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Part-time Home/EU postgraduate student funding

Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL)

PCDLs are loans from Barclays or the Co-operative Bank for between £300 and £10,000. Only UK residents are eligible for a loan. The main advantage of this scheme is that during your programme and for up to one month afterwards, the interest payments are met by the government. After this time you are required to repay the loan and the interest is then comparable to other commercial loans. These loans are only available to UK residents.

For more information on PCDLs or to speak to a PCDL Adviser visit the website.

Finance for part-time PGCE programmes

Part-time PGCE students will be covered by the funding arrangements for part-time undergraduate students with access to a tuition fee loan. New part-time students already holding a qualification equivalent or higher in level than their PGCE remain eligible for this support. Please see the part-time undergraduate funding page for more details.

Fee waivers from UWE Bristol

Due to the introduction of loans for postgraduate study for the 2016/17 academic year, our part-time postgraduate fee waiver scheme has been revised for new students starting in 2016/17.

You will not be eligible to apply for a fee waiver if you are able to obtain a postgraduate loan from Student Finance England for your course. This rule will allow the Waiver Scheme to support students who have no alternative method for paying for their tuition fees.

Please note: Existing recipients of the fee waiver will remain unaffected up until the completion of their current studies, providing they continue to meet the qualifying criteria outlined in point one (below).

  1. Part-time postgraduate students who have been in receipt of a means tested benefit continuously for at least six months prior to either 1 September 2016 or 1 January 2017 (dependent on your course start date) or
  2. New for 2016/17, care leavers can now apply for a fee waiver without needing to be in receipt of the qualifying benefits. To qualify, you must have been in local authority care for three months between the ages of 11 to 16 and not returned to live with parents since then. If you meet this criteria, please let us know by emailing

Below is an outline of the scheme:

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for a UWE Bristol fee waiver for your postgraduate part-time course, you need to be:

  • Studying at postgraduate level for the first time. This means that you have not already achieved a qualification at the same level as your new course. If you have a Master’s qualification, you can apply for a waiver for a course at PhD level).
  • Considered a UK resident ('home') or EU student for fee purposes and
  • Registered on a designated part-time postgraduate course that lasts for at least one academic year and
  • Registered for 80 credits or fewer and
  • In receipt of a means-tested benefit on 1 September 2016 (or 1 January 2017 if you are starting your programme in January 2017), and continuously for the previous six months or a care leaver.

If you meet the above criteria, UWE Bristol will consider a waiver of 75 per cent of your tuition fees for this academic year.

If you are eligible to apply for the new Postgraduate Loan for Masters Courses, you will not be entitled to the fee waiver.

Please note: The funding available for fee waivers is limited and demand is usually high. We can, therefore, not guarantee that every eligible student will be awarded a fee waiver.

Which benefits count?

The relevant benefits for this fee waiver are:

  • Income support.
  • Employment and support allowance (income based).
  • Pension credit.
  • Jobseekers allowance (income-based).
  • Housing benefit or council tax reduction.
  • Universal credit (to include either Income based JSA/ESA or Income support or Housing benefit).

Tax credits do not count as a qualifying benefit for the fee waiver.

How to apply

For care leavers, please email providing evidence of your status. You do not have to complete an application form.

For students applying because they are in receipt of means-tested benefits, please complete and return the application form to the address detailed at the bottom of the application form.

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