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School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Fees and funding

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

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Postgraduate Master's loans are available to eligible applicants. To give you an indication of when you can apply, last year the application process opened in early June for applicants beginning postgraduate study that September.

This postgraduate student loan, up to £10,606, 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:

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
  • Are not in receipt of a School or Faculty award covering full tuition fees (unless otherwise stipulated by a particular School or Faculty award).

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 2020-21. 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 on Monday, 3 February 2020.

For University of Manchester fast-track offer-holders only: The funding application process is separate to the Fast-track scheme. Please ensure that you have confirmation of an offer via the scheme by 17 January 2020, otherwise, you will also need to complete a formal admissions application. Only your transcripts will be collected on your behalf. You must supply the references and a completed funding application form by 3 February 2020. 

Submit your application

Please submit the completed funding application to MASALCfunding@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm Monday, 3 February 2019.

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

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

ESRC North West Social Science DTP (NWSSDTP) 1+3 Studentships in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2020-21

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 2019-20 is £15,009), 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 3 February 2020Applications 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 13 January 2020. These should be complete applications comprising an application form and all necessary supporting documents.

Please note that when applying for the PhD you should indicate that it is part of your ESRC 1+3 funding application. 

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 3 February 2020.

Master’s and PhD programme applications must be submitted by Monday 13 January 2020.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to applicants no later than the end of March 2020. 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

The following awards were offered for 2019/20 entry and are for reference only until finalised for 2020/21. We expect the details will be updated and available here in December. 

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 advocacy bursary

Deadline for application: Friday, 29 May 2020 11.59pm (UK/BST).

The HCRI department is offering one full-fee bursary (set at Home/EU fees) for outstanding undergraduates from The University of Manchester who are able to demonstrate a strong interest in advocacy.

There will be on bursary available, eligible for either:

  • MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response 
  • MSc International Disaster management

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

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants may be of any nationality.
  • Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2020 entry are ineligible to apply.
  • The bursary is only available to current University of Manchester undergraduate students.

To apply for the bursary:

  • Please read the terms and conditions below to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria.
  • You should first apply for a place on your chosen course using the standard application form.
  • Then you will need to complete the HCRI Advocacy Bursary form.

HCRI taught master's bursaries

Deadline for application: Monday, 3 February 2020, 5pm (UK/BST)

The HCRI department is offering a full-fee bursary (set at Home/EU Fees) for students commencing their studies in September 2020.

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)

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants may be of any nationality.
  • Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2020 entry are ineligible to apply.

To apply for the bursary:

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

Deadline for application: Friday 31 July 2020, 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.

Amount: £2,100 (1-year fees)

Eligibility criteria:

  • 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;
  • only for volunteers or staff members with the Movement (i.e. IFRC/ICRC/RCRC);
  • tenable for one year only (commencing September 2020);
  • open to applicants of any nationality.

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 RCRC PGCert in Global Health bursary 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 how the impact the bursary award would have. The personal statement should be submitted alongside the online application and other supporting documentation.

Bursaries for PG Cert in Global Health

Deadline for application: Friday, 31 July 2020, 11.59pm (UK/BST)

For 2020/21 two bursaries are available to fund the PG Cert in Global Health. These bursaries are intended to support those most in need and are awarded on a number of criteria, including reference, and the quality of the reflections in the applicant's personal statement.

Amount: £2,100 (1-year fees)

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 2020 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 PG Cert in Global Health bursary 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 how the impact the bursary award would have. The personal statement should be submitted alongside the online application and other supporting documentation.

Modern Languages and Cultures

The Winifred Margaret Dodd Borland Scholarship

A scholarship of £10,000 is 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).

This Scholarship may be awarded alongside the Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme for UoM graduates or Postgraduate Scholarship of Academic Excellence for external students.

To apply for the bursary, you will need to complete the following by 5pm (GMT) on Thursday 30 April 2020:

  • submit the University of Manchester postgraduate admissions form*, 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.

*Fast-track students do not need to complete the admissions application form but must provide references and the 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

  • Details of the School funding competition and application form (link for the 2020 form will appear here soon)

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 

One bursary 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 UK/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 1 May  2020. The opportunity to apply is now open and will remain open until the award has 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:

MA Religions and Theology Case for Support

Deadline and length

  • Deadline: 1 May, 2020
  • 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:

michael.hoelzl@manchester.ac.uk

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: 1 May, 2020
  • 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 November 2019. The opportunity to apply from Friday 1 May 2020 will remain open until the award has been made.