Support from The University of Manchester

The University is committed to supporting eligible UK students from low-income households through our financial support packages (bursaries and scholarships).

You don't need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately, but should ensure that you consent to share your 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 who is 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 University will take all reasonable steps to maintain the value of the annual financial support packages available to students. However, subject to regulatory approval, the University reserves the right to reduce the value of this support, including for students who have deferred entry and those in the course of study, if there is a reduction in tuition fees payable by reason of change in government policy as a result of the Post-18 Review of Education and Funding. In the event of significant changes brought about by this review, the Office for Students provides the option for universities to review their access and participation plan and seek approval for a variation which could include a reduction in the level of financial support provided.

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 incomeAnnual 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 incomeAnnual 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 you 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.
  • As part of our enhanced support for students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 an Undergraduate Access Scholarship of £1,000 will also be awarded to students who are estranged from their families. This support is only in place for the academic year 2020/21 as part of the University’s Coronavirus Emergency Hardship Fund for students.

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. 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
£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.