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Creating a postgraduate doctoral course - Eligibility


A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan will be available for full postgraduate doctoral degree courses only. Eligible doctoral courses may be a combination of:

  • taught and research-based study
  • part-time and full-time study
  • periods of attendance and distance learning

It is not available for other Level 8 qualifications:

  • Level 8 awards
  • Level 8 certificates
  • Level 8 diplomas

It is also not available for lower level postgraduate courses:

  • standalone master’s degree
  • integrated master’s degree (a master’s degree that is integrated with an undergraduate degree)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

Finally, it is not available for partial doctoral courses. These are where the student is topping up to a doctoral qualification and does not need to undertake the whole designated doctoral course.

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