With the introduction of government loans to help finance postgraduate study, there has never been a better time to take your academic qualifications to the next level. 

Government statistics show that 76.5% of postgraduate students are employed in high skilled roles compared to 65% of graduates and 23% of non-graduates.

(Department for Education 2018) 

What does my course cost?

Postgraduate course fees do vary a lot more than those for undergraduate degrees. Please check the course web page for information about the fees for your chosen course before you apply.  


Postgraduate home students

Course fees

The cost of your course can be found on your course page under the Fees section.

Living costs

While you are studying you will need to cover your living costs. Think about where you will live and how much it will cost. You will also need money to cover your day-to-day living costs such as food, clothes, additional childcare, travel etc.

Additional costs

Apart from fees and living costs there are some additional costs when studying at university. We try to keep these to a minimum and be clear about what they are.

Some additional costs apply to almost all students – like purchasing textbooks. But some additional costs are linked to specific courses. You will find further information about any additional costs on your course page under Fees.

If you are an International student please visit our international fees and funding advice page.

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Funding my postgraduate degree

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University, who have completed at least one year of study and achieved a qualification with us, are eligible for a 20% discount on Postgraduate Taught Master's and Master's by Research courses if you are fully self-funding your tuition fees.

Students who are funding their tuition fees from a Government Postgraduate Loan are considered to be self-funding. 

The alumni discount applies to Home (UK) / EU and Overseas students. However, please note that the alumni discount does not apply to the following students:

  • overseas students studying under an articulation agreement – Overseas students who are progressing onto a Postgraduate Taught Master's or Master's by Research course as part of an articulation agreement are not eligible for the alumni discount
  • students whose tuition fees are paid in full or part-paid for by a sponsor – the alumni discount only applies to students who are fully self-funding their own tuition fees
  • students whose tuition fees are paid in full or part-paid through an NHS bursary or other NHS award - the alumni discount only applies to students who are fully self-funding their own tuition fees
  • Christ Church Alumni are being offered a 20% Alumni Discount on a range of PGCEs starting in 2022-23, if they are fully self-funding their course and are not in receipt of a Department for Education bursary or professional subject association scholarship. Read the Terms and Conditions.
  • International students who are in receipt of an International student scholarship

You're now able to access government loans to support you when you study at postgraduate level, subject to course and personal eligibility criteria.

Rather than dividing the funds between a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan, like with an undergraduate degree, you receive a single loan that is intended to cover both fees and living costs. This loan will be paid directly to you by the Student Loans Company. 

The money is paid directly into your account and it’s up to you how you choose to spend it. You’ll start paying the loan back when your earnings reach a certain level.

The support and funding available for postgraduate degrees varies a great deal depending on what you want to study. 

Postgraduate Master’s loan 

If you want to study a taught or research Master's you can apply for a Master’s loan subject to certain course and personal eligibility criteria. .

Government website – Master's loan.

Postgraduate Doctoral loan 

If you want to study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD, you can apply for Postgraduate Doctoral Loan subject to course and personal eligibility criteria.

Government website – Doctoral loan

There are various government funding arrangements to help you with the cost of teacher training.

As well as access to loans there are generous bursaries available depending on the subject you plan to teach. You can find all the latest information about this on the government website.

Government website - teaching bursaries and scholarships

PhD Scholarships 

Each year we offer a number of full-time PhD scholarships (a stipend of £13,000 p.a., tuition fee waiver for three years and an expense allowance of £500 p.a.). In some subject areas, part-time PhD scholarships will also be available (tuition fee waiver for five years and an expense allowance of £300 p.a.) 

To request more information email graduatecollege@canterbury.ac.uk

Sports Scholarship 

We’re committed to developing sporting excellence and offer scholarships of up to £1,500 a year in any sport. 

The University is recognised by Sport England’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) as a Dual Career Accredited Site. We give talented athletes extra academic flexibility, allowing talented athletes to balance their studies alongside a sporting schedule. 

Visit our Sports Scholarship pages to find out more and apply.

Choral Scholarships 

No matter what you study, if you have the talent you can help form the professional heart of the University Chapel Choir and benefit from our £800 choral scholarships (£1,000 for organists and conductors). 

How to apply 

Visit this page for more details and to complete the application form. 

Some postgraduate positions have funding attached to them that covers fees, living costs or both. These positions are often funded by UK Research and Innovation. You can search a constantly updated list of opportunities on their website. 

Visit the UKRI website for further information.

There are sometimes other sources of funding available from a range of charities, trusts and learned societies. The government website is a good place to start researching these opportunities. Some employers also offer funding for postgraduate study.

If you have a disability, you can also research the financial support you  may be able to access for specialist equipment or non-medical helper allowance.

Visit the government website for full details.


It’s important to think carefully about how you are going to manage money while you study. Look at what money you have coming in and try to estimate how much you need to spend while you study.

The Money saving expert student budgeting planner is a great tool to help you plan your budget.