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Funding for postgraduate taught students

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC) has a number of postgraduate taught (PGT) bursaries and awards available for 2014/15.

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

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme: this scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative aimed at widening access to postgraduate study and the professions, by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups.

Full details on eligibility criteria and application process can be found on the postgraduate funding page of the main University site.

The deadline for completed scholarship applications is 5pm on Monday, 2 June 2014.

Masters Scholarships and Awards

A total of fifteen full-fee bursary awards are available for 2014/15. These are set at Home/EU fees level and will be available to all applicants offered a place on a Masters 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 an academic transcript by Friday, 14 February 2014.

Students must then submit the funding application form by the deadline of Monday, 3 March 2014. 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 1 April 2014.

Alumni Loyalty Awards

£1000 awards discounted from full fees are automatically available for University of Manchester alumni with first class degrees (or equivalent) from The University of Manchester who have graduated within the last 5 years. For further details contact

Widening Participation support - deadline 30 August 2014

Five awards of £1000 each will be available only to UK resident unconditional offer-holders who have not secured other sources of funding from the University totalling more than £5300. This support is intended to ease the burden for those on low incomes who have already budgeted for their tuition fees and are expected to start the course.

The process for applying is as follows:

You must submit your latest P60 along with a personal statement outlining your circumstances to by August 30th 2014.

All eligible UK residents with unconditional offers will be emailed a reminder of this award in the summer.

Your application will be dealt with sensitively and your information will not be shared with any third parties.

Research Council Funding for Masters students

The AHRC-funded North West Consortium Doctoral Training Programme is now advertising the application process for a limited amount of Masters funding, available to outstanding students planning to undertake a PhD following the completion of their Masters.

Candidates must have qualifications of the standard of an honours degree at first class level (or equivalent) and will hold an offer for a Masters programme at one of the seven Consortium Universities. The deadline for applications is Friday, 21 February 2014 – full details for application, eligibility criteria and application form on the NWCDTP how to apply page.

Some students – mainly those in economic and social history, certain kinds of cultural history and some areas of linguistics – may instead apply to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) North West Doctoral Training Centre. For further details on eligibility also ask your subject area Admissions Officer.


Different funding schemes have different deadlines for application so please check individual scheme. For most schemes you must have been offered a place before applying for funding, please apply to your chosen programme ahead of the deadline of 14 February 2014 if you are also intending to apply for funding.

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