International student funding advice

A good way for you to start exploring your master’s funding options is to ask staff in your subject area for advice on how previous international students have financed their studies.

You should also contact the ministry of education or education department along with the British Council office in your own country. The location of your nearest British Council office can be found on the British Council website.

Before you start your search for funding you should consider the following:

  • Funding opportunities are very competitive and are generally given to students that have achieved outstanding academic results and submitted high-quality applications.
  • The application process for funding opportunities can start very early in the admissions cycle, so you should start looking for funding opportunities 12 to 18 months before you intend studying.
  • If you need a visa to study in the UK you will need to prove to the immigration officer that you are able to meet both the tuition and living costs which may take the form of bank account information and/or a letter confirming sponsorship.

Our funding opportunities database contains details of the major international student award schemes offered by the British government and other organisations, as well as a number of awards offered by the University and its Faculties and Schools.

In addition, funded studentships attached to specific research projects are advertised in more detail on academic School websites. Some of these studentships are not available to international students, and you should check your eligibility before making an application.

Manchester Alumni Scholarship Schemes

Recent graduates who start a master’s course in the Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Science and Engineering or the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health from September 2018 onwards may be eligible for this scholarship.

GREAT Scholarships

In partnership with the British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign, we're offering postgraduate scholarships ranging in value from £10,000 to £14,625 for eligible students from twelve countries, including India and China.

Equity and Merit Scholarships

Equity and Merit Scholarships aim to assist talented but economically disadvantaged students from Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania.

Living Cost Support Fund

This fund awards small grants and loans to students facing financial hardship. Applications can be made all year round and submitted by any eligible students, regardless of study level or nationality.