Postgraduate loans, fees, scholarships and bursaries

Tuition fees for postgraduate courses are variable and were stated in your offer letter. For more information on specific courses, please look at our comprehensive fees list.

UK students

Postgraduate students who normally live in England can apply for a loan of up to £11,570 through Student Finance England for courses starting on or after 1st August 2021. The loan is paid directly to you. You can use it for your course fees and living costs. Funding for postgraduate loans is different if you normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Please see the relevant funding body websites below for more information:

If you have applied for a postgraduate student loan, your first instalment will be paid into your bank account only after you have formally enrolled at Keele (don’t worry, you will receive an email about how to enrol).

To get the loan, you will need to confirm your bank details with your student finance authority. It can take at least a week from enrolment for your loan to be paid to your bank account (by BACS transfer), so you should make sure you have money available to cover your living costs in the first week or so of the term. The first few weeks of the academic year can be expensive, and you may need money for food, travel, household goods, books, joining societies and entertainment.

Additional info for international students

If you have a sponsor for all or part of your fees: you must provide written confirmation from your sponsor including their full name and address, with the details of the payments they will make. This can be sent via email to

If you are responsible for payment of your fees: Payments can be made in one lump sum shortly after enrolment, or in two instalments in October and January, both direct to the University. If you are on a modular mode of attendance, then you will be invoiced as you enrol for each module.

All international students will receive an invoice, which will be sent to your Keele email account. The University no longer accepts cash payments from students, so please ensure you have made appropriate arrangements for payment before you begin your course. Most credit and debit cards are accepted for payment. Find out more about online payment methods.

Please remember that you must have all of your funding in place before you arrive in the UK.

Keele has a range of bursaries and scholarships. Find out more about:

If you have any queries about the range of bursaries and scholarships available, please contact the Student Financial Support team at or call +44(0)1782 734481 where a member of the team will be happy to help.

UK students only: If you are eligible to receive a bursary or scholarship, provided that we have all of the information we need to make a decision, we will write to you in the first semester to confirm your eligibility and to provide payment dates. Please remember that, in order for us to assess your eligibility for a bursary or scholarship, both you and your parents (or anyone else who has provided information for your grants and loans application) must all have given consent to share to your Student Finance authority by signing the relevant section of your loan application form. Without this consent to share, it is very unlikely that you will receive an award even if you are eligible, as we will be unable to assess you against all the eligibility criteria that may be required.

Keele University has partnered with Blackbullion to give all Keele students access to free personal financial education. Blackbullion is an online learning platform created to help you get to grips with all things money-related. You can find online tutorials, quizzes and videos on a wide range of topics including:

  • Fees and funding
  • Budgeting
  • Savings
  • Credit cards
  • Digital banks
  • Debt
  • Rent

Register for free at with your Keele email address.