Postgraduate students

Postgraduate Master's student finance applications for academic year 2021 to 2022 are now open! Apply online now!

What type of student are you?

Where you're from and where you live also helps determine what kinds of funding you can get. Read both the options and decide which one applies to you.

  • Northern Ireland student

    Northern Ireland students or 'NI students' are not just students from Northern Ireland. Your nationality is important but is not the only consideration. You're an NI student if you're any of the following:

    • a UK or Irish Citizen and been living in UK & Islands for 3 years before the first day of the first year of your course
    • have been granted settled status and been living in UK & Islands for 3 years before the first day of the first year of your course
    • have been granted settled or pre-settled status under the EU settlement scheme and been living in UK & Islands for 3 years before the first day of the first year of your course

    All of the above you will also need to live in Northern Ireland on or before the first day of the first academic year of your course.

    You can also have an eligible exception residency type such as a refugee, stateless person or humanitarian protection.

    If you're not able to identify as a Northern Ireland student you may still be eligible for funding as a European Union student.

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  • European Union student (including ROI)

    EU students are EU Nationals or family members of EU Nationals and all the following apply:

    • you are not able to identify as a Northern Ireland student
    • you have been granted pre-settled or settled status under the EU settlement scheme
    • you have lived in the UK, Gibraltar, EEA (including the Republic of Ireland) or Switzerland for at least 3 years before the first day of the first year of your course
    • you will be studying in Northern Ireland

    If you're not able to identify as either a Northern Ireland student or European Union student you may not be eligible for funding from Student Finance NI. Your university or college may be able to tell you about possible alternative sources of funding.

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