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Fees and funding

Postgraduate students can apply for bursaries, loans, awards, scholarships and funding to support their studies.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Postgraduate loans (PGL) are available to eligible applicants starting taught and research master’s courses in September 2016. If you’re thinking of coming to Manchester this year to begin your postgraduate study, you could qualify for a loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government.

This postgraduate student loan is:

  • a contribution towards the cost of study to be used towards tuition fees, maintenance costs or other costs;
  • non-means tested;
  • paid directly into a student’s UK bank account.

Further information on the PGL can be found by downloading:

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.

School awards

A number of bursaries will be available for 2017/18. 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.

Students wishing to apply for these awards must also complete The University of Manchester postgraduate admissions application.

References and transcripts need only be submitted once, either with the funding or admissions application.

The deadline for funding applications is 5pm Friday 03 February, 2017.

For University of Manchester fast-track offer-holders only: In order to be elgible for funding, you must submit references with a completed funding application. If you have not received an offer via the scheme by 16 January, 2017, you will also need to complete an admissions application.

Submit your application

Please submit the completed funding application to MASALCfunding@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm Friday 03 February, 2017.

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

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

AHRC Doctoral Studentships - North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)

The North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) brings together The University of Manchester, Keele University, Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan University, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the University of Salford.

The North West Consortium DTP is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC 1+3 Studentships for 2017-18.
Subject to satisfactory progress, these awards will provide:

  • Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate
  • An annual maintenance stipend of £14,296 (2016-17 rate)

Please note that all studentships are subject to confirmation by the AHRC.

Eligibility

Candidates must apply for a place on the programme on which they wish to study by Friday, 20 January 2017, in order to be eligible for funding from the AHRC NWCDTP. UK and EU students intending to take a Master’s in the School may be eligible to apply for support from the AHRC NWCDTP. The awards are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students.

Due to AHRC funding rules International students are not eligible to apply for these awards.

Application process

Eligible applicants must complete and submit the AHRC NWCDTP Application Form by 5pm GMT, Friday, 10 February 2017. Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition. The completed AHRC NWCDTP application form, together with your transcripts and references, must be submitted to: MASALCfunding@manchester.ac.uk

Please note that you must submit your online application for a place on your chosen Master’s programme by Friday, 20 January 2017.

Please also note that candidates must apply to only one of our institutions for NWCDTP funding.

Deadline for Master’s Programme Applications: Friday, 20 January 2017.

Deadline for AHRC NWCDTP Funding Applications: 5pm GMT, Friday, 10 February 2017. 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 13 April 2017 at the latest.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The University of Manchester is a member of the ESRC's North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). The NWSSDTP has one of the largest studentship allocations in the UK. UK and EU students intending to take an MA followed by a PhD (1+3) in the School may be eligible to apply for support from the ESRC.

Applicants working within various pathways are eligible for awards. The relevant pathways are:

All ESRC applications must be received by 5pm GMT, Friday, 3 February 2017. Please note that this is a strict deadline and applications received after 5pm will not be included in the competition.

Further information, including the application form, can be found here:

You must complete the ESRC application form and submit this, together with your transcripts and references, to: MASALCfunding@manchester.ac.uk

You will be informed of the outcome of your ESRC application by the end of March 2017.

Please note that you must submit your complete online application for a place on your chosen Master’s programme by Friday, 20 January 2017. This is to ensure you are in receipt of an offer of a place by the time the NWSSDTP committee make their selection. If you do not have an offer in place by the time the NWSSDTP committee meet, you will not be included in the competition.

Due to ESRC funding rules International students are not eligible to apply for these awards.

For further information on the areas applicable to the ESRC competition, please visit:

Development and Humanitarianism Pathway

Economic and Social History Pathway

Linguistics Pathway

Subject-specific bursaries

Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI)

HCRI taught master's bursaries

Deadline for application - Friday, 3 February 2017, 5pm (UK/BST)

The HCRI department is offering a full-fee bursary (set at Home/EU Fees) for students commencing their studies in September 2017.

There will be one bursary available for each of the following programmes:

  • MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
  • MSc International Disaster Management

Amount: £9,000 (1-year, full Home/EU fee)

To apply for the bursary:

HCRI bursary for Red Cross Red Crescent members - PG Cert in Global Health

HCRI bursary for Red Cross Red Crescent members - postgraduate certificate in Global Health (PG Cert)

Deadline for application - Friday, 16 June 2017, 11.59pm (UK/BST)

HCRI honours its partnership with the IFRC by offering a number of competitive bursaries to which only members of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies may apply.
These HCRI Bursaries are intended to match-fund the Movement staff development award.

Amount: £1,050 (1-year, half fee)

Eligibility criteria:

Overview

These bursaries are:

  • intended to support those most in need, and are awarded based on a number of criteria including reference, and the quality of the reflections in the applicant's personal statement;
  • tenable for one year only (commencing September 2017);
  • open to applicants of any nationality.

Criteria 1: The applicant must have submitted a complete application to the online Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health, including application form, tailored online reference, and personal statement. Entry requirements and application process details can be found here.

Criteria 2: The applicant must have successfully applied to, and be able to provide evidence of receipt of, the Movement's staff development award.

