Fees and funding

Students can apply for bursaries, loans, awards, scholarships and funding to support your studies.

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.

International Excellence Scholarships

The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute is offering five scholarships of £3,000 per annum for well-qualified international undergraduate students. The awards will take the form of a scholarship against the tuition fees, which for September 2020 entry are £18,000 per annum.

These scholarships will be renewed for each year of full-time study at the University, up to a maximum of three years, and will be subject to your sustained academic performance (60% or over end-of-year average).

International Excellence Scholarships eligibility and selection

  • This scheme applies to the BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response at The University of Manchester.
  • Each scholarship will be awarded on the basis of a student demonstrating high performance (3.1 GPA or equivalent) in their final-year school examinations (or equivalent), the academic reference on their UCAS form, and the statement on their application form (see below).
  • To apply for the scholarship students must complete the online application form by 19 July 2020, including a statement of up to 250 words stating what benefits they feel they will bring to the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute.
  • Applicants must have accepted an offer of a place on the BSc International Disaster Management and Humanitarian Response as their firm choice by 19 July 2020, for entry in September 2021.
  • Applicants must have submitted their examination results to the Faculty by Friday 7 August 2020.
  • The scheme is not available for students deferring their place to 2021, deferring students will need to apply for a 2021/22 bursary.
  • Applicants will be contacted by 14 August 2020 to let them know if they have been successful in their application for the scholarship. Scholarships are conditional on applicants achieving the grades specified in their offer.

Eligibility

This Scholarship is open to International Students only.

Contact

For further advice and information email hcri@manchester.ac.uk.

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.

HCRI taught master's funding

Deadline for application - Monday, 3 February 2020, 5:00pm (UK/BST)

The HCRI department is offering a full-fee bursary (set at Home/EU Fees) for students commencing their studies in September 2020.

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

  • MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response
  • MSc International Disaster Management

Amount: £9,500 (1-year, full Home/EU fee)

To apply for the bursary:

HCRI taught master's advocacy bursary

Deadline for application: Friday, 29 May 2020 11.59pm (UK/BST).

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

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 to at evidence and findings from rigorous social science to influence change going forward.

Through application and interview students should be able to show how studying at HCRI will support their future plans whether that be staying in academic, working in policy, lobbying, or within an NGO. The bursary will be available for either of the following courses:

  • MA Humanitarianism and Conflict Response 
  • MSc International Disaster Management

Amount: £9,500 (1-year, full Home/EU fee)

Eligibility criteria

  • Applicants may be of any nationality.
  • Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2020 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 Advocacy Bursary form.
  • Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to an interview in Manchester.

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 - Friday, 31 July 2020, 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.

Amount: £2,100 (1-year)

Eligibility criteria:

Overview

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 2020);
  • 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 2020 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.

Global Health Bursaries

Bursaries for the postgraduate certificate in Global Health (PGCert)

For 2020/21 two bursaries are available to fund the PG Cert. These bursaries are intended to support those most in need and are awarded on a number of criteria, including reference, and the quality of the reflections in the applicant's personal statement.

HCRI PGCert Global Health Bursary:

  • Two awards available to fund PGCert in Global Health

Amount: £2,100

Deadline for application - Friday, 31 July 2020, 11.59pm (UK/BST)

Eligibility criteria:

  • This bursary is tenable for one year only.
  • Applicants may be of any nationality.
  • Candidates must have submitted an application for a place on the PGCert programme by the bursary application deadline.
  • Students who have already accepted full scholarships or bursaries for September 2020 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 PGCert 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 what the impact of the bursary would be. The personal statement should be submitted alongside the online application and other supporting documentation.

Conditions of any PGCert Bursary Award

Bursary 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.

Equity and Merit Scholarship

Applications now shut for 2020 entry - check back soon for details for 2021 applicants.

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.

Find out more about how to apply here

Research field trips funding

We also have bursaries available to cover some of the costs of our research field trips.

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.