Subject-specific scholarships

There are a number of subject-specific scholarships available for undergraduates at The University of Manchester.

The Faculty of Humanities

Alliance Manchester Business School

Social Responsibility Scholarship

We hope to award the Social Responsibility Scholarship to incoming Alliance Manchester Business School students starting their studies in September 2021.

We hope to award five undergraduate social responsibility scholarships to UK/EU students and three undergraduate social responsibility scholarships to international students in 2021. These awards are worth £2,000 per year across three years of study (students will not receive the scholarship while on placement or exchange).

Eligibility criteria: UK/EU and international students achieving AAA at A-level (or equivalent) who are able to demonstrate a significant contribution and commitment to social responsibility. Successful applicants will be selected based on:

  • academic performance
  • a written application (maximum 1,000 words)

You can apply for a scholarship as soon as you have received your final results.

For more information on the application process, please visit the Alliance Manchester Business School.

Environment, Education and Development

School of Environment, Education and Development funding

We are committed to supporting the best students from all backgrounds to study our courses in Architecture, Geography, Environmental Management, Planning, Education and Educational Psychology.

We guarantee a £500 cash bursary to aspiring undergraduate students eligible for a reduced-grade contextual offer as a contribution to aid students with some of the costs of getting started at university.  

We are also offering a cash bursaries of £2,000 to high achieving pupils (AAA-AAB at A-level) on most of the above courses.

Students can be awarded both bursaries giving them a £2,500 cash bursary to support their studies here at Manchester. Find out more on our funding pages.

History and related subjects

The Elsie Farrar undergraduate bursary

This bursary is available to UK undergraduate students registered on a History undergraduate degree course, including History, Politics and Modern History, Modern History and Economics, History and Languages, History and Sociology).

There are ten awards of £1,000 available. Recipients will be selected based on household income data provided by the Student Loans Company.

Please email ug-hist@manchester.ac.uk for further information.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Manchester Science and Engineering Achievement scholarships

These scholarships are open to all UK fee paying students and will be considered based on application. The awards are open to Foundation Year students as well as those joining any other degree programme registered in the Faculty.

There are 30 awards of £1,000 per year for the first year of study, awarded to the highest performing applicants within each discipline. We aim to achieve equal allocation between those identifying as female and identifying as male during the application process and for students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Winners will be announced in the autumn, as soon as possible after registration.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Be recognised as a UK resident and paying home (UK) fees.
  • Offer holders should have chosen Manchester as firm choice by the May UCAS deadline.
  • Ensure they are fully registered with their Department on an undergraduate degree course as a new student.
  • There will be no separate application form. All UK students who are holding an offer of a place within the Faculty at The University of Manchester will be considered for a scholarship.

The Manchester Science and Engineering Excellence scholarships

These scholarships are open to all UK fee paying students and will be considered based on application. The awards are open to Foundation Year students as well as those joining any other degree programme registered in the Faculty.

There are 30 awards of £2,000 per year for the first year of study, awarded to the highest performing applicants who meet the WP or WP+ flag, within each discipline. We aim to achieve equal allocation between those identifying as female and identifying as male during the application process and for students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Winners will be announced in the autumn, as soon as possible after registration.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants should meet the following criteria: 

  • Recognised as a UK resident and paying home (UK) fees.
  • Offer holders should have chosen Manchester as firm choice by the May UCAS deadline.
  • Ensure they are fully registered with their Department on an undergraduate degree course as a new student.
  • There will be no separate application form. All UK students who are holding an offer of a place within the Faculty at The University of Manchester will be considered for a scholarship.

Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science

George Davis Memorial Scholarship for Academic Excellence

George Davis, the founder of Chemical Engineering as a subject, gave the first lectures in 1888 at Manchester Technical School, which later became The University of Manchester.

A number of these competitive awards will be made for the highest performing applicants applying to undergraduate courses in Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. The awards are only for the first year of study and are open to all UK fee paying students and will be considered based on application. Winners will be announced in the autumn, as soon as possible after registration.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants should meet the following criteria: 

  •  Be recognised as a UK resident and paying home (UK) fees.
  • Offer holders should have chosen Manchester as firm choice by the May UCAS deadline.
  • Ensure they are fully registered with their Department on an undergraduate degree course as a new student.
  • There will be no separate application form. All UK students who are holding an offer of a place within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at The University of Manchester will be considered for a scholarship.