Criteria 3: The applicant must be a volunteer or staff member with the Movement (i.e. IFRC/ICRC/RCRC). A reference from an appropriate colleague within the Movement is not essential but would support your application.

Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2017 entry or are already in receipt of a full scholarship or bursary are ineligible to apply.

To apply for the bursary:

  • Applicants must complete the PG Cert admissions application process , including online admissions form, tailored reference, and personal statement
  • Applicants should state their interest in the award within the funding section of the online application form
  • Applicants must provide a personal statement of no more than 350 words detailing why they wish to study this course and what they think they will bring to it. Within their statement they should include details of any prior learning undertaken within a professional context, and the impact the bursary award would have on the applicant and their work in the Movement. The personal statement should be submitted alongside the online application and other supporting documentation

Conditions of any PG Cert Bursary Award

Bursary Award Holders have a commitment to:

  • agree to have their profile made available to donors (name, affiliation, photograph)
  • provide a blog entry for each module they complete
  • engage with requests for video testimonials if possible during their course
  • write a testimonial at the end of their course
  • provide feedback on completion of course to enable HCRI/IFRC to measure the impact of the bursary award.

HCRI Elys Roberts Scholarships – PG Cert in Global Health

Elys Roberts Scholarships – postgraduate certificate in Global Health (PG Cert)

Deadline for application - Friday, 16 June 2017, 11.59pm (UK/BST-GMT)

For 2016/17 a total of seven Elys Roberts Scholarships were available for available, to fund the PG Cert tuition fee and we expect a similar number to be available for 2017/18.

The Elys Roberts Scholarship is intended to support those most in need, and is awarded based on a number of criteria including reference, and the quality of the reflections in the applicant's personal statement.

Amount: £2,100

Eligibility criteria:

  • This bursary is tenable for one year only
  • Applicants may be of any nationality
  • Candidates must have submitted an application for a place on the PG Cert programme by the bursary application deadline
  • Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 20172016 entry or are already in receipt of a full scholarship or bursary are ineligible to apply

To apply for the bursary:

  • Applicants must complete the PG Cert admissions application process, including online admissions form, tailored reference, and personal statement
  • Applicants should state their interest in the award within the funding section of the online application form
  • Applicants must provide a personal statement of no more than 350 words detailing why they wish to study this course and what they think they will bring to it. Within their statement they should include details of any prior learning undertaken within a professional context. The personal statement should be submitted alongside the online application and other supporting documentation.

Conditions of any PG Cert Bursary Award

Bursary Award Holders have a commitment to:

  • agree to have their profile made available to donors (name, affiliation, photograph)
  • provide a blog entry for each module they complete
  • engage with requests for video testimonials if possible during their course
  • write a testimonial at the end of their course
  • provide feedback on completion of course to enable HCRI/IFRC to measure the impact of the bursary award.

Languages and Intercultural Studies

Languages and Intercultural Studies Taught Master's Bursary

For 2017, one award of £10,000 will be offered by Languages and Intercultural Studies (LIS) to an MA student (Home/EU or Overseas) in Linguistics or Translation Studies, with a focus upon French.

For Home/EU applicants this bursary will cover the total cost of fees (£9,000), plus a maintenance payment of £1,000.

For Overseas applicants the full £10,000 bursary will be deducted from the total cost of fees (£17,000).

To apply for the bursary, you will need to complete the following by 5pm (GMT) on Friday, 3 February 2017:

Students who apply through this process will be considered for both the School awards and this subject bursary.

 

Religions and Theology

Religions and Theology subject specific funding opportunities

For 2017 there will be one scholarship, one Prize and three full fees (EU/Home) bursaries subject specific in Religions and Theology available.

Jewish Studies MA fee bursaries

Three bursaries will be awarded each year on a competitive basis. There are no eligibility criteria based on nationality, but please note that the bursary is restricted to the maximum cost of home/EU fees.

Bishop Lee Greek Testament Prize - £3,150 for MA study in Religions and Theology (usually MA Biblical Studies)

How to apply for the Jewish Studies MA Fee Bursary

Application requirements: submission of the online application to the Religions and Theology MA programme and the MA Funding Application Form by 5pm on Friday, 3 February 2017.

University of Manchester undergraduates are reminded to accept a fast-track offer by 16 January, otherwise you must also complete a standard application to the programme by 3 February 2017.

Notification of Results: Successful candidates will be notified by the middle of March 2017.

For informal enquiries please contact Prof. Alex Samely: alex.samely@manchester.ac.uk

How to apply for the Bishop Lee Greek Testament Prize

Bishop Lee Greek Testament Prize - £3,150 for MA study in Religions and Theology (usually MA Biblical Studies)
This prize will be awarded on the basis of an essay submitted by students in Biblical studies with a focus on New Testament Greek. The competition is open to all students around the globe who intend to do an MA in Biblical Studies and fulfil the formal criteria for an MA programme at the University of Manchester: Religions and Theology (Biblical Studies).

Essay Deadline: 3 March 2017
Length: 6,000 words
Jury: Prof. George Brooke, Dr Michael Hoelzl

To apply, applicants should their essay via email to Maria Calderhead: maria.calderhead@manchester.ac.uk
Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Michael Hoelzl: michael.hoelzl@manchester.ac.uk