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Postgraduate Funding

Support for Postgraduate Study

Many postgraduate students have to self-fund as there are limited sources of funding at this level. It is therefore important that students who intend to study at postgraduate level plan their finances ahead of starting their course.

SAAS Funding

For taught postgraduate courses starting August 2017, eligible students will now be able to access a Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) loan of up to £10,000 (comprising £5,500 for fees and £4,500 for living costs) for any taught postgraduate course, up to full Masters level. Residency eligibility criteria applies to all SAAS funding – full details can be found on the SAAS website at

Full & Part-Time Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans up to £5500

Currently SAAS offers eligible students a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan of up to £3,400 for a limited number of full-time courses, and up to £1,700 for a limited number of part-time courses. Starting August 2017, SAAS will be offering eligible students a tuition fee loan of up to £5500 for any taught postgraduate courses at Abertay up to full Masters level.

Full-Time Postgraduate Living Cost Loans up to £4500

Currently SAAS offers a Postgraduate Living Cost loan of up to £4500 for a limited number of eligible courses. Starting August 2017, SAAS will be offering eligible students up to £4500 for any taught postgraduate course, up to full Masters level, at any Scottish higher education institute (HEI).

Professional Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Professional and Career Development Loans are bank loans available to students to pay for courses which help them get into work. Successful students may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the UK government pays the interest whilst the student is studying. Applications should ideally be made 3 months before the course start date and should be submitted to the Advisory Team for endorsement and to ensure that the course is approved by the PCDL before submission. For full details, eligibility criteria and conditions please see the website below or call the helpline for an application pack. Tel: 0800 100 900.

Abertay Alumni Discount

We are pleased to offer a 25% discount to Abertay alumni who are progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught or postgraduate taught to postgraduate research study in 2017/18. 

Who is eligible?

Students from all fee categories (Scottish, EU, RUK, and Overseas) who have received either an undergraduate degree (following a minimum of two years study at this University), or a postgraduate taught degree from Abertay University.  The discount is available for taught or research postgraduate Masters or PhD programmes, full or part time.

What you receive

You’ll receive a discount of 25% on the tuition fees after any third party funding has been deducted.  

How to apply

Just mention you’re an Abertay graduate at application and the fee discount will be automatically applied at registration.
  • CPD and short courses are not eligible for this discount;
  • Where a student is eligible for both an Abertay Alumni Discount and another Abertay Scholarship, only the highest discount applies;
  • Discounts cannot be backdated;
  • Discounts will only be applied for the first year of the course.

Other Information

If you opt to pay your discounted tuition fees by instalments and fall into arrears for a period of 3 months, you will lose the discount and will be expected to pay the full sum in full within a seven day period.

More information on Postgraduate Funding options

View the Postgraduate Funding Guide 2-16-2017 for more information.

Please email to be added to the mailing list for the 2017/18 Postgraduate Funding Guide.