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University of Manchester scholarships and bursaries

As one the country’s leading centres of research and learning, The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. If you have the talent and ability, we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here regardless of your financial circumstances.

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

Students who are eligible will be able to choose how they receive this support – either as a cash bursary or as discount on their fees or accommodation bill.

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 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 incomeAwardDetail
Up to £25,000 p.a. £3,000 in Year 1 £1,000 cash bursary and £2,000 fee or accommodation discount
£3,000 in subsequent years £3,000 cash bursary or a £3,000 fee discount or a split between them
Between £25,000 and £42,611 p.a. £2,000 each year £2,000 cash bursary or a £2,000 fee discount or a split between them

Students who opt to receive an accommodation discount can expect their instalments from January onwards to be reduced accordingly.

Students who opt to receive a tuition fee discount should still apply for the full amount of tuition fee loan from Student Finance. During the academic year we will notify Student Finance of the change in fee and the loan amount will be adjusted accordingly.

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

EU students are able to qualify for the fee discount element of the Manchester Bursary but will not have the option of an accommodation discount and will not receive a cash bursary. EU students who feel that their household income is less than £42,611 will need to request a financial assessment. They can do so by contacting funding@manchester.ac.uk.

National Scholarship Programme

The University of Manchester has decided that awards funded through the National Scholarship Programme will be identical in length, value and criteria to its own Manchester Bursary. As such, some students who are to be awarded the Manchester Bursary will be funded through the National Scholarship programme for Year 1 only. It will provide students with a household income of less than £25,000 with £3,000 in support.

For the 2013/14 academic year the University will receive government funding for 546 scholarships. Students are not required to apply for the awards; we will automatically assess students and all those who meet the eligibility criteria will be assigned either a University-funded Manchester Bursary or a government-funded National Scholarship Programme award.

The University is also investing in support for other specified students as follows:

Foundation Year Bursaries

The University of Manchester is also offering generous financial support worth up to £5,000 for students enrolling in its foundation 'Year 0' programmes in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Life Sciences, Science and Engineering. With the aim of facilitating progression directly onto 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 incomeAwardDetail
Up to £25,000 p.a. £5,000 £4,000 fee/accommodation discount and £1,000 cash bursary
Between £25,000 and £42,611 p.a. £4,000 £3,000 fee/accommodation discount and £1,000 cash bursary

EU students are able to qualify for the fee discount element of the Foundation Year Bursary but will not have the option of an accommodation discount and will not receive a cash bursary. EU students who feel that their household income is less than £42,611 will need to request a financial assessment. They can do so by contacting funding@manchester.ac.uk.

Opportunity Manchester Scholarships

Opportunity Manchester Scholarships of £1,000 per year will be awarded to 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.

Fee discounts for year abroad/year in industry

We want to encourage you to take up opportunities to spend a year abroad or in structured industry placements. For students taking up such opportunities we will offer to waive or significantly discount the tuition fee for those who are from less well-off backgrounds.

In addition, students spending a year studying abroad can expect to be considered for the cash element of the Manchester Bursary at 50% of the standard rate.

Support package for study-abroad year 

Household incomeFeeFee discountCash bursary
Up to £25,000 p.a. £1,350 £1,350 fee waiver

£1,500 

Between £25,000 and £42,611 p.a. £1,350  £675 fee discount

£1,000 

More than £42,611 p.a. £1,350 0 0

Support package for industrial placement year

Household incomeFeeFee discount
Up to £25,000 p.a. £1,800 £1,800 fee waiver
Between £25,000 and £42,611 p.a. £1,800 £900 fee discount
More than £42,611 p.a. £1,800 0

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