UK part time masters and moving abroad


Hello, I am from the UK and looking to study a part time 2 year masters remotley online. I am also looking to move abroad to Canada for those 2 years. I have recently been given information that student finance England will not fund me if I am living abroad during my masters. Was wondering if anyone has experienced the same and if there is anyway around this? Thanks so much for any information


One of the requirements for receiving the postgraduate loan from SFE is to be living in the UK for the whole duration of your course. The only way around it might be if you had a semester abroad as part of your course (but even then, that's not the whole duration). Otherwise, you'd have to self-fund.


Interesting. It's a new system now. After Brexit perhaps?


That's quite a predicament with Student Finance England! From my experience and what I've heard from others, it’s common for funding to be restricted if you're not residing in the UK during your studies.


Student Finance England does indeed have restrictions about funding if you're living abroad. What worked for me when I moved was maintaining a formal address in the UK while studying remotely. This way, I still qualified for their support, which was crucial for my finances during my masters.

Preparing for the relocation costs is also key. When I moved, I used this resource to gauge expenses:

It’s aimed at moves from the USA to the UK, but it helped me get a rough idea of what international moving expenses might look like, which was incredibly helpful in budgeting my move.