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

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.

Funded PhD Project: Feto-placental flow modelling from detailed vascular structural image analysis

  • PhD Project Title: Feto-placental flow modelling from detailed vascular structural image analysis
  • Project Supervisors: Dr E Johnstone, Dr P Brownbill (Institute of Human Development) & Prof OE Jensen (School of Mathematics)  
  • Eligibility: European/UK Students Only
  • Application Deadline: 26 November 2014

Project outline: Exchange of oxygen and nutrient between mother and fetus occurs within the placenta where maternal blood bathes placental villi, tree-like structures containing fetal capillaries. Abnormalities of placental villi are linked to pregnancy disease and alterations in fetoplacental blood flow may adversely affect fetal growth and development.  We have used microCT technology to provide a unique detailed structural image of the feto-placental vasculature. Mathematical, statistical and computational approaches are now needed to characterise the vessel network structure to assess the relationship between placental structure and blood flow efficiency at the whole-organ level. In this project, multi-scale mathematical models of the feto-placental circulation will be developed involving (a) statistical characterisation of fetal network structure, (b) network flow simulations within individual villous branches and (c) upscaling techniques to facilitate simulations of the coupled fetal and maternal circulations.  Models will be assessed against placentas from normal or abnormal pregnancies, using ex vivo perfusion analysis to determine areas of active feto-maternal exchange.

The successful candidate will be expected to have a strong background in applied mathematics, with a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject of at least upper second class standard; a masters-level qualification is preferred.  The candidate will be trained during the project in microCT image analysis techniques, placental vascular casting and perfusion experiments. In addition to undertaking mathematical and computational modelling, this will equip them with an excellent understanding of the underlying physiology and an appreciation of the challenges of data analysis and interpretation. They will gain direct experience of computational biology and interpretation of large datasets.

This 4-year full-time studentship is a PhD opportunity within the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC DTP) scheme at the University of Manchester. Funding provides full support for tuition fees, annual tax-free stipend at Research Council UK rates (currently £13,863 per annum) and conference/travel allowance. The project is due to commence October 2015 and is open to UK/EU nationals only due to the nature of the funding.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Oliver.Jensen@manchester.ac.uk
Please direct applications in the following format to Dr Ed Johnstone (edward.johnstone@manchester.ac.uk):

• Academic CV
• Official academic transcripts
• Contact details for two suitable referees
• A personal statement (750 words maximum) outlining your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date.

Any enquiries relating to the project and/or suitability should be directed to Dr Johnstone. Applications are invited up to and including 26 November 2014.

Further details on the MRC DTP scheme and the shortlisting/interview process can be found at www.mhs.manchester.ac.uk/mrcdtp  

• Chernyavsky, IL, Leach, L, Dryden, IL & Jensen, OE 2011  Transport in the placenta: homogenizing haemodynamics in a disordered medium. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. A 369, 4162-4182
• Junaid TO, Brownbill P, Chalmers N, Johnstone ED, Aplin JD. 2014 Fetoplacental vascular alterations associated with fetal growth restriction. Placenta 35:808-15

Other sources of funding:

President's Doctoral Scholar Awards 2014
International PhD
Other sources
  • President's Doctoral Scholar Awards 2014

    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 Engineering and Physical Sciences, PDS Award funding will be allocated to our most outstanding applicants seeking PhD training opportunities starting from September/October 2014. The Faculty aims to award at least 40 scholarships as part of the 2014 PhD recruitment round, which may include a number of collaborating schemes such as:

    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 £13,726 per annum (2013/14 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 £13,726 (2013/14 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.

  • 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 £13,726 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

    We will be offering up to 10 scholarships of £1500 across our MSc courses for the top students in the 2014/15 academic year

    Students who have a 1st class degree from Manchester University will receive a 10% fee discount.

    Students on Pure Maths or Applied Maths MSc programmes - those who graduated from Manchester University will receive a further £2000 bursary.

    Mexican students may be able to apply for funding via CONACyT. Please contact us for further information.


    MSc Applied Mathematics Funding

    We have 12 industrial bursaries to support students, of at least £2,500. This will also allow the student to work on a project of interest to the industrial sponsor. To apply for this funding, please indicate so by uploading a short statement with your application as to why you would like to carry out a research dissertation with an industrial partner.

    Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme - the MSc in Applied Mathematics is eligible for this scheme. Applicants wishing to apply for this bursary should visit the RAEng website for further details and application information.

    The NAG Prize in Numerical Analysis (value £750) is awarded to the student achieving the best performance in the numerical analysis modules.

    For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows*:

    MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £8,750
    International students (per annum): £14,500 
    MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,375
    International students (per annum): £7,250

    *For Actuarial Sci. and Mathematical Finance fees see their individual pages.

  • Other sources of funding

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