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Part time Masters Loan Query

Hi,
I understand that the rules around this to be eligible for the masters loan say the course must be one of the below:

part-time, lasting 2 to 4 academic years - no more than twice the length of the equivalent full-time course

part-time for up to 3 years, where no equivalent full-time course exists


However I had a query around this.
Specifically these courses:

1.

MA Digital Technologies, Communication and Education (Online) at University of Manchester - 36 months - The full time version of this course is 1 year, but this is for the in person version. Would this still be the 'equivalent full-time course' even though the mode of study is different? The only option for online/distance learning is the 36 month version. If studied over 36 months would this be eligible? If not, if this was studied over 24 months online/distance learning part time, would this be eligible? Link: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/06954/ma-digital-technologies-communication-and-education/

2.

MSc Education Futures (Online Fusion) at University of Edinburgh - I assume only the 2 year part time version as eligible as the 1 year full time version would be the equivalent full time study, and so the 3 year part time would not be eligible? Link: https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degrees/index.php?r=site/view&edition=2024&id=1062

3.

MSc Digital Education (Online) at University of Edinburgh - Listed as 2-6 years part time intermittent study. This does not seem to have a full time equivalent, so if this was studied over 3 years would this be eligible?Link: https://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/degrees/index.php?r=site/view&edition=2024&id=106
on their student finance area of their website (https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/other-funding/pgl-eng) it claims this is not available for funding but I can't see how that aligns with the funding rules if it is studied over 3 years or less? Please could you clarify.


This would be for 2024-5 entry. I meet all other criteria for PG loans, it was more a question around modular/part time courses and length.
Thanks in advance.
(edited 1 month ago)
Hi catsarecool1,

The 1st course would not be eligible for funding as there is a 1 year full time equivalent version. If it is studied part time over 2 years it would be eligible.

For the 2nd course what you have said is correct.

For the 3rd course if there is no full time equivalent you can study it for up to 3 years.

Thanks,
Calum
Original post by Calum SLC
Hi catsarecool1,
The 1st course would not be eligible for funding as there is a 1 year full time equivalent version. If it is studied part time over 2 years it would be eligible.
For the 2nd course what you have said is correct.
For the 3rd course if there is no full time equivalent you can study it for up to 3 years.
Thanks,
Calum

Thanks for the response. So what they say on the Edinburgh Uni website is incorrect, as long as the course is studied over a maximum of 3 years?

For the Manchester one I currently hold an offer which states 36 months on it, would I need to ask them to change this to 24 months to be eligible for funding?
Hi catsarecool1,

If the course has no full time equivalent you can study it over a maximum of 3 years and receive funding.

Yes, if the course has a 1 year full time equivalent we cannot offer funding for you to study it over 3 years.

Thanks,
Calum

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