Fees and funding

Undergraduate funding

As well as student loans to cover fees and maintenance, UK/EU students may also be entitled to a University bursary or scholarship.

Manchester Humanities International Excellence Scholarships

Manchester Humanities International Excellence Scholarships

This scholarship is open to applicants who hold an offer from Manchester for postgraduate (taught master's) programmes. For more information please go here.

Taught master's funding

As well as the Postgraduate Loan Scheme offered by the UK government to eligible UK/EU students, we offer a range of awards for both Home/EU and International students at master's level.

Applicants to HCRI who apply for School master's level funding will automatically be considered for HCRI bursaries.

Elys Roberts Scholarship - Global Health

Elys Roberts Scholarship - Global Health

Scholarships for the postgraduate certificate in Global Health (PGCert.

For February 2023, a scholarship is available to help fund studying a PG Cert in Global Health by distance learning. 

The purpose of the scholarship is to equip those who want to make an impact in Global Health and to support international humanitarian work. The scholarship is available to support those pursuing a career in Global Health, from or working in low/middle-income countries who might not otherwise have the means to study for a postgraduate qualification.


  • UK students (per annum): £3,500 p.a. (one year)
  • International, including EU, students (per annum): £7,000 p.a. (one year)

The closing date for applications is Monday 16th January 2023 11.59 pm (GMT). The course will commence on 6th February 2023.


We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate:

  • professional experience related to Global Health;
  • a clear idea of how the MSc in Global Health and studying at HCRI will benefit their career;
  • a clear passion around the subject of global health;
  • applicants are encouraged from the Global South and particularly Low- or Middle-Income Country (LMIC);
  • applicants are encouraged from the those working in LMIC contexts


  • Applicants who already have a masters level qualification are ineligible to apply.
  • Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2022 entry are ineligible to apply

How to apply

To apply for the scholarship, you will need to complete the following by Monday 16th January 2023 11.59 pm (GMT).

Conditions of any PGCert Scholarship Award

Scholarship Award Holders have a commitment to:

  • provide blog entries throughout their study;
  • engage with requests for video testimonials if possible during their course;
  • write a testimonial at the end of their course.

HCRI postgraduate bursary (volunteering theme)

Deadline for application: Monday, 20 May 2022 5.00pm (UK/BST).

The HCRI department is offering one full-fee bursary (set at Home fees) to current University of Manchester undergraduate students or Project Trust Returned Volunteers who are able to demonstrate a strong interest in volunteering.

In today’s society, we are seeing an increase in humanitarian crises driven by climate change and conflict.

That’s why now, more than ever it’s important that we have people with the skills, voice and academic evidence to address these problems and take action and influence change going forward. 

The bursary is aimed at those who want will apply their insight, first-hand experience and enthusiasm for volunteering with relevant organisations and networks to their studies at HCRI. 

Through application and interview students should be able to show how volunteering has influenced or is relevant to studying at HCRI and their vision of helping others through their future career.

  • MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response 
  • MSc International Disaster Management

Amount: £11,500 (1-year, full Home fee)

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants may be of any nationality.
  • Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2022 entry are ineligible to apply.
  • The bursary is only available to current University of Manchester undergraduate students.

How to apply

  • Please read the terms and conditions below to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria.
  • You should first apply for a place on your chosen course using the standard application form.
  • Then you will need to complete the HCRI Postgraduate Bursary form.
  • Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to an online interview.

HCRI taught master's funding

Deadline for application - Monday, 6 February 2023, 5:00pm (UK/BST)

The HCRI department is offering a full-fee bursary (set at UK Fees) for students commencing their studies in September 2023.

There will be one bursary available for each of the following programmes:

  • MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
  • MSc International Disaster Management

Amount: £11,500 (1-year, full UK fee)

To apply for the bursary:

HCRI bursary for Red Cross Red Crescent members - PG Cert in Global Health

HCRI bursary for Red Cross Red Crescent members - postgraduate certificate in Global Health (PG Cert)

Deadline for application - Wednesday 31st August 2022, 11.59pm (UK/BST)

HCRI honours its partnership with the IFRC by offering a number of competitive bursaries to which only members of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies may apply.


UK students (per annum): £3,500 p.a. (one year)

International, including EU, students (per annum): £7,000 p.a. (one year)

Eligibility criteria:


These bursaries are:

  • intended to support those most in need, and are awarded based on a number of criteria including reference, and the quality of the reflections in the applicant's personal statement;
  • tenable for one year only (commencing September 2022);
  • open to applicants of any nationality.

Criteria 1: The applicant must have submitted a complete application to the online Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health, including an application form, tailored online reference, and personal statement. Entry requirements and application process details can be found here.

Criteria 2: The applicant must be a volunteer or staff member with the Movement (i.e. IFRC/ICRC/RCRC). A reference from an appropriate colleague within the Movement is not essential but would support your application.

Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2022 entry or are already in receipt of a full scholarship or bursary are ineligible to apply.

To apply for the bursary:

  • Applicants must complete the PG Cert admissions application process, including online admissions form, tailored reference, and personal statement;
  • Applicants should state their interest in the award within the funding section of the online application form;
  • Applicants must provide a personal statement of no more than 350 words detailing why they wish to study this course and what they think they will bring to it.

Within their statement, they should include details of any prior learning undertaken within a professional context, and the impact the bursary award would have on the applicant and their work in the Movement. The personal statement should be submitted alongside the online application and other supporting documentation.

Equity and Merit Scholarship

The University of Manchester's Equity and Merit Scholarships are for international students from Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania, who have the potential to make a significant contribution to sustainable development in their home countries. The awards are intended for those who couldn't afford to study in Manchester without a scholarship.

We offer two types of scholarship:

  • Full-time, on-campus master’s (one-year duration)
  • Part-time distance learning master’s (three to five years' duration)

The scholarships cover full tuition fees, and for students who will be studying in Manchester, the award includes return international airfares, living expenses and visas.

The programmes at the Humanitarian and Conflict Response which are applicable are:

  • Global Health MSc (Distance Learning)
  • Humanitarianism and Conflict Response MA
  • International Disaster Management MSc

 Find out more about how to apply here

Research field trips funding

For current students, we also have bursaries available to cover some of the costs of our undergraduate and postgraduate research field trips up to £500 per student. These trips are to locations such as Uganda, Northern Ireland and India.

Postgraduate research funding

While you can apply for a PhD place at any time, if you wish to apply for funding for the upcoming academic year, you must have submitted your PhD and funding applications by early February. See the funding pages for annual deadlines:

Postgraduate 1+3 funding

Funding is available from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for students to pursue postgraduate study through a master's (one year) leading into a PhD (three years). This is referred to as a 1+3 programme. It requires a project proposal as part of the application. Information is available on the website of the North-West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership:

Funding for UK/EU applicants only

Applicants to HCRI are considered under the ‘Development and Humanitarianism in an Unequal World’ pathway of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Applying for an ESRC studentship requires you to complete a separate application to your main University application. Ideally, you should have or be expecting a Distinction at master's level. 

Funding for applicants of any nationality

HCRI offers two studentships for the PhD in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response, with stipends at UK Research Council rates. One of these may cover international fees.

Funding is also available through the School of Arts Languages and Culture Studentships and The University of Manchester’s Presidential Doctoral Competition. If you are an alumnus of The University of Manchester, you are also eligible for the Research Impact Scholarships. Further details of all the funding including how to apply, eligibility criteria and application deadlines can be found at:

If you are an international applicant, it is worth seeing what your own home country research councils offer or investigating Commonwealth Scholarship awards.