Postgraduate Funding >

Students often fund their postgraduate studies through a mixture of savings, family support, part-time work earnings, statutory student loans and scholarship support.  The following information may help in your search for funding.  All sources of funding will have eligibility criteria and you should check these carefully before making an application.

Tuition Fee Status

Tuition fee information is here. The tuition fee you will be charged by GSA will be determined by your residency status. 

Home Fee Status: Students who are ordinarily resident in Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland and have been resident in the UK, for reasons other than study, for 3 years. Students from the Republic of Ireland (ordinarily resident for 3 years) also qualify for Home Fee Status.

International Fee Status: Students from outside the UK, including EU nationals and associated groups without Settled/Pre-Settled Status.

If you live in the EU (excluding the Republic of Ireland) and do not have Settled/Pre-Settled Status under the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme, you will be charged the international tuition fee rate.

Some new students from the EU, with the right to live in the UK, may be entitled to a 'home' fee status:

  • If you have Settled/Pre-Settled status under the UK's EU Settlement Scheme
  • If you are from the Republic of Ireland
  • If you are British but live in the EU
  • If you have dual UK/EU nationality

GSA information for students from the EU can be found here.

UKCISA guidance on fee assessment is available here and here.

To enquire about your fee status please contact the GSA Registry Office:

For guidance and support with your fee status and access to student funding please contact the GSA Student Welfare Service: 

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)

The Scottish Government provides student loans via SAAS for postgraduate study. 

Scottish Students are able to access SAAS loans up to £10,000 (comprising £5,500 for fees and £4,500 for living costs) for any taught postgraduate course up to Masters level.

To be eligible for both the tuition fee and the living cost loans students must be “ordinarily resident” in Scotland before the course starts and must have been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for at least three years for reasons other than study. 

EU nationals who are ‘Settled’ or ‘Pre-Settled’ in the UK (but have not been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years) are eligible to apply for the SAAS Tuition Fee Loan only.

Students from the Republic of Ireland are eligible for the SAAS Tuition Fee Loan (those with Settled Status who meet the residency requirements can apply for full the SAAS support package). The UK and Republic of Ireland have a historic agreement in place regarding Higher Education tuition fees.

New EU students (without Settled/Pre-Settled Status) and other international students are not eligible for support from SAAS.

Further information can be found here and here.

Rest of UK Postgraduate Loans

Student Finance England provides student loans for English residents attending Master’s programmes anywhere in the UK. A loan of up to £11,836 is available to help with tuition fees and living costs. More information can be found here and here.

Student Finance Wales offers up to £18,025 as a combination of grant and loan for Masters Level Study. Information can be found here.

Student Finance Northern Ireland currently offers tuition fee loans of up to £5,500. Information can be found here.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans

Both Student Finance England and Student Finance Wales offer a loan of up to £27,892 for PhD study. SAAS does not currently offer Doctoral Loans.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The GSA is part of a consortium of eight Higher Education institutions which has been awarded funding from the AHRC to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Arts and Humanities in Scotland. Under the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme, the consortium - comprised of the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde and GSA - consider applications for doctoral studentship awards in the majority of Arts and Humanities subjects.

Full information on the Scottish AHRC DTP and the application process is available here and here.

GSA Scholarships

The GSA has a range of scholarships, mostly offering partial assistance with the costs of graduate study. Further information is on our website.

Private Scholarships

A considerable number of private foundations have limited amounts of money available to support students undertaking a variety of programmes. The following websites are good places to begin your search:

Postgraduate Studentships



Scholarship Search

Foreign & Commonwealth Office Scholarships (British Council)

Commonwealth Scholarships

Carnegie Trust

Glasgow Education & Marshall Trust

GSA’s Student Welfare Office can also provide guidance on these and other trusts and charities to apply to – contact:

US Federal Financial Air (US citizens only

The GSA participates in the William D Ford Direct Loan Program, helping US citizens pay for study. Information is available here.

Discretionary Fund

If you are a UK postgraduate student and you experience financial hardship whilst studying at GSA, you can apply for support from the Discretionary Fund via our Student Welfare department. Information is available here.

Disabled Students' Allowance

If you are a UK postgraduate student you can apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to cover some of the extra costs you may have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability. Information is available via SAAS and

GSA Alumni Discount

All GSA graduates are eligible for a 10% tuition discount when progressing on to postgraduate study at GSA.