Postgraduate Finance

Fees and Funding 2021/22

What costs are involved in postgraduate study?

  • Tuition fees - fees vary between universities
  • Living costs - includes cost of accommodation, food, books, travel etc.

Payment of Fees

If you are responsible for paying all or part of your tuition fees you can pay in full at the start of the academic year. However, we understand that some students may not be able to do this. To help with this the University does allow payment to be broken down into three instalments. The first instalment will be due before enrolment, with further instalments due on the first day of the second and third terms.

Early Payment Discount

Students who pay their fees in full before the 31st August will receive a discount of 2%.

All payment schemes are subject to review, update and terms and conditions. For further details please contact Finance on 0113 2028006.

There are many options available for financing your post graduate studies so it is important that you find out what funding you can get.


Postgraduate loans up to a maximum value of £11,222 are available if your course starts on or after 1 August 2020. These loans are available for all taught and research Masters programmes in all subjects for both full-time and part-time study. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit.

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Home Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Scholarship

A scholarship of £2,000 will be awarded to one home student for one year. The scholarship will be awarded by a panel of staff and comprises of a reduction in tuition fees for the year.

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Studio Space Scholarship

The University recognises the challenges that graduates face in finding appropriate studio space in the first few years of their career. The studio space scholarship will provide suitable working studio space for one home student for the period of their studies.

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International Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

There are five scholarships of £3,000 available. The scholarship is awarded by a panel of staff and is in the form of a tuition fee reduction.

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International Studio Space Scholarship

All international students on the MA Fine Art or the MA Creative Practice will get a dedicated creative studio space.

International Progression Award

International fee paying students directly progressing from a Leeds Arts University BA (Hons) degree course to a Leeds Arts University Postgraduate course will qualify for a reduction of £1,750 from the advertised postgraduate fee.

Home Alumni Discount

Discounts are available to graduates of BA (Hons) or the Access to HE courses at Leeds Arts University directly progressing to a postgraduate course at the University. These discounts are as follows:

  • Full time postgraduate discount £1,000
  • Part time postgraduate discount £500 each year

Combined Work and Study

Many postgraduate students study part time, which means that you can work while studying to help cover the costs.

Employer Sponsorship

You may work for an employer who is prepared to help fund your postgraduate study as part of your staff training and development. Find out more at

Charities and Trust Funds

You may be able to get support from a charity or an educational trust fund. To find out call the Educational Grants Advisory Service on 020 7254 6251 to ask for a questionnaire. You can also search online at or at

Higher Education Hardship Fund

Once you have started your course and paid your fees, you may be eligible to apply for financial help from the Hardship Fund. This fund cannot be used for tuition fees. For more information about this fund please contact Student Finance at

Disabled Students’ Allowances

DSAs are grants to help students with disabilities, mental health conditions or learning difficulties meet the cost of specialist equipment and other related course costs. In order to be eligible, your course must be full time and last for a minimum of one year.

Part-time students are still eligible, providing you do not exceed twice the time period taken to complete an equivalent full-time course.

If you have extra costs as a result of attending your course because of a disability. You can get help for this through the following link or look on

Sponsored by an employer or other organisation?

If your fees are being paid by an employer, government or other organisation you should ideally make arrangements with them to provide payment prior to, or at the start of the academic year.

Where this is not possible you should provide a letter or purchase order from the sponsoring organisation which states the amount of the sponsorship and gives the name and address to which the invoice should be sent. Invoices are issued directly to sponsors and payment terms are 30 days from the invoice date. We would advise that you retain a copy of your sponsorship letters or purchase orders for your own records.

Please note: Instalment arrangements are not available to sponsors.