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.

In the event of significant changes, 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 income Annual cash bursary
£0 to £25,000 £2,000
Between £25,001 and £35,000 £1,000

*Students won't be eligible to receive the Manchester Bursary in any given academic year in which they're entitled to NHS support, with the exception of Medicine and Dentistry students who receive a lower level of funding when they become eligible for NHS support beyond Year 4 of their academic programme.

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 £1,000 a year throughout the duration of their undergraduate course;
  • 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;
  • students under the age of 25 who have been estranged from their family for at least six months and have been studying without the support of a family network will receive £1,000 a year throughout the duration of their undergraduate course;
  • students receiving the Undergraduate Access Scholarship based on their experience of local authority care or estrangement will be asked to provide evidence of this in their first term at Manchester in order to receive the award;
  • students who complete the Manchester Access Programme and are care experienced or estranged from their families will receive £2,000-a-year of support. They will receive the UG Access Scholarship (MAP) and also the UG Access Scholarship (Care Experienced or Estranged).

Hear how Zain has benefitted from the Undergraduate Access Scholarship.

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

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 programme Household income criteria Annual cash bursary
Study abroad £0 to £25,000
£25,001 to £35,000
Work placement UK/abroad (non-Erasmus) £0 to £25,000
£25,001 to £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 bursary terms and conditions.

Cowrie Foundation Scholarship – 2022/23

The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) is offering a scholarship to support Black African and Caribbean heritage applicants from socio-economically under-represented backgrounds.

Applicants must be residents in the UK and commencing undergraduate study in the academic year 2022/2023.

The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation (CSF) will fund one hundred Black British students through UK universities in the next decade. More information can be found on The Cowrie Scholarship Foundation website.


The Scholarship will cover your home UK tuition fees and a maintenance stipend of up to £8,000 for each year of your course. It is tenable for the duration of your programme of study, subject to satisfactory progression. 

Eligibility and Criteria

You must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for this scholarship:

1. Identify as belonging to one of the following ethnic groups:

  • Black or Black British – Caribbean
  • Black or Black British – African
  • Mixed - White and Black Caribbean
  • Mixed - White and Black African
  • Another Black background

2. Have firmly accepted an offer of a place by the relevant UCAS deadline on your first undergraduate full-time degree programme at The University of Manchester, commencing study in the 2022/2023 academic year.

3. Have been assessed for fee status as a 'home' student.

4. Have a household income of £25,000 per annum or less. 

5. Made an application to your regional student funding authority for income assessed UK government financial support for higher education students. The regional student funding authorities are Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland and the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

They will provide confirmation that you are in receipt of full financial support for the 2022/2023 academic year (please be sure you have given consent to share the information with the University, as this information will be used to determine eligibility).  


The application process for the scholarship is now open and the deadline for applications is Monday, 2 May (5pm). 

Please complete this application form to apply. 

As part of the application process, we'd like you to submit a personal statement of between 600 and 900 words explaining:

1. Why the scholarship would be beneficial to your studies

2. How it would help you to achieve your academic goals 

3. How your education would be of future benefit to your community and/or society 

4. What achievements, academically and personally, are you most proud of? This could include overcoming a challenging personal circumstance. There is no right or wrong answer, we are keen to hear your personal story. 

Please prepare this offline and upload the statement using the 'Choose File' button in question 17.

For further information about scholarships for Black UK students within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, visit our Subject-specific Scholarships page.

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.