To qualify for support, you must be studying a taught course that we fund and meet our residence eligibility criteria. We may also take into account any previous study.


We only support certain taught postgraduate courses, mostly at diploma and masters level.

We do not offer tuition fee support for research based programmes such as PhD’s. Courses at that level are the responsibility of one of the Research Councils


Courses will be eligible for support if they are a taught postgraduate diploma or masters programme delivered at a publicly funded institution. This includes eligible courses delivered by distance-learning. Eligible courses must be no longer than twice the length of an equivalent full-time course.

If you are studying part-time on a postgraduate course outside Scotland, you will not be eligible for a tuition fee loan from us but you may still be eligible for DSA.

You may still be eligible if you are studying for a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (see undergraduate funding).

Previous Study

You will not be eligible for help with the cost of your tuition fees if you have already received support from UK or other EU public funds for a course of postgraduate study.

However, if you have received support for a course of postgraduate study and did not receive a qualification you may still be eligible to support. We have a 'plus one' year, which allows you to claim an extra year’s funding if you change course or need to repeat a period of study. If this applies to you, you should contact us for advice.


You must meet our normal residence conditions to be eligible for funding for a part-time postgraduate course.

Further information is available in our full eligibility rules.