Postgraduate Study in the UK Autumn 2016 - doors wide open
If you are thinking about postgraduate study in the UK, and are now uncertain what's happening after the EU referendum, we are here at Think Postgrad to tell you that the doors to postgraduate study in the UK this autumn are wide open, whatever your nationality.
Here are the key facts you need to know and the things you can be sure of:
1. UK students and International Students from outside the EU - nothing has changed for you in applying to postgraduate study or starting postgraduate study. Any arrangements you have will remain in place.
2. EU students - nothing will change immediately: the UK remains part of the EU for at least 2 more years, and possibly longer, depending on how long the negotiations take. So if you are applying for a one year masters degree, you will have completed it before the UK can possibly leave the EU, currently estimated to be in 2019.
The government have confirmed that the rules applying to EU nationals, or their family members, who are applying to study a course which starts in the 2017 to 2018 academic year and which attracts student support, are also unchanged. Student Finance England (SFE) will assess these applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide loans and/or grants in the normal way. More details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/funding-support-for-eu-students
3. The Postgraduate Loan applications are now open - if you are an English or EU student then you may well be eligible to apply - see our postgraduate loan Q and A. Do bookmark the page as any updates on the loans will be published here.
You can read the latest statement from the Student Loans Company statement regarding EU nationals who are currently in receipt of student loans here
4. UK universities welcome postgraduate students, including EU students - and in that respect too, nothing has changed . Following the referendum results, universities have been quick to issue statements reassuring EU students that they will find a warm welcome on arrival. The doors for postgraduate students remain wide open - to find out more about courses available to start your postgraduate masters courses in autumn 2016, have a look at our list of Masters courses which still have spaces, and read our articles on various aspects of postgraduate study to help you make up your mind.
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