Support from The University of Manchester

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

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 the University will then be able to automatically identify students who are eligible for University of Manchester support.

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

The financial support package in this leaflet is only applicable to new, eligible students starting university in 2019.

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 cash bursary is additional to the Government 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 income Annual cash bursary
£0-£25,000 £2,000
Between £25,001 and £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 income  Annual cash bursary
£0-£25,000 £4,000
Between £25,001 and £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 programme Household income criteria Annual cash bursary
Erasmus work placement £0 - £25,000
£25,001 - £35,000
Study abroad (Erasmus or not) £0 - £25,000
£25,001 - £35,000
Work placement UK/abroad (non-Erasmus) £0 - £25,000
£25,001 - £35,000

When you apply to Student Finance England please ensure that you consent to share your financial details with the University. The Student Services Centre at Manchester will then be able to identify if you are eligible for University support.

You can find out more information about our bursaries by reading the following brief terms and conditions.

Financial support for sanctuary and asylum seekers

We currently offer five Article 26 Scholarships for undergraduate study and a tuition fee concession to asylum seekers.