With postgraduate study becoming more accessible, it is a fantastic time to find out about furthering your education. Find out about postgraduate fees and funding here. 

Government statistics show that 78.3% of postgraduate students are employed in high skilled roles compared to 66.3% of graduates and 23.6% of non-graduates.

(Department for Education 2022) 

What does my postgraduate course cost?

Postgraduate course fees do vary a lot more than those for undergraduate degrees. The course fees for each course is presented on its course page. Find out how much your postgraduate course will cost on our course page search


Postgraduate home students

Course fees

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

Living costs

Whilst you are studying you will need to cover your living costs. These costs include rent, bills, and essentials such as food and travel.

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 in the fees section.

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 2023/24 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2023/24 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Funding my postgraduate degree


  • 20% discount for most postgraduate Taught Master's and Master's by Research courses

Eligible criteria 

  • 20% discount for most Postgraduate Taught Master's (including Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma courses, but excluding Neuropsychology courses), Master's by Research and PGCE courses.
  • Available to Home (UK), EU, and Overseas alumni students who are fully self-funding their tuition fees (Note: Students who are funding their tuition fees from a Government Postgraduate Loan are considered to be self-funding).
  • Available to alumni students who have at least one year of study at CCCU resulting in a qualification.

The alumni discount will not apply to the following students:

  • Students who are studying the PG Diploma Neuropsychology or the PG Certificate Neuropsychology Practice
  • Students whose tuition fees are paid in full or part-paid for by a Sponsor
  • School Direct students - the discount will not apply to the School Direct training fee element, whether students are on the Salaried or Unsalaried route.   
  • The discount will only apply to the additional fee for the PGCE ‘top-up’ if students are fully self-funding that element of the fee.


Two postgraduate loans offered by the government:

Eligible criteria 

Your eligibility depends on the following:

  • your course
  • your age 
  • your nationality.

Full criteria for both loans can be found on the gov website. 

Useful information 

  • Rather than dividing the funds between a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan, you receive a single loan. This loan will be paid directly to you by the Student Loans Company. 
  • It's your responsibility to pay your tuition fee once the loan has been paid into your bank account.
  • You’ll start paying the loan back when your earnings reach a certain level.


Eligible criteria 

For bursaries and scholarships:

  • Eligibility depends on the subject you are going to teach 
  • You must have one of the following qualifications:
    • 2:2 (Hons) - bursary
    • 2:1 (Hons) - scholarship 
    • a Master's degree
    • a PhD.

Find more information for full eligibility criteria for bursaries on the UK government website. 

Scholarships are also offered by individual institutions, each with their own eligible criteria. Read more about scholarships on the UK government website. 

Useful information 

You can find all the latest information about this on the Get into Teaching website.

Sports Scholarship 

We’re committed to developing sporting excellence. We offer scholarships of up to £1500 a year in any sport for three levels:

  • Potential
  • Performance 
  • Elite.  

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 them to balance their studies alongside a sporting schedule. 

You can find out more about these opportunities on our scholarships and bursaries pages. 


Chapel choir scholarships


  • Choral Scholarship - £500 per year + tuition
  • Organ/Conducting Scholarship - £750 per year + tuition.

Eligible criteria

  • Available to all Canterbury Christ Church University students

Useful information

  • Complete this form by the beginning of October.
  • Auditions will be held in October.
  • Throughout each academic year, the Choir sings an Evensong every Thursday evening during term time, and several other services, including the Candlemas and Pentecost services in Canterbury Cathedral.


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 on postgraduate funding.

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 of funding.

Budgeting during my postgraduate study

It’s important to think carefully about how you are going to manage money whilst you study. Look at what money you have coming in and try to estimate how much you need to spend during your time as a student.

You'll need to think about paying your fees as well as covering your maintenance costs, especially if you have the postgraduate loan from Student Finance England as you will be paid both your tuition and maintenance loan together, unlike your undergraduate degree.

Having a budget will give you peace of mind that you can afford to pay your bills and have enough money for those essential spends. Without a reasonable budget, it's easy to spiral into debt. So take the time to plan a budget for when you start your studies.

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