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 2023.

We hope to award five undergraduate social responsibility scholarships to UK/EU students and three undergraduate social responsibility scholarships to international students in 2023. 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 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.

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 underrepresentation of students of African and African Caribbean heritage in Law School. 

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

The Bursary offers successful applicants an annual cash bursary of £3,000 to support individuals who wish to progress to undergraduate study in September. 

Find out more on the School of Social Sciences website. 

Graham McKenna-Mayes Scholarship

The Graham McKenna-Mayes Scholarship is aimed at widening access for students applying to our Law and Earth and Environmental Sciences courses and seeks to support success and progression for underrepresented groups in higher education, particularly in the Greater Manchester area.

There are 17 awards of £2,000 per year up to Year 3 across the 2023/24 and 2024/25 academic year intakes. There'll be no separate application form as recipients for the award will be considered based on their UCAS application and achieved grades.

Successful candidates will be informed by Monday, 19 September 2023.

To be considered for these scholarships, you'll need to:

• be a UK/home student;

• meet the University's WP criteria;

• have an offer of study for an undergraduate-level course in Earth and Environmental Sciences or Law;

• have chosen Manchester as your firm choice;

• commit to contributing to outreach and recruitment activities.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering

The Beatrice Shilling Scholarship

This scholarship is open to UK fee-paying students who are women and who hold an offer to study an undergraduate engineering course for September 2023.

The subjects included are:

  • Aerospace Engineering;
  • Chemical Engineering;
  • Civil Engineering;
  • Computer Science;
  • Electrical, Electronic and Mechatronic Engineering;
  • Mechanical Engineering.

We’re offering 20 awards of £3,000 for the first year of study and a further £1,000 per year up to Year 4.

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

If you’re successful, you’ll be notified by the 7 April after an offer of study has been made. To accept this scholarship, you’ll be required to make the engineering course at Manchester your firm choice via UCAS. The scholarship will be confirmed once all offer conditions have been met.

To be considered for this scholarship, you need to:

  • be a woman (inclusive of trans women) / be assigned female at birth (such as AFAB non-binary);
  • have an offer of study for an undergraduate engineering course at The University of Manchester, commencing September 2023;
  • choose Manchester as your firm choice by the June UCAS deadline;
  • commit to contributing to outreach and recruitment activities, especially encouraging more women to study engineering;
  • achieve a minimum 60% average performance during each year of study.

Scholarships will be awarded to the highest-performing applicants or those with the highest potential to attain based on their UCAS application within each engineering discipline (at least two students per discipline).

Want to hear more? Listen to Maria, Daisy and Charlotte chatting to Prof Danielle George about women in engineering and the benefits this scholarship has brought them.

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 the UCAS application.

The awards are also available to students completing a foundation year.

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.

To be considered for this scholarship, you need to:

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

There is no separate application form. All UK students who hold 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.

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

Materials Science and Engineering

The Michael Bates Outreach Scholarship

The Michael Bates Outreach Scholarship is generously funded by 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. He was creative, entrepreneurial and industrious. After his studies, he had a great career in textiles.

He secured his first role at a clothing production factory in South Wales before moving on to roles in clothing sourcing that led him to work in Hong Kong, China and New Delhi. Later in his career, he returned to the UK and set up his business sourcing and designing clothing before moving into property development and management.

Michael sadly passed away in 2019. Michael’s family wanted to help outstanding students undertaking fashion and textile-related courses to thrive at Manchester just as Michael did, so they set up this scholarship in his memory. There is one scholarship available for 2023 entry of £2,000 per year for up to 4 years.

Courses eligible for the award are:

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

The award is open to UK students who meet widening participation criteria, and first preference will be given to students whose household income is £35,000 or less. Eligible students will then be ranked on academic merit.

Scholarship holders will receive the scholarship annually, subject to satisfactory academic progress and performance.

You don't need to apply for this scholarship; the award will be made based on your UCAS application.

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 a senior leader of the Department and an influential teacher to many students. Pat provided considerable support to Ted’s career, and they travelled extensively together. Ted formally retired in 1988, but they remained close friends of 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're:

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

Each recipient will receive an annual scholarship of £2,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study. Students within the Department of Materials are given preference in selection and allocation. No application process is required.

There are up to eight scholarships available for entry in September 2023.