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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 2019. To give you an indication of when you can apply, last year the PGL application process opened in early June for applicants beginning postgraduate study that September.

This postgraduate student loan, up to £10,609, 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 the Government Response to the Consultation on Support for Postgraduate Study (PDF document, 226KB).

More information can be found on:

Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship of Academic Excellence - £2,000 for First Class undergraduates

The Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship of Academic Excellence offers tuition fee waivers worth £2,000 to high-achieving undergraduates from any UK University (excluding University of Manchester) with an offer to study a master's degree in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

Deadline

Applications are now open. The deadline for applications is Monday 29 July 2019

Please note that you must hold an offer from The University of Manchester for master's study in an eligible subject before you apply. 

Eligibility

To be considered for a scholarship:

  • Depending on whether you are a graduate or current undergraduate, you must hold (or expect to graduate this year with) a First Class Honours undergraduate degree from a UK university in a subject relevant to the master's course that you plan to study.
  • You must hold an offer for a master's course within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures commencing in September 2018.

Ineligible courses include:

  • postgraduate certificates/diplomas (eg PGCert, PGDip)
  • distance learning programmes.

Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2018 entry or are already in receipt of a full scholarship or bursary are ineligible to apply.

Value

£2,000 fee waiver

How to apply

All applications should be submitted before the deadline of Monday 30 July 2019.

Please note that you must hold an offer from The University of Manchester for master's study in an eligible subject before you apply. 

You should apply for your master's course in the usual way by submitting the standard online application form, including your personal statement and academic references.

If the application deadline for this scholarship falls before you receive your transcript, we are happy to take screenshots from your student portal on faith as we will be requesting copies of the final transcript in September before we apply the award.

To apply for the scholarship, simply email masalcfunding@manchester.ac.uk signalling confirmation of your application. Please attach the following:

  • An interim transcript (for example, screenshots wirth your name, module results and final classification if you are a current undergraduate)
  • Your official degree transcript (if you have already graduated) 

If you have any questions about your application or your eligibility, please contact masalcfunding@manchester.ac.uk.

Selection and shortlisting

Awards will be decided on the basis of academic excellence as demonstrated in final degree transcripts (applicants will be ranked by overall %) and by performance in modules demonstrating suitability for postgraduate study, such as a final year dissertation or project.

Timeline

  • From Monday 28 July 2019, applications will be reviewed and scholarships awarded accordingly.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 16 August 2019.
  • Awards will be applied in September following receipt of final transcripts.

Additional notes

  • Applications are open to eligible UK, EU and international graduates from a UK university.
  • Both part-time and full-time study options are eligible.
  • Awards cannot be deferred to a future academic year.
  • Students who amend their registration from a master's-level degree to postgraduate diploma or certificate will no longer be eligible.
  • Students who discontinue their studies will no longer be eligible for a scholarship.
  • Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis - eligibility does not guarantee an award.
  • Please note that graduates from The University of Manchester should instead apply for our dedicated Faculty of Humanities Alumni Loyalty Scholarship.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the scheme or your eligibility, please contact masalcfunding@manchester.ac.uk.

The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme

The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme 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.

Manchester Master's Bursary

Each year, the University offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.

Applicants need to meet a number of criteria to be eligible. Last year, there were more eligible applications than places, so meeting the criteria is no guarantee of an award.

For more information and how to apply/discover if you are eligible, please visit the Manchester Master's Bursary page on the main University website.

School awards

A number of bursaries will be available for 2019-20. 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 have applied for the master's programme by the funding deadline. 

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

The deadline for funding applications is 5pm Friday, 1 February 2019.

For University of Manchester fast-track offer-holders only: In order to be eligible for funding, you must submit references with a completed funding application. Please ensure that you have confirmation of an offer via the scheme by 18 January 2019, otherwise, you will need to complete an admissions application to be eligible for funding.

Submit your application

Please submit the completed funding application to MASALCfunding@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm Friday 1 February 2019.

