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Are graduates of an integrated masters course (MSci/MChem/MPhys etc.) eligible for a postgraduate loan for an MSc?
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I doubt it, the rules state you're not allowed to get funding if you already have a masters
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I doubt it, the rules state you're not allowed to get funding if you already have a masters
have you any experience of this yourself?
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have you any experience of this yourself?
No because i didn't do an intergrated masters and i start my postgrad in September. However both the Gov website and UCAS state:

"Please note, you can’t get a postgraduate loan for postgraduate level courses, such as PgCert (Postgraduate Certificate), PgDip (Postgraduate Diploma), or where the postgraduate course is funded by undergraduate student finance," (UCAS)

You won’t be able to get a Postgraduate Loan if: (GOV)
  • you’re already getting student finance for an undergraduate course in the same academic year
  • you already have a master’s degree, or a qualification that’s equivalent or higher


You already have a masters so no they won't fund another one
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From https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan/eligibility:

You won't be able to get a Postgraduate Loan if:

In that link I see that Integrated Master's are already at Master's level, so they make you ineligible.
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No because i didn't do an intergrated masters and i start my postgrad in September. However both the Gov website and UCAS state:

"Please note, you can’t get a postgraduate loan for postgraduate level courses, such as PgCert (Postgraduate Certificate), PgDip (Postgraduate Diploma), or where the postgraduate course is funded by undergraduate student finance," (UCAS)

You won’t be able to get a Postgraduate Loan if: (GOV)
  • you’re already getting student finance for an undergraduate course in the same academic year
  • you already have a master’s degree, or a qualification that’s equivalent or higher


You already have a masters so no they won't fund another one
But its not an equivalent qualification as it contains less credits than a masters course, and its not listed under "equivalent". Also you can get funding after postgrad certificates and diplomas so I'm still not 100%. but thanks for the help
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From https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan/eligibility:

You won't be able to get a Postgraduate Loan if:

In that link I see that Integrated Master's are already at Master's level, so they make you ineligible.
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But its not an equivalent qualification as it contains less credits than a masters course, and its not listed under "equivalent". Also you can get funding after postgrad certificates and diplomas so I'm still not 100%. but thanks for the help
Level 7 qualifications are:

  • integrated master’s degree, for example master of engineering (MEng)
  • level 7 award
  • level 7 certificate
  • level 7 diploma
  • level 7 NVQ
  • master’s degree, for example master of arts (MA), master of science (MSc)
  • postgraduate certificate
  • postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE)
  • postgraduate diploma

At least you have a masters, I have to fund my posgrad diploma on my own
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Level 7 qualifications are:

  • integrated master’s degree, for example master of engineering (MEng)
  • level 7 award
  • level 7 certificate
  • level 7 diploma
  • level 7 NVQ
  • master’s degree, for example master of arts (MA), master of science (MSc)
  • postgraduate certificate
  • postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE)
  • postgraduate diploma

At least you have a masters, I have to fund my posgrad diploma on my own
how come you aren't eligible for a loan?
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how come you aren't eligible for a loan?
Mine's a postgraduate diploma which isn't funded so i've gotta fund all the fees and living costs myself
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how come you aren't eligible for a loan?
Because you can only get a PG Loan for a full Masters, not a PGCert or PGDip (which are lower than a full Masters).

Not sure that policy makes much sense to me - there can't be many people doing them compared to full Masters qualifications. I suppose the line has to be drawn somewhere.
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