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.

New! PhD Studentship in New Modelling Approaches for Guided Wave Vibration Techniques Applied to Hidden Tamper Detection


The School of Mathematics invites applications for a 3.5-year funded PhD in continuum mechanics and modelling. The project is due to commence in September 2014 and is run jointly with an industrial partner. The studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees, research expenses and an annual tax-free stipend at UK Research Council rates (£13, 863pa in 2014/15). The studentship is open to UK nationals only and applicants must have 10 years of continuous residency within the UK.

Suppose that a container is constructed from a material of known properties. Furthermore we suppose that the container has been tampered with, by making a hole in a container wall, but that this hole has been repaired in such a way that there is no visual evidence to suggest its presence. By the application of a transducer to generate elastic waves, and the observation of the evolution/scattering of these waves, the aim is to (i) indicate that a container has been tampered with and (ii) indicate a location for the tampered area for further inspection. A longer term challenge for industry is to improve the container design and material properties such that tampering becomes more difficult to conceal. The scientific challenge lies in three main areas: (i) scattering prediction and analysis of existing experimental data, (ii) tamper modelling, and (iii) the enhancement of tamper detection by making informed choices regarding wave and material (container) properties.

The successful candidate will be based within the School of Mathematics, University of Manchester but will also be required to make regular visits the site of the industrial sponsor. The candidate will be expected to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of broadening training during their PhD, which will be provided via courses within the School and the Mathematics Access Grid (MAGIC).

Please use the usual procedure to applyand attach a CV to your application.  Make sure that you state the name of the project within the research proposal section, and mention Dr Richard Hewitt, Dr William Parnell or Dr Raphael Assier as potential supervisors.  If you already have an offer with the school and you are interested in this particular project, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Dr Richard Hewitt for further discussion. Deadline for applications is 30th July 2014.

CDT in Power Networks Studentships

CDT in Power Networks.

-          The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Power Networks will help ensure future networks support the electrification of energy with a particular emphasis on security of supply, economic affordability and the need for integrating intermittent low carbon sources.

-          To meet these challenges engineers, scientists, mathematicians, social scientists and business experts have been brought together to solve our problems in the design, operation and management of future power networks that deliver reliable, affordable and environmentally appropriate energy to all sections of society.

-          The CDT will develop graduates into highly trained engineers, scientists, economists and regulators with the skills to engage in research, design and development that will drive UK innovation and prosperity


For further information please click on our web link:



Postgraduate 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 this page when available. 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. 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

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

    New Award for Home/EU students

    The University of Manchester is offering a number of postgraduate scholarships for full-time master's students beginning their studies in September 2014.

    The scheme is part of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) initiative aimed at widening access to postgraduate study and the professions, by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups.

    The University of Manchester is offering up to 50 scholarships of between £10,000 and £15,000, paid as a cash award.

    Our scholarships are aimed at self-funding students from the UK/EU holding an offer of a place on a master's course beginning in September 2014. We welcome applications from final-year undergraduate students as well as those who have already graduated. You do not need to have studied your undergraduate degree at The University of Manchester to be eligible.

    To see if you are eligible, please go to: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/uk-eu-student-advice/pss/

    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

▲ Up to the top