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)

Unfortunately, the 1 + 3 funding competition provided by the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) is not running for 2019/20.

 

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

ESRC North West Social Science DTP (NWSSDTP) 1+3 Studentships in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2019-20

Type of award

  • Studentship

Managing departments

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Value

Subject to residential eligibility status, the award covers tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (the annual maintenance stipend for 2018-19 is £14,777), a research training support grant and an opportunity to apply for additional funding towards overseas fieldwork, difficult language training, overseas institutional visits and internships. An additional disability allowance can be provided where appropriate.

Students opting to study part-time will receive a pro-rata maintenance stipend. 

Specified use

Tuition fees, research expenses and living allowance, subject to eligibility.

Tenable period

Studentships are available for PGT students on a 1+3 basis (master's and doctoral study) for 12 - 24 months (part-time studentships are also available).

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

A number of awards are available on a competitive basis.

Funding provider

ESRC North West Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate taught
  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Arab World Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • History
  • Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics and English Language
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian and East European Studies
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Academic requirements

Please refer to our master's application guidance.

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to students from the UK and EU.

Other eligibility criteria

Please refer to the application guidance on the How to apply page of the NWSSDTP website.

Application procedure

How to apply

Please see the application guidance on the NWSSDTP website and submit the ESRC NWSSDTP application form, research proposal, academic transcripts and references to Mr Kevin Little, the Postgraduate Taught Coordinator at masalcfunding@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm GMT, Monday 4 February 2019Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

You must also submit your online application for a place on your chosen master's course AND your chosen PhD programme by Monday 14 January 2019. These should be complete applications comprising an application form and all necessary supporting documents.

Application form

Additional documentation

In addition to the application form, the following supporting documents are required:

  • Research proposal
  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • References

Selection criteria

Please see the NWSSDTP website.

Selection body

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and the NWSSDTP Studentship Committee.

Closing date

ESRC NWSSDTP applications must be submitted by 5pm GMT, Monday 4 February 2019.

Master’s and PhD programme applications must be submitted by Monday 14 January 2019.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to applicants no later than the end of March 2019. Due to the volume of applications, individual feedback will not be given.

Contact details for enquiries

Useful links

Equity and Merit Scholarships for international master's students

Equity and Merit Scholarships aim to assist talented but economically disadvantaged students from some of the world’s poorest countries. The scholarships are available for academically excellent professionals from Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. The eligible courses offered by HCRI are Humanitarianism and Conflict Response MA and International Disaster Management MSc.

Find out more on the main university website:

Subject-specific bursaries

Classics and Ancient History

Classics and Ancient History

Heywood and Victoria Scholarship

Applications are invited for the Heywood and Victoria Scholarship, which will offer £6500 towards fees for study of the MA in Classics and Ancient History (full time or part time).

For current University of Manchester applicants (or alumni within the past three years), this bursary can be combined with the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme (£3,000). More details.

How to apply

All applicants to the MA in Classics and Ancient History who apply to the School funding competition will also be considered for this scholarship (there is no separate application form for this specific award). Candidates wishing to accept the offer of a scholarship must, at the same time, accept the offer of a place.

Details of the The School funding competition and application form can be found under the School awards section.

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing department offers two bursaries, one each for:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction

Each award is worth £4,750.

All students who are offered a place are eligible, so there is no formal application process. The decision is based on the quality of the writing sample submitted in the application process and the award must be applied toward the tuition fees. Therefore, if you already have tuition fees awards worth more than £4,750, you will be ineligible for these bursaries.

The winners will be notified in May 2019.

 

 

 

Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI)

HCRI Global Citizenship bursaries

Applicants for the MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response and MSc International Disaster management are eligible to apply.

