Research Degree Funding: Doctoral Loans

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Research degree applicants and students may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan to support them in undertaking their research PhD.

Loan opportunities

Postgraduate Doctoral Loans are available on a non-means-tested basis for eligible UK and EU students who are undertaking a postgraduate Doctoral course, such as a PhD. ​

The maximum loan amount is currently £26,445, for courses which start after 1 August 2020. This is the maximum loan amount for the whole course and payments are spread evenly across the duration of your studies. Please visit the Student Finance website for the most up-to-date figures.​

Only full standalone Doctoral courses will qualify (not top-up courses) and you can apply for the loan at any time. You do not need to reapply for each year of study. ​

If you have accessed student funding before (for undergraduate or postgraduate studies) please register using your existing Customer Reference Number (CRN).​

Eligibility applications & repayments

Doctoral Loans are awarded and administered independently by the Student Finance branch of ​

​Eligibility Criteria​​

Full and up-to-date information about eligibility and conditions can be found on the Doctoral Loan page of the Student Finance section of the website.​

Application Process​​

Full details about how to apply can also be found on the Doctoral Loan page of the website.​

Repayment Details​​

Full and up-to-date information about Doctoral Loan repayments can be found on the repayment page of the website.​

Contact the student funding team

Any queries? Get in touch with our Student Funding Team​​

T: (01326) 213744 / 255159​

​Come and see us​​

Falmouth Campus​
Student Funding Office, The Hub, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane.​
Generally open Monday – Friday, 9:00-16:00​

Penryn Campus​
Student Funding drop-in sessions, The Compass, Pod 1, Level 0, Exchange Building​
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 13:00-16:00 (term-time only)​

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