Earth and Environmental Science

The William Boyd Dawkins Scholarships

The William Boyd Dawkins Scholarships at the Department of Earth and Environmental Science are open to all UK fee paying students and will be considered based on application. 

A number of competitive awards will be available for the first year of study, for the highest performing applicants applying to undergraduate courses in the Department. We aim to achieve equal allocation between those identifying as female and identifying as male during the application process and for students from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. Winners will be announced in the autumn, as soon as possible after registration. 

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants should meet the following criteria: 

  • Be recognised as a UK resident and paying home (UK) fees.
  • Offer-holders should have chosen Manchester as firm choice by the May UCAS deadline.
  • Ensure they are fully registered with their Department on an undergraduate degree course as a new student.
  • There will be no separate application form. All UK students who are holding an offer of a place within the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at The University of Manchester will be considered for a scholarship.

Electrical, Electronic and Mechatronic Engineering 

The Beatrice Shilling Scholarship

The Beatrice Shilling Scholarship is open to UK fee paying students that have identified as being female when applying to the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester via UCAS for undergraduate degree level study.

The award is a bursary of £1000 or £2000 payable during the first year of study. Applicants identified as with WP or WP+ will receive £2000. Winners will be announced in the autumn, as soon as possible after registration.

To be considered for this scholarship, applicants should meet the following criteria: 

  • Be recognised as a UK resident and paying home (UK) fees.
  • Offer holders should have chosen Manchester as firm choice by the May UCAS deadline.
  • Ensure they are fully registered with their Department on an undergraduate degree course as a new student.
  • Identify as female during the university application process.
  • There will be no separate application form. All UK students who are holding an offer of a place within the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Manchester will be considered for a scholarship.
  • Scholarship candidates are expected to contribute to outreach activities, especially to encourage more females to study courses in Engineering.

Fashion Business and Technology

Materials Science and Engineering

The Michael Bates Outreach Scholarship

The Michael Bates Outreach Scholarship has been generously funded by a gift from the Bowyer-Bates family, in memory of their son, Michael Bates (BSc Clothing Engineering, 1991).

As a student at Manchester, Michael thrived and graduated at the top of his class year. He was creative, entrepreneurial and industrious and, following his studies, went on to have a great career in textiles. He secured his first role at a clothing production factory in South Wales, before moving onto roles in clothing sourcing that led him to work in Hong Kong, China and New Delhi. Later on in his career, he returned to the UK and set up his own business for sourcing and designing clothing, before moving into Property Development and Management.

Michael sadly passed away in 2019. In his memory, Michael’s family wanted to help outstanding students undertaking fashion/textile related courses to thrive at Manchester as Michael did and, in early 2020, this scholarship (of £2,000 per year for up to 4 years) was set up.

Courses eligible for the award are:

  • Fashion Buying and Merchandising BSc
  • Fashion Management BSc
  • Fashion Marketing BSc
  • Fashion Technology BSc
  • Materials Science & Engineering with Textile Technology MEng

The award is open to home students (UK citizens) who meet widening participation criteria and first preference will be given to students whose household income has been assessed as less or equal to £35,000. Eligible students will then be ranked on academic merit.

Scholarship holders will receive the scholarship annually, subject to satisfactory academic progress and performance. The scholarship is awarded automatically – you do not need to apply for it.

Ted and Pat Smith scholarships

Ted and Pat Smith were warm friends of The University of Manchester. They married in March 1958 and Ted came to Manchester ten years later as a Professor of Metallurgy. During his 20 years of service, Ted was both a senior leader of the Department and an influential teacher to many undergraduates. Pat provided considerable support to Ted’s career and they travelled extensively together. Ted formally retired in 1988, but they remained close friends to the University throughout their lives. 

When Ted and Pat passed away, they left a legacy to the University to support undergraduates in engineering or science, and particularly wanted to help students studying in the field of materials. 

The scholarships

The Ted and Pat Smith scholarships are a merit-based award available to students who meet the following criteria: 

  • entering Year 1 of a science or engineering degree;
  • from WP backgrounds. 

Each recipient will receive an annual scholarship of £2,000 per annum for up to four years of undergraduate study. There's no application process for these scholarships, the selection and allocation are made by the Department of Materials with preference to students from the Department of Materials in the first instance. 

There are up to ten scholarships available for entry in September 2021.