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Funding for postgraduate taught students

Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme – HEFCE funding for master's courses

The University of Manchester is offering a large number of scholarships for postgraduate taught master's courses, each worth £10,000 in funding, to UK and EU students who will be starting at The University of Manchester in 2015.

The Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, which is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative, is aimed at widening access to master's courses by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups.

In order to take advantage of this fantastic funding opportunity you must meet the following criteria. You should:

  • be progressing from an undergraduate course at any UK university for which you have been paying the higher tuition fee applied since 2012/13;
  • be an offer holder for an eligible master’s course (more information is to follow on eligible master’s courses);
  • not already be qualified at master’s level or higher;
  • be domiciled in the UK or EU and eligible to pay fees at the home rate;
  • be from a group that is evidentially underrepresented among our master’s population. 

You have until 5pm on Friday, 22 May 2015 to submit your application for the scheme. 

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.

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

Please note that this competition has now closed. Successful candidates will be notified by email and letter from Monday, 13 April 2015.

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


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.

HEFCE logo on a blue background

HEFCE Scholarships worth £10,000 in funding, are available to UK and EU students who will be starting at The University of Manchester in 2015

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