one programme of study therefore if you are attending more than one eligible programme you will have the award applied to the programme with the greater fee value
  • You'll only receive the award once during your studies. Subsequent further study will not be eligible if you have already been in receipt of the Award. Awards cannot be applied retrospectively

Eligibility will be assessed from information held by LJMU regarding your prior study declared in your admission application, you'll receive a letter prior to the start of your studies advising you of the fee reduction.

Exclusions
  • PGC/DE programmes
  • If you are in receipt of a fee bursary for the following programmes you will be excluded: MA Social Work, MSc Environmental Planning
  • CPD programmes
  • Liverpool John Moores University staff who are fully sponsored under the University’s Staff Development Policy will be excluded
  • If you are in receipt of an LJMU tuition fee scholarship you will not be able to receive both awards and will be allocated the award with the highest value
  • If you are an international student you will not be able to claim the Award. Find out about International Student Scholarships
  • If you are currently in receipt of the 15% Alumni Award, you will continue to receive the 15% discount until completion of your programme of study

To find out more about the LJMU Alumni Award, please contact the Academic Registry team.

Government postgraduate loan scheme

Value: Up to £10,609

If you are eligible, you could borrow up to £10,609 as part of the 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 2018 onwards. Part-time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity of the full-time equivalent.

Repayments

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.


Fully-funded PhD scholarship

Could you apply?

Value: Up to £20,353 per year

The closing deadline is Wednesday 28 February 2018 at 5pm. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

If you are awarded a fully-funded PhD scholarship, you could receive:

  • annual fees: £4,300
  • a contribution towards running costs: £1,500 per year
  • an annual stipend: £14,553

There are a limited number of PhD scholarships available.

Applications are judged on:

  • The calibre of the candidate and their academic qualifications (minimum 2:1 or First Class Honours degree and/or Masters qualification)
  • We will not accept applications without an identified student
  • The quality of the research project and how it connects with research currently being undertaken at LJMU
  • Whether the research can contribute towards the Research Excellence Framework (REF); interdisciplinary research will be weighted highly. Please see the HEFCE website for more information about REF2021

Please note:

  • your application for a PhD scholarship must be submitted via your main PhD supervisor at LJMU
  • the number of PhD scholarships available is limited
  • Scholarship PhD studentships must be filled by September 2018 unless otherwise agreed with LJMU
  • Scholarships are only open to UK and EU citizens and students must have settled status to be eligible
  • International and part-time students and those completing Professional Doctorates are not eligible for support under this scheme

How do I find out more?

To find out more and to submit your PhD scholarship application form, please find your PhD supervisor by using the academic staff list within each School at the bottom of this page.

Alternatively, please contact Emily Walker.

Fees-only scholarship

Submit your application

Value: Up to £3,845 

The closing deadline is Wednesday 28 February 2018 at 5pm.

A fees-only scholarship will cover the costs of your fees. There are a limited number of scholarships available.

Am I eligible?

  • You must be able to demonstrate you can support yourself financially over the period of three years full-time study
  • Full-time, UK and EU PhD applicants from any discipline are eligible to apply
  • Scholarship PhD studentships must be filled by the September of the academic year you plan to begin your PhD
  • International and part-time students and those completing Professional Doctorates are not eligible for support under this scheme
  • Supervisors must be L/SL status or above. Postdoctoral researchers or research assistants are not eligible to be supervisors
     

Applications are judged on:

  • The calibre of the candidate and their academic qualifications (minimum 2:1 or First Class Honours degree and/or Masters qualification)
  • We will not accept applications without an identified student
  • The quality of the research project and how it connects with research currently being undertaken at LJMU
  • Whether the research can contribute towards the Research Excellence Framework (REF); interdisciplinary research will be weighted highly. Please see the HEFCE website for more information about REF2021

How do I find out more?

To find out more and to submit your PhD scholarship application form, please find your PhD supervisor by using the academic staff list within each School at the bottom of this page.

Alternatively, please contact Emily Walker.

Government doctoral loan scheme

Value: up to £25,000

A new loan scheme is being launched for students from England or the EU who are commencing a standalone doctorate on or after 1 August 2018. Full details of the scheme are yet to be approved by parliament. Further information and timescales for the launch can be found on the Government's website.