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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 2018. 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 £10,280, 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 [new for 2018]

The Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship of Academic Excellence offers up to 100 fee waiver scholarships worth £2,000 each to high-achieving undergraduates from any UK University 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 30 July 2018

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.

Value

£2,000 fee waiver

How to apply

All applications should be submitted before the deadline of Monday 30 July 2018.

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 30 July 2018, applications will be reviewed and scholarships awarded accordingly.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 17 August 2018.
  • 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 2018-19. 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 2 February, 2018.

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 19 January, 2018, 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 2 February, 2018.

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 North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2018-19

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, maintenance stipend (the annual maintenance stipend rate for 2018-19 is £14,764) and opportunity to apply for additional funding towards fieldwork and conference costs. 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 expense and living allowance subject to eligibility.

Tenable period

Studentships are available on a 1+3 basis (master's and doctoral study). 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

AHRC North West Consortium 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:

  • Anthropology, Media and Performance
  • Arab World Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Art History and Visual Studies
  • Arts Management and Cultural Practices
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics and Ancient History
  • Drama (Film Studies)
  • East Asian Studies
  • English Literature, American Studies and Creative Writing
  • French Studies
  • German Studies
  • History
  • Institute for Cultural Practices
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Linguistics and English Language
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music
  • Religions and Theology
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies

Academic requirements

Please refer to the 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 NWCDTP website.

Application procedure

Eligible applicants must complete and submit the AHRC NWCDTP Application Form by 5pm GMT, Friday 9 February 2018.  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 Mr Kevin Little, Postgraduate Taught Coordinator at masalcfunding@manchester.ac.uk

You must also apply for a place on your chosen master's and PhD programmes by Monday 15 January 2018.

This is to ensure you hold an offer of a place by the time the NWCDTP committee make their selection, otherwise, you will not be included in the competition. 

Guidance on how to apply for your master's.

Guidance on how to apply for your PhD.

Application form

Additional documentation

Required documents:

  • AHRC NWCDTP application form
  • Research proposal
  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • References

Selection criteria

Please see the NWCDTP website

Selection body

The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures and the NWCDTP studentship committee.

Closing date

Deadline for master's and PhD Programme Applications: Monday 15 January 2018.

Deadline for AHRC NWCDTP Funding Applications: 5pm GMT, Friday 9 February 2018.

Decision date

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 10 April 2018

Contact details for enquiries

Useful links

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

ESRC North West Social Science DTP (NWSSDTP) PhD Studentships in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2018-19

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 £14,764), 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 on a 1+3 basis (master's and doctoral study). 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 the application guidance here:

Nationality restrictions

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

Other eligibility criteria

Please refer to How to apply

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, Postgraduate Taught Coordinator at masalcfunding@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm GMT, Monday 5 February 2018Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

You must also apply for a place on your chosen Master’s and PhD programmes by Monday 22 January 2018.

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 to Mr Kevin Little by 5pm GMT, Monday 5 February 2018.

Master’s and PhD programme applications must be submitted by Monday 22 January 2018.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to applicants no later than the end of March 2018. 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

Religions and Theology (Jewish Studies)

Religions and Theology subject-specific funding opportunities

For 2018, there will be four tuition fees bursaries available: the Bishop Lee MA tuition fees bursary, the Chadwick MA tuition fees bursary and two Jewish Studies MA fee bursaries.

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

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 13 July 2018 or until the bursaries have been awarded. We will begin selecting successful candidates from 5 February 2018.

Notification of Results: Successful candidates will be notified by the end of July 2018.

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

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 an essay in New Testament Studies. The competition is open to students who apply for MA Religions and Theology with an intention to focus on Biblical Studies demonstrating skill in the use of New Testament Greek in their MA dissertation.

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

Essay deadline and length

  • Deadline: 2 March 2018
  • Length: 3,000 words

To apply, applicants should submit their essay via email Dr Michael Hoelzl:

Informal enquiries may be also directed to Dr Michael Hoelzl.

Chadwick MA tuition fees bursary

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 an essay in Theological Studies in Philosophy and Ethics. The competition is open to students who apply for MA Religions and Theology with an intention to focus on Christian Theology demonstrating advanced knowledge in Practical Philosophy and Social Ethics in their MA dissertation.

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

Essay deadline and length

  • Deadline: 2 March 2018
  • Length: 3,000 words

To apply, applicants should submit their essay via email Dr Michael Hoelzl.

Informal enquiries may be also directed to Dr Michael Hoelzl.

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.

English Literature and American Studies - Godfrey Kearns Bursary

Godfrey Kearns Bursary competition

The Godfrey Kearns Bursary makes up to two awards of £250 to students enrolled on an MA in English Literature and American Studies who are writing MA dissertations on an American Studies topic. The monies can be used for travel to conduct research in the UK or United States, expenses connected with American Studies-related archival work, or for travel to a postgraduate workshop or event related to their dissertation topic. 

Applications should include two parts: an overview of no more than 400 words explaining the project and the purpose for which the monies are sought; and a basic budget outlining the costs. Students who receive the prize must use it by July 2018, and should submit a one-page blog report on completion.

Please email applications to Dr Eithne Quinn by 5pm GMT on 27 February 2018.

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 2018/19, to fund UK/EU fees, or partial payment for the overseas fee.
  • Application deadline: 31 May 2018 (23:59 BST).
  • Applicants may be of any nationality.
  • Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2018 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.

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 taught master's bursaries

Deadline for application - Friday, 2 February 2018, 5pm (UK/BST)

The HCRI department is offering a full-fee bursary (set at Home/EU Fees) for students commencing their studies in September 2018.

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.

2018/19 application timeline

1 October 2017 Applications from Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania open at 9am GMT.
31 October 2017 Applications close at 5pm GMT.
20 December 2017 Applications from Ethiopia open at 9am GMT.
31 January 2018 Applications from Ethiopia close at 5pm GMT. 
1 February 2018 Unsuccessful candidates from Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania notified. 
24 February 2018 Unsuccessful candidates from Ethiopia notified. 
February to June 2018 Interview period.
31 July 2018 List of successful scholarship recipients published on Facebook.

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, 27 July 2018, 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 2018);
  • 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 2018 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 Global Health Bursaries

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

Deadline for application - Friday, 28 July 2017, 11.59pm (UK/BST-GMT)

For 2017/18 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 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. 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 course to enable HCRI/IFRC to measure the impact of the bursary award.

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 (£18,000).

To apply for the bursary, you will need to complete the following by 5pm (GMT) on Friday 15 June 2018:

  • 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.

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