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Our course fees enable us to maintain the quality of a Manchester degree, invest in your wider student experience and offer a range of bursaries and discounts for students from less well-off backgrounds.

2018 entry

The tuition fee for full-time UK/EU undergraduate students has yet to be confirmed for 2018 entry. As a guide, the tuition fee for 2017 was £9,250. We expect tuition fees to rise in line with inflation for 2018 entry. Future inflationary increases based on RPIX* will also be applied to each subsequent year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. We will provide further information about such increases and confirmation of the 2018 fee level when this becomes available.

Eligible students will be able to borrow the full cost of tuition from the government in the form of a tuition fee loan. No UK/EU student will have to pay tuition fees up front. The tuition fee loan is not means-tested and is available to all eligible students.

Figures for tuition fees and the government maintenance loans for 2018 entry have not been confirmed by the UK government. Once these figures have been announced, student finance information will be updated on these pages.

*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI), excluding mortgage interest payments.

EU Students

EU students joining undergraduate courses in September 2018 will be charged the same fee as home students for the duration of their course. We hope that EU students are reassured by this commitment, but should you require any further assistance please contact us with your query.

Government maintenance support

Government maintenance support is available to UK students. Figures for the maintenance loan for 2018 entry have not yet been confirmed. The information provided here is based on circumstances for English-domiciled students and refers to the principles of the 2017 system, which we do not expect to change.  You can find student finance contact details for students domiciled elsewhere by looking at the student finance section of the UK government services and information website Gov.UK.

Maintenance loan

Government support for living costs is available to UK students in the form of the maintenance loan. The amount of support that students receive depends on an assessment of their level of household income by Student Finance England.

All eligible UK students can access repayable living support from the government. The amount of loan will vary depending on whether a student lives away from home, lives at home with their parents or studies at a university in London.

The University of Manchester support

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below.

Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. The Student Services Centre at Manchester will then be able to automatically identify students who are eligible for University support.

The University of Manchester bursaries are paid in three instalments – 25% in December, 50% in February and 25% in April.

The Manchester Bursary

The Manchester Bursary is available to UK students registered on an eligible** undergraduate degree course at Manchester and who have had a full financial assessment carried out by Student Finance England. This bursary is in addition to the government’s package of support. The Manchester Bursary is available to eligible students for the duration of their course, subject to a financial reassessment each year.

Residual annual household incomeAnnual cash bursary


£25,001–£35,000 £1,000

** Students are not eligible to receive the Manchester Bursary for any academic year in which they are eligible to receive NHS funding. 

Foundation Year Bursaries

The University of Manchester is also offering generous financial support worth up to £4,000 for UK students enrolling on its foundation 'Year 0' programmes in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy,  Biosciences, Science and Engineering. With the aim of facilitating progression directly onto the relevant undergraduate course, these one-year programmes are designed to attract students from diverse educational backgrounds or those without the appropriate qualifications.

Residual annual household incomeAnnual cash bursary


£25,001–£35,000 £2,000

Undergraduate Access Scholarships

The University’s Undergraduate Access Scholarships are generously funded by our alumni community and donors. These scholarships are in addition to any other bursaries students may receive from the University and are awarded as follows:

  • All students who have successfully completed the Manchester Access Programme and started an undergraduate course at the University will receive a £1,000 award in their first year. Students from households where the income is below £25,000 per year will receive the award for each year of their study.
  • Students under the age of 25 who have been in public care for a minimum of three months since the age of 11 will receive £1,000 a year throughout the duration of their undergraduate course.

Financial support for students on a year abroad/year in industry

We want to encourage UK students to take up opportunities to spend a year abroad or in structured industry placements. Information about our support package for UK students taking a year abroad/year in industry can be found below.

For students on a year abroad/year in industry there will be reduced fees for this additional year. Further information regarding the precise level of tuition fees will be made available nearer the time students are due to undertake the additional year of study.

Study programmeHousehold income criteriaAnnual cash bursary

Erasmus work placement

£0–£25,000 £1,500
£25,001–£35,000 £750
Study abroad (Erasmus or not) £0–£25,000 £2,000
£25,001–£35,000 £1,000
Work placement UK/abroad (non-Erasmus) £0–£25,000 £2,000
£25,001–£35,000 £1,000