Paying your Postgraduate tuition fees

It is important that you have funding in place before commencing your course. If you have not yet made arrangements for paying your tuition fees, or are still undecided, please see the available options below.

Postgraduate Loan Overview

Postgraduate Loans (PGL) of up to £10,609 are available for students who enrol onto a full (180 credit) postgraduate course.

  • A non-means tested loan up to a maximum of £10,609 will be made available to students applying for a full Masters courses commencing in the 2018-2019  academic year
  • The loan will be paid directly to the student, into a UK bank account
  • Online applications for 18/19 are due to open in June 2018
  • The loan will be available to students across all discipline subject areas for all full-time, part-time and distance learning* Masters programmes
  • The SLC cannot release loan funds before your course start date

*Part-time and Distance Learning courses must be completed within a maximum of two years and payments will be paid 50% in year 1 and 50% in year 2.

Further information and eligibility criteria for Postgraduate Loans can be found on the HE Info website.

These loans are a contribution towards the costs associated with completing a Postgraduate Masters course and can be used towards tuition fees or living costs as you decide. The loan is non means tested and will be paid directly to you, rather than the University.

As the loan is not sufficient to cover both your tuition fees and living costs, it is important that you have further funding available in addition to the loan, to ensure you can cover all your costs before starting your course.

Payment arrangements for students with a PGL

As your PGL will be paid directly to your in 3 equal installments, payment of your tuition fee will also be due in 3 equal installments each of which will fall immediately after the loan funds are released to your bank account. In order for the University to collect these fees automatically, you are required to register a Credit/Debit card prior to enrolment. Information on fees, card registration and payment dates will be sent to you after your loan application has been approved.

Please note your PG loan funds will not be released to you until the University has confirmed your full enrolment to the SLC.

Payment options for self-funding students

Your payment options are as follows:

  • Pay in full before enrolment*
  • Set up a payment plan (25% deposit before enrolment followed by seven monthly instalments)

If you are paying in full, you can pay on our secure online e-payments system. At ‘Payment Type’ select ‘Advance Payment’. Visit our finances page to pay by bank transfer.

*Students studying a full 180 credit Masters Course who opt to pay in full before enrolment will be eligible for £500 fee discount. If you studied your undergraduate course at the University of Northampton you will be eligible for a 20% graduate discount on a full Masters course. Only one fee discount can be applied.

Instalment payments are available for fees in excess of £1,000 as shown in the table below. You will be able to request instalment payments at the pre-enrolment stage. Admissions will email you to tell you when you can pre-enrol – usually three or four weeks before your course starts. Payment plans must be set up via our online portal – the link will be emailed to you once you indicate you wish to pay by this method or you can request this in advance by calling 01604 892236.

Payment is by debit card or credit card only (all major cards except Diners and American Express). Once your payment plan is set up it will take 25% of your fee followed by instalments as below.

It is not possible to make instalment payments online or by bank transfer. Please do not make payments by any method other than the link that we will send to you.

Course Inital Payment Payment Dates
MBA, MA, MSc September Starts 25% of full annual fee before enrolment Balance in seven equal instalments between 1 November 2018 and 1 May 2019
MBA, MA, MSc January/February Starts 25% of full annual fee before enrolment Balance in seven equal instalments bewteen 1 March 2019 and 1 September 2019
MBA, MA, MSc May Starts 25% of full annual fee before enrolment Balance in seven equal instalments between 1 July 2019 and 1 January 2020

Procedure for employer sponsorship

Please provide a sponsor letter (on company headed paper) or a purchase order by the deadlines below to avoid any unnecessary delays to your enrolment.

September starts 9 September 2018
January or February starts 9  January 2019
May starts 28 April 2019

This can be uploaded at pre-enrolment stage or emailed to

After you have completed your enrolment an invoice will be raised and sent to your employer with 28 day settlement terms.

Get in Touch with Tuition Fee Enquiries

Telephone Email
01604 892236 or 01604 892782



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