Support for lower-income students   

At Manchester, we have several scholarships and bursaries to help you enter higher education. These include The Manchester Bursary, Foundation Year bursaries and Undergraduate Access Scholarships. 

You don't need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately, but you do need to consent to share your financial details with the University when applying to Student Finance England. The University’s Student Services Centre can then automatically identify who is eligible.   

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

We'll take all reasonable steps to maintain the value of the annual financial support packages available to you. However, subject to regulatory approval, the University reserves the right to reduce the value of this support if there is a reduction in tuition fees payable because of change in government policy.

Foundation year bursaries

Foundation years are 12-month introductory courses designed to help you develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence for a three-year undergraduate degree.  

If you’re a UK student enrolling on a foundation ‘Year 0’ programme in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biosciences, Science or Engineering, you may be offered up to £4,000 financial support. 

Annual household incomeAnnual cash bursary
£0 - £25,000 £4,000
Between £25,001 and £35,000 £2,000

Scholarships for Black British students 

The Cowrie Foundation Scholarships

The Cowrie Foundation Scholarships offer support to Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds in the UK. It covers:  

  • your tuition fees; 
  • a maintenance allowance of up to £8,000 for each year of your course. 
The Raheem Sterling Scholarships

The Raheem Sterling Scholarships will fund seven Black African or Caribbean heritage students from underrepresented backgrounds studying an undergraduate degree in the UK. It covers:  

  • your tuition fees; 
  • a maintenance allowance of up to £8,000 for each year of your course.

Sports Scholarship 

Our  Sports Scholarship offers an individualised and bespoke package to support your performance as well as sports memberships, specialist facilities and dedicated support, contributing to more than £9,000. 

It's open to prospective and current student-athletes on undergraduate or postgraduate courses.  

Support for care experienced and care leavers

The Sadler Bursary has been created to support care experienced and care leaver students overcome the financial barriers they may face when trying to access and succeed within higher education.

More about the bursary

Support for sanctuary seekers

We’re offering five undergraduate scholarships to support applicants who face barriers to higher education because of their immigration status.

More about these scholarships

Subject-specific scholarships

Find out more about the specific scholarships we have across our subjects and Faculties. 

Scholarships across the Faculties