As the UK begins its 'Brexit' negotiations with the EU, we've revised our popular FAQ for postgraduate students. We'll continue to expand this information as more details emerge, as well as providing regular updates via our newsletter.
We've also put together separate advice on postgraduate issues and the 2017 general election.
The UK has now triggered Article 50 and begun the process of leaving the EU. But what does this mean for students and particularly postgraduates?
We've updated our detailed Brexit FAQ for Masters and PhD students, addressing issues such as tuition fees, Research Council funding and Postgraduate Loans.
Yes. The UK will still be an EU member in 2017 and students from other European Union countries will be able to study here without a visa next year.
EU students will have the right to live and study in the UK without a visa until Brexit is complete. This isn't expected to happen until 2019.
You'll pay the same 'domestic' fees as a UK student. You won't pay higher international fees.
The exact cost of a Masters or PhD will still vary between courses. However, the price you pay will be the same as a UK student on the same course.
These guarantees apply until 2018-19, but may differ slightly between individual UK countries.
Your entitlement to postgraduate loan funding will last for the duration of your Masters, regardless of whether the UK leaves the EU in the meantime.
Possibly. The latest updates on the plans for £25,000 PhD loans suggest that EU students may be eligible. The Government will provide more information ahead of the 2018-19 academic year.
Yes. The UK Government has confirmed that Research Council studentships will continue to be available to EU students beginning a research degree in the 2017-18 or 2018-19 academic year.
As with other funding, this support will cover your entire course.
Yes. You won't need a student visa as an EU postgraduate next year. This means there will be no overall restrictions on your mode of study, or the duration of your degree.
Bear in mind that eligibility for funding and support may come with some restrictions. Masters loans in England, for example, are only available for part-time courses lasting up to four years.
Fee and funding guarantees apply for the duration of your degree programme.
Provided you begin your course by the end of the 2017-18 academic year (in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) or by the end of the 2018-19 academic year (in England) you will pay the same fees and be eligible for the same funding throughout your Masters or PhD.
This applies even if the UK leaves the EU whilst you are studying.
EU citizens currently have the right to live and work in the UK without restriction. This applies to graduates of Masters and PhD programmes along with other jobseekers.
If you complete your degree whilst Britain is still an EU member, you will be able to seek work as normal. However, your ongoing right to work in the UK will depend on the terms of the UK's 'Brexit' negotiations with the European Union. It is not yet clear what these will be.
Guarantees have been offered to EU citizens who are still studying in the UK after Brexit. These don't extend to EU workers, but it's possible that arrangements may be made for those who are already working in the UK and / or recent graduates.
More information will become available in future.
Students the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) share some of the same free-movement rights as those from the EU. The same also applies to students from Switzerland.
Some restrictions apply. EEA and Swiss students must normally be working in the UK, have sought work in the UK. Alternatively, they must have a family member who has worked or sought work in the UK.
Guarantees for EU students in 2017-18 do not specifically refer to EEA and Swiss nationals. More information may be available in future. In the meantime, you should confirm your fee and finance circumstances prior to your course.
Yes. The UK will continue to be an EU member until the Brexit negotiations are complete. This should apply until 2019, at least.
During this time you'll still be able to study abroad in the EU without a visa and should benefit from existing fee and funding arrangements.
Nothing, immediately. The UK will have full involvement in Erasmus+ funding and projects until it leaves the EU, as has been confirmed by both the Erasmus+ UK National Agency and the European Commission.
This means that UK and EU students will be able to study Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees, apply for an Erasmus+ Masters Loan or receive PhD funding through Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. Your eligibility for this support should last for the duration of your course.
All four UK countries have offered their own guarantees to EU students:
These guarantees apply to fees charged and funding offered within each UK country. Specific support systems may still have their own eligibility restrictions.