PhD loans and funding

Find out about PhD loans and other sources of funding to help you pay for your course.

National postgraduate loans

As a PhD student starting a full or part-time PhD course in the 2018/19 academic year, you could be eligible for a loan of up to £25,000 from the UK Government.

The loans will be available to self-funded UK nationals aged 59 or under. This website will be updated once full details have been announced by the UK government.

FindAPhD has published a helpful guide to UK PhD loans.

As an MPhil student, you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £10,280 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters loans

Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are available to UK-based students.

Find out more about Professional and Career Development Loans

American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

The University participates in the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program.

Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding

The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online is all about alternative sources of funding – especially charities – which can make awards to any student regardless of subject or nationality.

The Guide contains a huge database of funding opportunities, comprehensive guidance written by successful applicants, and numerous tools to help you prepare a winning grant application.

The Guide is password protected:

  • if you are a current University of Sussex student, register with your Sussex email address
  • if you are a prospective postgraduate student who has applied to Sussex, use the following authentication PIN to register for the Guide: 6789.

Register for the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding Online.

Funding for students with disabilities

UK postgraduates can apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance from Student Finance England.

Contact the disability advisers in the Student Support Unit for more information:

+44 (0)1273 877466 
studentsupport@sussex.ac.uk

Part-time work

You can help fund your studies and gain valuable work experience by working part time. With a thriving tourist industry, Brighton is a good place to look for part-time work, and students often apply for jobs in shops, hotels, bars, restaurants and offices, as well as on campus.

Our Careers and Employability Centre also advertises thousands of jobs, placements and internships each year.

Find out more about how to find a part-time job while you are studying.


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