To apply for the bursary:

Terms and conditions

  • Amount: £9,500 (One year, full Home/EU fee).
  • Bursary: One bursary is available for the academic year 2019/20, to fund UK/EU fees, or partial payment for the overseas fee.
  • Application deadline: 31 May 2019 (23:59 BST).
  • Applicants may be of any nationality.
  • Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2019 entry, or who are already in receipt of a full scholarship or bursary, are ineligible to apply.
  • The bursary is only available to current University of Manchester undergraduate students and Project Trust returned volunteers.

HCRI taught master's bursaries

Deadline for application - Friday, 1 February 2019, 5pm (UK/BST)

The HCRI department is offering a full-fee bursary (set at Home/EU Fees) for students commencing their studies in September 2019.

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

  • MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
  • MSc International Disaster Management

Amount: £9,500 (1-year, full Home/EU fee)

To apply for the bursary:

Equity and Merit Scholarship Programme for International Students

The MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response and MSc International Disaster management are eligible and listed for this scholarship programme. For more information, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/international/equity-merit-scholarships/. You can email equityandmerit@manchester.ac.uk with any enquiries.

Timeline for applications for 2019/20 scholarships

November 2018 Contact Ethiopia applicants
Early-December 2018 Interviews* in Rwanda 
Mid-December 2018 Contact Tanzania applicants
January–February 2019 Interviews* in Ethiopia
Mid-February 2019 Contact Uganda applicants
February-March 2019 Interviews* in Tanzania
March–April 2019 Interviews* in Uganda
Early May 209 Contact online MPH applicants
June 2019 Results announced
September 2019 Start of academic year

* Interviews are for candidates for the full-time scholarships. There is a separate selection process for online candidates.

Conditions of any HCRI Bursary Award

As a Bursary Award Holder we request that you agree to:

  • Having your profile (name, programme of study, photograph, statement) made available on the HCRI webpage and other University communication channels.
  • Providing a small blog entry for each module you complete.
  • Engaging with requests for video testimonials during your course which will be included in the HCRI website via HCRI’s YouTube channel, and possibly other University communication channels.
  • Writing a testimonial at the end of your course.

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

Deadline for application - Sunday, 15 September 2019, 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 2019);
  • 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 an 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 2019 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

Bursaries for the postgraduate certificate in Global Health (PG Cert)

Deadline for application - Friday, 26 July 2019, 11.59pm (UK/BST-GMT)

For 2019/20 two bursaries are available, to fund the PG Cert tuition fee. The HCRI PGCert Global Health Bursary 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 2019 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:

  • 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 the course to enable HCRI/IFRC to measure the impact of the bursary award.

Medieval and Early Modern Studies

The Christiaan van Hoorn Master's Scholarships in Medieval and/or Early Modern Studies

Thanks to the generosity of a Manchester alumnus, the School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures is able to offer two bursaries of £10,000 each for study on the MA in Medieval and Early Modern Studies in 2019-20. For Home/EU students, this bursary will cover the total cost of fees (£9,500), and provide a small maintenance payment of £500. For overseas applicants, the full £10,000 bursary will be deducted from the total cost of fees (£18,500).

The MA is taught by members of staff in the departments of Art History, English, History and languages, with many classes taking place in the sumptuous surrounds of the John Rylands Library on Deansgate, where students have the chance to work on original materials in the library’s extensive collections. For further information on the MA see the website of the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (https://www.mems.manchester.ac.uk/) and follow the links under ‘Study’.

How to apply

You should first apply for the master's course in the usual way by submitting the standard online application form to which you must add:

  • a short statement (no more than 500 words) about your interest in Medieval and/or Early Modern Studies, with an indication of any particular research areas you have pursued in the past and plan to pursue in the future. (For further guidance on this, please see the general guidance document.)
  • your degree transcript

If you have already have an offer to study the MA and wish to apply for the bursary, please email masalcfunding@manchester.ac.uk to indicate your intention. If you wish to send a revised short statement and/or your transcripts, you can attach it to this email. You can use the statement you originally submitted as the basis for a revised version.

Further inquiries can be addressed to the director of the MA, Prof. David Matthews (david.matthews@manchester.ac.uk).

