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Master's scholarships and awards

A number of bursaries will be available for 2016/17. These are set at Home/EU fees level and will be available to all applicants applying for a place on a master's programme in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, on a competitive basis.

Postgraduate loans

In November 2015, the UK government confirmed that new Postgraduate Loans will be introduced for students commencing master’s courses in the 2016/17 academic year.

Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 a year will be available to taught and research master’s students.

School awards

Students wishing to apply for these awards must also complete The University of Manchester postgraduate admissions application. References and transcripts need only be submitted for either funding or the admissions application. University of Manchester undergraduates are reminded to accept a fast-track offer by 15 January 2016, otherwise you must also complete a standard application to the course by 1 February 2016. Those who have been fast-tracked do not need to complete the admissions application but do need to submit references with their funding application.

Please submit the completed funding application to or via post / in person to:

The Postgraduate Taught Office,
CG13, Ellen Wilkinson Building,
The University of Manchester,
Oxford Road,
Manchester M13 9PL

Some subject areas may have their own additional funding. All funding applicants will automatically be considered for these, where applicable.

The 2016 academic year will see the introduction of a new government loan scheme for postgraduate taught students. More details to follow.

Alumni Scholarship

The Faculty of Humanities Alumni Scholarship offers eligible applicants a £3,000 reduction on tuition fees.

It is a means of supporting our outstanding graduates who wish to progress to master's level study having completed their undergraduate degree with us.

Eligibility criteria

The scholarship is available to applicants to a School of Arts, Languages and Cultures master’s course who:

  • Are a University of Manchester graduate
  • Have received a first-class honours degree
  • Are applying within three years of receiving their degree
  • Are an international, EU or home student who will study full-time, part-time or by distance learning
  • Have accepted an offer of a place on a School of Arts, Languages and Cultures master's course by the end of June in the year their course starts

Automatically considered

You do not need to apply for this scholarship separately. You will be automatically considered on the basis of your application for the course.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be awarded the scholarship automatically, as long as you have accepted an offer of a place on a School of Arts, Languages and Cultures master's course by the end of June in the year your course starts.

Any scholarship awarded will be applied as a reduction in the annual tuition fee for the course, rather than as a cash payment.

Successful applicants will be informed of an award by the end of July in the year their course starts.

Research Council funding for master's students

The AHRC-funded North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership is now advertising 1+3 funding, which is available to outstanding applicants planning to undertake a PhD following the completion of their master's.

Candidates wishing to apply for these awards must also complete the University of Manchester postgraduate admissions application, by Friday, 22 January 2016.

Candidates must also submit a NWCDTP Funding Application by 12 February 2016 (5pm GMT) in order to be considered.

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

Student wearing a Manchester Made Me lanyard

A Faculty of Humanities Alumni Loyalty Scholarship is available for current students at The University of Manchester who are considering postgraduate study in September 2016