Research Degree Funding: Doctoral Loans
Research degree applicants and students may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan to support them in undertaking their research PhD.
Postgraduate Doctoral Loans are available on a non-means-tested basis for eligible UK and EU students who are undertaking a postgraduate Doctoral course, such as a PhD.
The maximum loan amount is currently £28,673, for courses which start after 1 August 2023. This is the maximum loan amount for the whole course and payments are spread evenly across the duration of your studies.
You can apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan in any year of your course. But if you apply after your first year, you might not get the maximum amount.
Please visit the Student Finance website for full details.
Only full standalone Doctoral courses will qualify (not top-up courses) and you can apply for the loan at any time. You do not need to reapply for each year of study.
If you have accessed student funding before (for undergraduate or postgraduate studies) please register using your existing Customer Reference Number (CRN).
Eligibility applications & repayments
Doctoral Loans are awarded and administered independently by the Student Finance branch of Gov.uk.
Full and up-to-date information about eligibility and conditions can be found on the Doctoral Loan page of the Student Finance section of the gov.uk website.
Full details about how to apply can also be found on the Doctoral Loan page of the gov.uk website.
Full and up-to-date information about Doctoral Loan repayments can be found on the repayment page of the gov.uk website.
Contact the student funding team
For any funding related queries, contact our Student Finance team:
T: +44(0)1326 255310
You can use the same email and telephone number for prospective students, or you can book a Microsoft Teams or on-campus appointment by using the Student Funding appointments system.