University of Manchester Master’s Bursary 2017, UK

Publish Date: Apr 28, 2017

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Manchester Master’s Bursary

The University of Manchester is offering 100 bursaries for master’s students, each worth £3,000 in funding, to UK and EU students who will be starting taught or research master’s courses in September 2017.

The bursaries are aimed at widening access to master’s courses by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups, so you will need to meet a number of criteria to be eligible for the award. Please note that we expect there to be more eligible applications than places, so meeting the criteria is no guarantee of an award.


The deadline is Wednesday, 31 May 2017. You can apply for the Manchester Master’s Bursary before you have an offer to study provided you have applied for a place on a master’s course at The University of Manchester. However, please note, if you do not have an offer by 31 May 2017 your application will not be considered.


You must meet all of the criteria below:

  • Eligible courses include LLM, MA, MEd, MBA, MEnt, MPhil, MRes, MSc, MSc by Research, MusM.
  • Courses can be studied full-time for one or two academic years or part-time for a maximum of two academic years.
  • You must be a home student paying home level tuition fees, and have been resident in the UK for at least three years prior to starting their undergraduate course for a purpose other than study.
  • You must not hold a master’s qualification or higher.
  • You must have commenced your undergraduate course since September 2012.
  • Intercalating medical students taking a master’s course are eligible to apply. Medical students should note that if they plan to intercalate and take a master’s course between Years 2 and 3, they will not be eligible for UG loans in Year 3. However, there will be no interruption to funding if they intercalate between Years 3 and 4, and they will be eligible for the postgraduate loan.

Ineligible courses include:

  • postgraduate certificates/diplomas (eg PGCert, PGDip, PGCE);
  • Integrated undergraduate master’s (eg MChem, MMath);
  • Master of Architecture (MArch);
  • doctoral degrees (eg PhD).

In addition:

  • If you are studying a distance learning course, you are not eligible.
  • If you are applying for deferred entry, you are not eligible.
  • You must not be receiving funding for your course from an employer, public funding body or be covered by an undergraduate loan (eg NHS, PGCE, integrated master’s).
  • You would not normally be in receipt of any other University of Manchester funding at postgraduate level, with the exception of a loyalty scholarship/bursary.

Widening participation criteria

You must meet at least one of the criteria below to be considered for the bursary:

  • You have been in public care for a minimum of three months since the age of 11.
  • You are from a low-income background evidenced by receipt of maintenance grant during undergraduate studies. Consideration will be given to the number of years that a maintenance grant was received and the amount awarded.
  • You come from one of the most deprived areas of the UK as indicated by ACORN and LPN data. This is based on home postcode before attending university. Check your eligibility by entering your postcode into our geo-demographic indicator finder.
  • You are/were in receipt of a Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) as part of their undergraduate studies or is receiving/received support from their undergraduate university’s disability office.

While not part of the bursary criteria, we encourage application from BAME students.

If you have faced challenging personal circumstances during your undergraduate studies or prior to entry, we encourage you to include this information in the relevant section of the application form. For example, you may have with caring responsibilities for another family member, or have asylum seeker/refugee status.

How to apply

All applications should be submitted using the online application form by the deadline of Wednesday, 31 May.

Depending on which criteria you meet, you may be asked to submit additional documents as supporting evidence. These must be submitted by Monday, 5 June, and could include:

  • if you have been in Local Authority care for at least 13 weeks, a letter from the Local Authority confirming this;
  • if you received a government maintenance grant during undergraduate study, a Student Finance notification of award letter confirming this;
  • if your home postcode on entry to undergraduate study met the relevant geo-demographic indicator, a Student Loan Company letter showing postcode on entry to undergraduate study;
  • if you received the Disabled Students’ Allowance, a Student Finance notification of award letter, and/or if you received from your undergraduate university’s disability office a letter confirming what support you received.

Please note that you cannot save and return to your application once started. If you close or refresh your browser the information you have entered will be lost. We advise that you gather all your supporting evidence before beginning to complete the online application form.

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