Deadline

5pm, Friday, 1 February 2019.

Modern Languages and Cultures

The Winifred Margaret Dodd Borland Scholarship

Two scholarships of £10,000 are available to MA Modern Languages and Cultures applicants wishing to work on Spanish, Latin American or Russian topics.

For Home/EU applicants, this bursary will cover the total cost of fees (£9,500), and provide a small maintenance payment of £500.

For overseas applicants, the full £10,000 bursary will be deducted from the total cost of fees (£18,500).

To apply for the bursary, you will need to complete the following by 5pm (GMT) on Friday 30 August 2019:

  • submit the University of Manchester postgraduate admissions form (non-Fast Track applicants only), providing all necessary supporting material (including transcript and two references); and
  • submit a 500-word case for support by email to MASALCfunding@manchester.ac.uk.

See general guidance on how to write your case for support.

Music

MusM part-fee bursaries

For 2018 at least one part-fee bursary will be available to applicants to: MusM Musicology; MusM Ethnomusicology; MusM Composition (Electroacoustic Music and Interactive Media); and MusM Composition (Instrumental and Vocal music).

To apply for this bursary, you will need to complete the following by 5pm (GMT) on Friday, 2 February 2018:

  • a. submit the University of Manchester postgraduate admissions form (non-Fast Track applicants only), providing all necessary supporting material (including transcript and two references); and
  • b. submit the School's MA Funding Application Form (this is applicable to all applicants who wish to be considered for funding)

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

Find out more

Religions and Theology (Jewish Studies, Biblical Studies, Theological Studies in Philosophy and Ethics)

Religions and Theology subject-specific funding opportunities

Jewish Studies MA Fee Bursaries 

Two 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.

How to apply for the Jewish Studies MA Fee Bursary for 2019 entry

The final date for submission of the online application to the Religions and Theology MA programme and the MA Funding Application Form is 5pm on Friday 3 May 2019. Applications for the two fee bursaries are invited from 15 October 2018. The opportunity to apply will remain open until the two awards have been made. Candidates will be notified of a decision within 3 weeks of submitting their application. If you wish to confirm availability before applying, please write to laura.mitchell@manchester.ac.uk.

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

Details of the Jewish Studies MA Fee Bursary

This bursary can be combined with the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme (£3,000).

Bishop Lee MA tuition fees bursary (Biblical Studies)

The competition is open to all students who fulfil the formal criteria for the MA programme, offering £3,500 towards fees for the study of MA Religions and Theology (full time).

How to apply

The competition is open to students who apply for MA Religions and Theology with an intention to focus on Biblical Studies. This bursary will be awarded on the basis of a case for support in Biblical Studies (500 words). The case for support can be found here:

Deadline and length

  • Deadline: 3 March 2019
  • Length: 500 words

This bursary can be combined with the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme (£3,000).

To apply, applicants should attach their case for support to an email addressed to Dr Michael Hoelzl:

Informal enquiries may be also directed to Dr Michael Hoelzl.

Chadwick MA tuition fees bursary (Theology, Philosophy, Ethics)

The competition is open to all students who fulfil the formal criteria for the MA programme, offering £3,500 towards fees for the study of MA Religions and Theology (full time).

How to apply

This bursary will be awarded on the basis of a case for support in Theological Studies in Philosophy and Ethics (500 words). The competition is open to students who apply for MA Religions and Theology with an intention to focus on Religion and Politics, Theological aspects of contemporary Ethics or Philosophy of Religion in their MA dissertation. The case for support can be found here:

Essay deadline and length

  • Deadline: 3 March 2019
  • Length: 500 words

This bursary can be combined with the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme (£3,000).

To apply, applicants should attach their case for support to an email addressed to Dr Michael Hoelzl:

Informal enquiries may be also directed to Dr Michael Hoelzl.

Applications for the tuition fees bursaries are invited from 15 October 2018. The opportunity to apply after Friday 3rd March 2019 will remain open until the award has been made.