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University of Manchester scholarships and bursaries

Please note the bursary information provided on this webpage relates to students commencing their study in 2015. If you commenced your programme of study in any other year, please visit the Student Support website, where you will be able to access bursary information relevant to your year of entry.

More than a third of our students will receive cash bursaries of up to £3,000 per year and many will be offered even more generous support.

UK students are not required to submit an application for any of the University’s means-tested awards. We will automatically identify eligible students on the basis of the household income data provided by the Student Loans Company.

The Manchester Bursary

The Manchester Bursary is available to any UK student who is registered on an eligible* undergraduate degree course at The University of Manchester and who has had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance. This bursary is additional to the government package of maintenance grants.

*Students on NHS-funded programmes will not be able to access these awards due to their eligibility for NHS support. Students who hold a previous undergraduate degree will be considered for the Manchester Bursary in the same way as students undertaking a degree for the first time.

Residual household incomeCash bursary
Up to £17,000 £3,000
Between £17,001 and £25,000 £2,000
Between £25,001 and £35,000 £1,000

All cash bursaries will be paid in three instalments: 25% in December, 50% in February and 25% in April.

Foundation Year Bursaries

The University of Manchester is also offering generous financial support worth up to £5,000 for UK students enrolling in its foundation 'Year 0' programmes in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Life Sciences, Science and Engineering. With the aim of facilitating progression directly on to the relevant undergraduate course, these one-year programmes are designed to attract students who are from diverse educational backgrounds or who have unsuitable qualifications.

Residual household incomeCash bursary
Up to £17,000 £5,000
Between £17,001 and £25,000 £4,000
Between £25,001 and £35,000 £2,000

Undergraduate Access Scholarships

Undergraduate Access Scholarships of £1,000 per year will be awarded to UK students meeting either of the following criteria:

  • They have successfully applied for a place at The University of Manchester having completed the Manchester Access Programme (MAP) for local Year 12/Year 13 students;
  • They are under the age of 25 and are currently or have been in public care for a minimum of three months.

These awards are generously supported by our alumni community.

Financial support for year abroad/year in industry

We want to encourage students to take up opportunities to spend a year abroad or in structured industry placements. For UK students taking up such opportunities we will offer a cash bursary.

Support package for study-abroad year (Erasmus or not)

Household incomeFeeCash bursary
Up to £17,000 £1,350 £3,000
Between £17,001 and £25,000 £1,350 £2,000
Between £25,001 and £35,000 £1,350 £1,000

Study package for Erasmus work placement

Household incomeFeeCash bursary
Up to £17,000 £1,350 £1,350
Between £17,001 and £25,000 £1,350 £900
Between £25,001 and £35,000 £1,350 £450

Support package for industrial placement year

Household incomeFeeCash bursary
Up to £17,000 £1,800 £1,800
Between £17,001 and £25,000 £1,800 £1,200
Between £25,001 and £35,000 £1,800 £600

You should be aware that withdrawal from study or financial re-assessment midway through the academic year may affect your eligibility for University awards.