Costs, funding your studies and postgraduate loans
You can choose to pay your course fees in 9 instalments by direct debit or receive a 2% discount by paying in a lump sum.
Students fund their studies by:
- Taking out a postgraduate Master’s loan
- Using savings
- Combining study with work
- Taking out a bank loan
Postgraduate Master’s loans
Students who are eligible and who are studying on a course designated by the government can access a postgraduate student loan of £10,280 which is paid directly to you at £3,427 per year for each of the three years of your course. Eligible students are those who are living in England and Wales, do not already have a Masters degree or PhD, and are aged 60 or under at the start of the course. Students who have completed a postgraduate diploma or certificate but not a Masters are eligible. You will apply via the student loan companies depending on where you live in the UK - Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales or Awards Agency Scotland.
Repayments start when you have completed the three years of study and your income has reached £21,00 per year - at which point you pay back at 6% of your income.
Disabled Students Allowance
If you have a disability, including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, you might be able to get Disabled Students’ Allowances. These don’t have to be paid back.
Financial help from your employer
If you are employed by an organisation such as the NHS and the nutrition course is related to your job, it is possible, though unusual, that you may be able to get your employer to sponsor you. It may help to present the idea as a business case, emphasising the benefits to them. In large companies, the human resources or training department may have information about any funding schemes. If your employer cannot provide funding, they may be willing to offer paid or unpaid study leave.
Our students have been creative about finding ways to help finance their studies. Some have approached family members for interest-free loans or released equity from their properties. Others take out a bank loan to help to fund the course.