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Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme

This year we offered a number of postgraduate scholarships for full-time master's students beginning their studies in September 2014. The scheme has now closed and it is unlikely to be available in future years.

However, the scheme was launched as a pilot, the outcomes of which will help to shape the government's National Scholarship Programme, which we will anticipate will provide scholarship funding for PGT study in 2015/16 and beyond. Details of this funding, including eligibility criteria, are not yet available, but we'll publish them here once known.

The scheme was part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative aimed at widening access to postgraduate study and the professions, by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups.

We offered up to 50 scholarships of between £10,000 and £15,000, paid as a cash award.

Our scholarships are aimed at self-funding students from the UK/EU holding an offer of a place on a master's course beginning in September 2014. We welcomed applications from final-year undergraduate students as well as those who have already graduated. Applicants did not need to have studied their undergraduate degree at The University of Manchester to be eligible.


We are no longer accepting applications for this scheme. The scholarships were available to students applying to any academic School at The University of Manchester who satisfied the following criteria:

  • You have been offered a place to study on a one-year, full-time, taught postgraduate master's degree commencing in September 2014.
  • You hold, or expect to hold, a first or upper second class UK honours degree (or equivalent) by July 2014.
  • You are a UK/EU student who is eligible to pay fees at the home rate.
  • You meet one or more of the following criteria:
  1. You have been in local authority care for at least 13 weeks and will be under the age of 25 on the course start date.
  2. You received a maintenance grant from the UK government during your undergraduate study. Consideration will be given to the number of years that a maintenance grant was received, and weighting will be given to students in receipt of the maximum maintenance grant.
  3. Your post code on entry to undergraduate study met the geo-demographic indicator as defined by the HEFCE POLAR3 Low Participation Neighbourhood (LPN) data and ACORN information (a system that assigns specific geo-demographic profiles to individual UK postcodes).
  4. You received Disabled Students’ Allowances during your undergraduate study.
  5. You are from a group that is under-represented in a particular discipline or professional pathway – specifically women with an offer to study in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering or the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

We awarded scholarships on the basis of a holistic assessment of the above criteria, together with an assessment of under-represented groups in particular disciplines or professional pathways.

These scholarships were not open to students who:

  • already hold a qualification at master’s or doctoral level;
  • are applying for deferred entry;
  • hold an offer to study on a part-time basis;
  • registered for a master’s degree prior to September 2014 and are continuing their study;
  • hold an offer for a:
    • postgraduate certificate;
    • postgraduate diploma;
    • PGCE;
    • MPhil;
    • integrated master’s degree;
    • postgraduate research degree;
  • hold an offer for a course funded by another public body;
  • are having their tuition fees paid for by an employer;
  • are categorised as international for fee paying purposes.

Required evidence

To be considered for a scholarship, applicants needed to provide the following evidence for the criterion/criteria they wished to claim:

  • If claiming eligibility on care leaver grounds, local authority (or equivalent) confirmation of the dates spent in care.
  • If claiming eligibility on the grounds of receipt of a maintenance grant, a copy of the Student Finance Breakdown for the relevant years of undergraduate study.
  • If claiming eligibility on the grounds of postcode on entry to undergraduate study, Student Loans Company correspondence showing post code for the relevant year.
  • If claiming eligibility on the grounds of receipt of Disabled Students’ Allowances, Student Loans Company correspondence confirming Disabled Students’ Allowances entitlement.


  • Applicants must meet the criteria outlined to be considered for postgraduate scholarships.
  • Scholarships will be paid as cash bursaries in three instalments (25%, 50%, 25%) during the academic year 2014/15, with the first payment immediately after registration.
  • Scholarship awards cannot be deferred to a future academic year.
  • Students who interrupt or discontinue their studies will no longer be eligible for a scholarship and the University will discontinue payments.
  • Students who amend their registration from a master's level degree to postgraduate diploma or certificate will no longer be eligible for a scholarship and the University will discontinue payments.
  • The deadline for applications to be considered in the first tranche of applications was 5pm on Monday, 2 June 2014.
  • If all scholarships are not awarded from the first tranche of applications, late applications will be considered.*
  • Applications with incomplete supporting evidence will be set aside and considered as a late application (when complete).*
  • If an applicant is unable to provide acceptable evidence in support of their scholarship application, the application will be rejected.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide evidence in support of their scholarship application. The University will not seek out confirmation of eligibility for scholarships.
  • If the applicant is also eligible for a School or Faculty award, then the higher value award will be offered.
  • The University’s decision on all postgraduate scholarships is final, and appeals will not be considered.

*Due to the volume of applications received by the deadline, we were not considering late applications.