Funding for equivalent or lower qualifications (ELQs)

In 2007, the Government announced that it would begin to phase out funding for UK/EU students studying for a qualification that is equivalent to, or of a lower level than, one they already hold.

This decision is intended to prioritise funding to universities for students who are either entering higher education for the first time, or progressing to higher qualifications.

This means that, if you already hold a Master’s degree for example, but wish to study for another Masters's degree, you may no longer be entitled to pay the standard Home/EU fees.

The University continues to welcome applicants who may wish to return to university for an additional qualification. However, in response to the Government’s policy change, it is reviewing the fees for all postgraduate (full-time and part-time) students who hold an equivalent or lower level qualification.

The University will be charging higher fees to ELQ students entering the University between the 2009/10 session and 2014/15. 

  • Undergraduate: ELQ students will pay the standard Home/EU fee, but will not be eligible for scholarships
  • Postgraduate: ELQ fees will be as stated for Home/EU students plus a supplement of £1,750. Fees are listed in the postgraduate fee tables.

From September 2015, all new students for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be charged the standard Home/EU fees.

Find out more

Useful information about ELQs can be found on the following websites: 

Disclosure of ELQs 

Students are required to disclose details of all qualifications they hold at the point of application in order that a proper assessment of fee status can be made.

The University will take action to reclaim fees retrospectively from registered students who are undercharged, if such undercharging is the result of the applicant failing to provide complete or accurate qualifications data on which their fee status was based, or as a result of a failure of the applicant to disclose the ELQ status when asked to do so.

Exemptions from ELQ guidelines 

Some students are exempted from the withdrawal of funding by the Government for ELQs:

  • Those studying undergraduate programmes in medicine, dentistry, social work and nursing;
  • Those taking courses that lead to Qualified Teacher Status;
  • Those studying on a foundation year;
  • Those studying for a postgraduate research programme (MRes/MPhil/PhD);
  • Those students in receipt of the Disabled Student’s Allowance (DSA).

Page last updated: Wednesday 19 November 2014