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Master's fees and funding

The School of Social Sciences offers a range of funding opportunities for students continuing their education with a taught postgraduate master's course.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Postgraduate loans (PGL) are available to eligible applicants starting taught and research master’s courses in September. If you’re thinking of coming to Manchester this year to begin your postgraduate study, you could qualify for a loan of up to £10,280 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:

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 you as an applicant to a School of Social Sciences master’s course if you:

  • are a University of Manchester graduate;
  • have received a first-class honours degree;
  • are applying within three years of receiving your 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 Social Sciences master's course by the end of June in the year the 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 Social Sciences 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.

If you are successful, you will be informed by the end of July in the year your course starts.

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.

Martin Burch Bursary for MA Political Science, Governance and Public Policy Pathway

What's on offer?

£1,000 for the 'best' application for the MA Political Science, Governance and Public Policy (research or standard route).

Eligibility criteria

Home/EU or international applications that are accepted to the course will automatically be considered.



Next steps

Apply online including a personal statement and two academic references supporting your application.

MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics (SRMS)

What's on offer?

Five MSc SRMS scholarships of £6,000 were available in 2017/2018 and information about any future scholarships for 2018/19 entry will be added here shortly. 

Eligibility criteria

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of academic excellence and potential, which will be judged on academic qualifications and performance and prior experience in social research methods and/or statistics. 



Next steps

Please submit a full online application (including two references, degree transcripts, CV and a one page outline indicating you are applying for the Social Statistics bursary, your interest in the degree and your relevant experience to date) via

Application enquiries: Email: