Funding your studies will be a crucial factor in your decision to apply for a postgraduate degree, so the earlier you consider your funding options, the better. Details of the postgraduate taught (PGT) funding opportunities for academic year 2012-2013 follow.
Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships
(Potential funding for prospective students of the School's MRes in Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies)
As part of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) established in 2011, The University of Manchester (along with the Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster) is pleased to be able to forward for the consideration of the NWDTC applications for ESRC 1+3 (1 year MRes + 3 years PhD study) Studentships to commence in 2012-2013.
Applications must be made to the School initially. The School will nominate its best candidates for the Faculty of Humanities of the University, with applications ultimately being considered by a selection committee of the whole NWDTC.
The awards cover the costs of University tuition fees, along with a full annual stipend (£13,590 for 2011-2012, which is not subject to income tax or National Insurance deductions). Students wishing to undertake research involving advanced quantitative methods may be eligible for a higher stipend (amount to be announced)
These studentships are for UK and EU applicants who fulfil residency requirements and who have a first class or upper second class degree or equivalent, as a minimum academic requirement.
A 1+3 studentship is divided into two connected parts: the undertaking of the Master of Research (MRes) programme in Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies in the first year, immediately followed by a three year doctoral research programme in the School.
All applications for an ESRC studentship to commence in academic year 2012-2013 must be received in the School by Friday, 23rd March 2012. Applications for PhD (1+3) study must have been made at least two weeks in advance of this deadline.
Applications must be made on the following ESRC Studentship application form. Please refer to guidelines produced by the ESRC as you complete the application form. Be aware especially that for this application, you need to include a research proposal of 1,500 words (you should already have submitted a proposal of 2,000 words for your PhD application, so what you include in the application for the ESRC Studentship will need to be a truncated version of this). The ESRC guidelines include a section to indicate what your research proposal of 1,500 words should include.
Candidates may be entitled to an enhanced Advanced Quantitative Methods (AQM) stipend. Please consult the ESRC's AQM guidelines to determine whether or not you think you would be eligible for this enhanced stipend. The guidelines indicate how to apply for the AQM stipend (by simply ticking a box on the ESRC Studentship application form above).
Candidates whose applications have been forwarded to the final stage of consideration will be informed of the outcome of their application a month or so later.
Studentships will be awarded under the ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) pathway of "Security, Conflict and Justice". Further details of this can be found on the NWDTC website.
Please contact Stephen Wadsworth from the School's Research Administration Office if you have any questions or concerns about applying for a 1+3 ESRC Studentship.
BURSARIES FOR INTERNATIONAL LL.M STUDENTS
For academic year 2012-2013, The School of Law is able to offer ten bursaries of £3,000 each to international applicants to the School's LL.M programme.
All international students who have accepted an offer of a place on the LL.M programme by the 30th of April 2012 will be considered for a bursary. The decision to award a bursary will be made purely on academic merit.
EU students are not eligible for these bursaries.
Any bursary awarded will be (and must be) used as a contribution towards the annual tuition fees for the programme.
Due to the number of applicants that will be eligible to receive one of these bursaries, we will not be able to contact all eligible students to inform them of the outcome. Therefore, only successful applicants will be informed of the bursary in May 2012. If you have not been contacted by the end of May 2012, you must assume that you have unfortunately not been awarded the bursary for academic year 2012-2013.
To be clear, there is no additional application form that you need to complete to be considered for one of these bursaries.
You must, as an overseas student, accept our offer of study to be eligible for a bursary.
If you have any questions or concerns with regard to these bursaries, then please contact Ms. Edita Kavaliauskaite from the School's Admissions Office.
Bursaries for Postgraduate Criminology Students
For academic year 2012-2013, The School of Law is able to offer one bursary of £2,000 to an international applicant and one bursary of £1,000 to a Home/EU applicant to be studying on one of the following postgraduate programmes:
- MRes in Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies
MA in Crime, Law & Society
All students who have accepted an offer of a place on one of these programmes by 30th June 2012 will be considered for the bursary. The decision to award the bursary will be made purely on academic merit.
The bursary will be (and must be) used as a contribution towards the annual tuition fees for the programme.
Due to the number of applicants that will be eligible to receive this bursary, we will not be able to contact all eligible students to inform them of the outcome. Therefore, if you have not been contacted by 20th July 2012, you must assume that you have unfortunately not been awarded the bursary for academic year 2012-2013.
To be clear, there is no additional application form that you need to complete to be considered for this bursary. All that you need to do is to accept our offer of study online, and once we have received that, then your application will be considered for the bursary.
School of Law Alumni Bursary Scheme
In this scheme, graduates of the Manchester School of Law – for postgraduate taught (PGT) study, usually from a previous undergraduate degree programme - who will be self-funding their postgraduate study will be eligible to receive a Loyalty discount towards their annual tuition fees when they register on a programme of further study in the School. Separate applications do not need to be made for these Alumni Bursaries – the information concerning previous study will be picked up from the application form for study received by the School, and the discount applied accordingly to tuition fees upon registration.
Other sources of funding
The sources of funding available vary for UK/EU and international students. Visit the University's postgraduate funding search webpage to find out more about the various sources of funding you may be eligible for.