Top reasons to choose us for postgraduate study
1. Access to postgraduate funding
Did you know you that postgraduate students can also apply for funding to support their studies? From research trips to conferences and events, the funding could really help add value to your studies.
You may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 (18/19) or a PhD loan of up to £25,000 from the Government. Please visit our postgraduate study loan page for more information.
20% Alumni discount
We offer our Alumni students a 20% discount on their course fees when studying a postgraduate programme with us. Please visit our alumni discount page for more information.
Scholarships and bursaries
We have a number of scholarships and bursaries that you could apply for if you are studying a postgraduate course with us. In some cases, such as for The International Scholarship, you could get support for your tuition fees, receiving up to 30% off your tuition fees over the duration of your course.
Our scholarships and bursaries available to postgraduate students:
- Chancellors Fund
- Dr Mike Daniel Research Degree Scholarship
- Sir Thomas White Charity Grant Funding
- Sir John Lowther Scholarship
- The International Scholarship
The funding available could go towards supporting your studies by funding research trips, conferences and events, research, training and volunteering. Each scholarship has it’s own eligibility criteria, therefore we recommend that you visit our Bursaries, Scholarships and awards page for more information.
2. World-leading research
By studying with us you will have the benefit of working alongside active researchers who are specialists in their field. Our staff and students undertake high-quality and impactful research projects across a broad range of disciplines, some of which has been officially recognised as ‘world-leading’, of ‘international excellence’ or ‘outstanding’ for their impact.
You can read about some of our recent research in our Research Review PDF that showcases the impact that our research is having at local, regional, national and international levels.
“In my role I visit universities all around the world and I have to say that the support and structures for research students and research supervisors at Northampton are some of the best I’ve seen.”
Hugh Kearns, international expert on researcher development, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.
3. Personalised support
We know that coming to university is a transition, whether you are studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, and we want you to be happy and comfortable with your studies and university life. We also know that you are competent students and independent learners, but it’s good to have people to help you when you need it. That’s why we provide you with support that’s tailored to your research area as well as a Personal Academic Tutor for all taught postgraduate programmes.
To help you find your feet, we have various specialist teams to support you, including:
- Student Information Desk
- Financial Guidance Team
- Counselling and Mental Health
- Residential Life Team
- Multi-Faith Chaplaincy
- Doctor’s Surgery
Additional Student Support and Inclusion Services Team (ASSIST)
Our Additional Student Support and Inclusion Services Team (ASSIST) works to promote equal opportunities and help students with disabilities to achieve their full potential.
Did you know that we are one of the UK’s leading Universities for employability? Consistently over the last four years 95% of our graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation. We are therefore committed to ensuring that, in addition to achieving a world class degree, all students develop a broader range of skills employers say make successful candidates stand out from the rest.
We not only offer a range of employability support to help you boost your skills and make you stand out to potential employers, but we also offer access to one-to-one business advice, mentoring, business skills training, access to funding opportunities and networking.
5. Become a qualified professional
Many industries look for candidates to have professional qualifications. We work with many professional bodies so that you have a head start when it comes to achieving professional qualifications. In the long run that can mean less studying and a higher salary earlier in your career.
To find out if your course of interest provides professional accreditation, please view all our postgraduate courses.
6. Gold standard teaching university
We are proud to have been given the Gold Award in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest rating possible.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has been introduced as the only official table which recognises high-quality teaching that better meets the needs of employers, business, industry and the professions, in addition to guiding students on the best places to study.
See our TEF Gold page to find out more about what studying at a TEF Gold institution means for you.