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 for further information.

Social Sciences

Lemn Sissay Law Bursary

The Lemn Sissay Law bursary is aimed at widening access by removing barriers to Law School undergraduate courses. The bursaries seek to address the under-representation of students of African and African Caribbean heritage in the Law School. 

Bursary applications are open to all UK applicants of African or African Caribbean heritage from under-represented backgrounds. The Law School is particularly interested in supporting male applicants due to under-representation in the legal sector, as well as those living in Greater Manchester. 

The bursary offers successful applicants an annual cash bursary of £3,000. It is a means of supporting individuals who wish to progress to undergraduate students commencing their studies in September. 

For out more from the School of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Beatrice Shilling Scholarship

This scholarship is open to UK fee paying students who identify as female and are applying for an engineering subject at undergraduate level via UCAS. The engineering subjects included are: Aerospace Engineering; Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science; Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical, Electronic and Mechatronic Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering.

There are 20 awards of £3,000 for the first year of study and then £1,000 per year up to Year 4. At least half of the scholarships will be awarded to applicants who have a WP or WP+ flag and winners will be announced as soon as possible after A-level results have been published.

There will be no separate application form, as recipients for the award will be considered based on their UCAS application.

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

  • be a UK fee paying student applying for an Engineering subject who has identified as female during the UCAS application process;
  • annual payments are subject to a 60% average performance each year;
  • offer-holders should have chosen Manchester as firm choice by the main June UCAS deadline;
  • scholarships are awarded to the highest performing applicants within each Engineering discipline (at least two students per discipline);
  • scholarship candidates are expected to contribute to outreach activities, especially to encourage more females to study courses in engineering.

The Manchester Science and Engineering Excellence scholarships

The Excellence scholarships are open to all UK fee-paying students applying for undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Science and Engineering and will be considered based on their UCAS application.

The awards are available to students completing a foundation year as well as those joining all other degree courses registered in the Faculty.

There are 40 awards of £3,000 for the first year of study and then £1,000 per year up to Year 4, awarded to the highest performing applicants in each discipline who meet the WP or WP+ flag.

Winners will be announced after A-level results have been published.

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

  • be recognised as a UK resident and be paying home (UK) fees;
  • offer-holders should have chosen Manchester as their firm choice during the main UCAS cycle (exclusion applies for foundation year);
  • maintain a 60% average performance for each year of their degree and contribute to marketing activities to support future students.

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.

Payment will not be made during the Industrial Experience Year.

Black UK Students Scholarship

This scholarship is open to UK fee paying students applying for undergraduate study and is one award of a £9,250 fee waiver per year and a minimum stipend of £3,000 for up to four years.​ 

The categories of ethnicity for this scholarship are: Black African; Black Caribbean; Black Other; Mixed  White and Black Caribbean; Mixed White and Black African; or Other mixed background (to include Black African, Black Caribbean or Black Other).​ 

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

  • ensure they have made an application to Student Finance (England, Wales or NI) or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for tuition fee support and a maintenance loan;
  • have confirmation of receipt of full financial support for the 2022/23 academic year and have provided consent to share the information with the University to determine their eligibility for this scholarship;
  • be a UK fee paying undergraduate offer-holder who has accepted the University as their firm choice by the main UCAS deadline. 

The selection process will be aligned to Cowrie Scholarship principles – further details will be published on the website. 

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 2022.