Fees and funding

Information regarding tuition fees is available from the Student Services Centre. If you are unsure which tuition fee you would need to pay please consult the guidance on Home/EU and International Fees and a Tuition Fee Assessment Form is also available if required.

If you need specific assistance concerning the tuition fee due for the course or programme that you intend to apply for, please contact the Student Services Centre on +44(0) 161 275 5000 and speak to the Fees Team directly.

The funding support available for postgraduate studies depends on several factors, including country of normal residence and chosen degree. Some of the principal sources of funding are explained below, along with links to other information sources.

In addition, PhD students may have the opportunity to help in teaching undergraduate examples classes, for which they are paid.

Postgraduate funding

Postgraduate Loan Scheme- UK and EU students

The latest information about postgraduate loans can be found at: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/uk-eu-student-advice/postgraduate-loans-pgl/


All projects listed on the PhD projects page are eligible for funding via scholarships from the School of Mathematics and/or the University of Manchester. These scholarships are awarded competitively amongst the eligible applicants by School or University postgraduate funding committees.

Members of staff regularly apply for research grants, and may therefore be able to offer funding for specific projects without requiring approval from committees. Such projects are listed on a separate page.


Other sources of funding:

President's Doctoral Scholar Awards 2018
International PhD
Other sources
  • President's Doctoral Scholar Awards 2018

    We have launched a further £2.5m investment in PhD training as part of of the President's Doctoral Scholar Awards (PDS Awards). These prestigious awards are open to all nationalities and research areas.

    Within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, PDS Award funding will be allocated to our most outstanding applicants seeking PhD training opportunities starting from September/October 2018. The Faculty aims to award at least 40 scholarships as part of the 2018 PhD recruitment round, which may include a number of collaborating schemes such as:

    • 2018 Faculty PhD Studentships (also called Dean's award)
    • BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Awards
    • EPSRC Doctoral Training Awards
    • Alumni 'Research Impact' Studentships

    For further information please see the EPS faculty website.

  • UK PhD students

    The arrangements for supporting postgraduate study are completely different from those for undergraduates. Typically, finance for grants comes from the Government, via the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) or via one of the other Research Councils. These grants are called studentships and are not means tested. Each research council studentship covers all course fees and provides a stipend for maintenance of £14,553 per annum (2017/18 figures). Studentships are initially awarded for three and a half years, subject to satisfactory progress.

    The financing of EPSRC doctoral training studentships is now administered by the Schools. In order to be awarded such a studentship an applicant will typically need to have a first class honours degree or possibly a good upper second. However applicants are advised to apply early because the School has certain additional funds available which make it possible to make definite offers to strong candidates in some cases prior to July. It is not necessary to make a separate application for these studentships. All UK students who apply for admission to a PhD programme in the School will automatically be considered for such funding. Applicants awarded EPSRC funds are required by EPSRC to satisfy certain formal UK/EU residence criteria.

    In addition to the above a few other special studentships are available, usually tied to a particular research project and these are advertised on a separate page. We also have a limited number of School Scholarships available to UK/EU students which cover all course fees and will provide a stipend for maintenance of £14,553 per annum (2017/18 figures). These scholarships are initially awarded for three and a half years, subject to satisfactory progress.

    Students who are not offered EPSRC or School funding but who still wish to study here may choose to support themselves. Many students choose to do this and support may be available from a variety of sources, for example by taking out a career development loan.

    Alternative funding sources are also available. The University recently renewed its subscription to The Alternative Guide to PG Funding to obtain the 2016-2017 publication. This published guide and online resource provides a comprehensive overview of how to find and apply to alternative sources of funding, particularly charities, that make awards to current and prospective postgraduate students.

    The UK government has confirmed that new doctoral loans will be available for those studying PhDs (and equivalent doctoral programmes) from 2018/19. The loan will be for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.  UK nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, will be eligible. The government is currently considering making EU students eligible. The loans will be available for all types of doctoral study (eg PhD, as well as all professional doctorates such as DBA, EdD), at all UK universities. Additional information will be published to this page once further information has been confirmed by the UK government. A summary of the main features of the loan is available on FindaPhD.com.

  • EU PhD students

    Students who are normally resident in the EU but not in the UK are eligible for EPSRC studentships as above (both PhD and MSc), but the awards in such cases at present only cover the course fees, not maintenance stipends, except where such a student has been residing in the UK for the previous 3 years. Application can be made simply by indicating EPSRC as a potential source of funding on your application for admission to the programme. For exceptionally strong PhD applicants the School may additionally offer a maintenance stipend.

    We also have a number of School Scholarships available to UK/EU students which cover all course fees and will provide a stipend for maintenance of around £14,553 per annum. These scholarships are initially awarded for three and a half years, subject to satisfactory progress.

  • International PhD students

    We have a number of Overseas School Scholarship Awards. These awards normally constitute the tuition fees and are awarded competitively. These scholarships are initially awarded for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. Please indicate on your application form if you wish to be considered for this funding.

  • MSc funding

    University of Manchester Alumni

    University of Manchester graduates who have or will acheive a 1st class bachelor degree will be eligible for a 10% fee discount. 

    University of Manchester Alumni who enrol onto our MSc Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Logic programme, MSc Applied Mathematics programme, or our MSc Actuarial Science (new for 2018 entry) will be eligible for a £2000 bursary. 

    Manchester Master's Bursary 

    The University’s Manchester Master’s Bursary offers 100 bursaries each year for master’s students, worth £3,000 in funding. See the 2018 bursary scheme webpage for more information.

    Postgraduate Loans 

    The latest information about loans can be found at: www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/uk-eu-student-advice/postgraduate-loans-pgl/  For 2017/18 entry the maximum loan available was £10,280.  


    MSc Applied Mathematics Funding

    We have a number of industrial bursaries to support students worth £3,000. This will also allow the student to work on a project of interest to the industrial sponsor. Successful applicants can apply for one of these bursaries after they have joined the programme in September. 

    In addition, annually we award the Thales prize in applied mathematics (worth £750) to the student achieving the best performance in the physical applied mathematics modules.


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