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Funding for postgraduate taught students

Master's funding calendar 2015

Important dates and deadlines for Master's students wishing to apply for funding. The calendar includes deadlines for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Masters funding and School bursaries funding as well as dates of the next Master's open days and postgraduate welcome week.

Master's Scholarships and Awards

A number of bursaries will be available for 2015/16. These are set at Home/EU fees level and will be available to all applicants offered a place on a Master’s programme in The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, on a competitive basis.

Students wishing to apply for these awards must first complete the University of Manchester postgraduate admissions application form and supply supporting references, and any statements required, plus an academic transcript by Monday, 2 February 2015

Students must then submit the funding application form by the deadline of Monday, 2 March 2015. This form (which includes further guidance on the application process) can be found below:

Some subject areas may have their own additional funding. All funding applicants will automatically be considered for these, where applicable, so no separate form is required.

Successful candidates will be notified by email and letter from Monday, 13 April 2015.

Research Council Funding for Master's students

Candidates must also submit a NWCDTP Funding Application to by Friday, 13 February 2015 (5pm) in order to be considered.

The AHRC-funded North West Consortium Doctoral Training Programme is now advertising a limited amount of Master's funding available to outstanding students planning to undertake a PhD following the completion of their Master's.

To apply for an award, candidates must have applied for a place on a programme at one of the seven NWCDTP institutions by Friday, 23 January 2015.

Candidates must also submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by Friday, 13 February 2015 (5pm) in order to be considered.

Further information can be found on the NWCDTP 'how to apply' page

New Alumni Loyalty Bursary scheme for 2015

If you are an undergraduate at The University of Manchester and plan to start a postgraduate taught programme in the Faculty of Humanities in September 2015, you may be eligible for this bursary.

What's on offer?

£3,000 reduction on fees paid directly to the University at the start of the course or over two years for part-time students.

Eligibility criteria

Available to The University of Manchester graduates who have received a first class honours degree enrolling on a Faculty of Humanities mater's programme starting in September 2015. Students applying will need to apply within three years of receiving their degree. The bursary is available for international, EU and home students who will study full-time, part-time or by distance learning.

Next steps

If you are considering studying in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and would like further details about this bursary scheme, please get in touch with Andy Rigg in Postgraduate Admissions by emailing

Widening participation support

Five awards to support students in difficult financial circumstances will be available this year. Further details to be posted on this page shortly.


Different funding schemes have different deadlines for application so please check each individual scheme. For most schemes you must have been offered a place before applying for funding, please therefore apply to your chosen programme ahead of the required deadline if you are also intending to apply for funding.

University Place behind some piles of coins

Master's Scholarships and Awards are now available for 2015/16

Alumni Loyalty card

A new Alumni Loyalty Bursary Scheme is available for current students at The University of Manchester who are considering postgraduate study in September 2015