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School of Law

Master's funding

The information below is correct for the academic year of 2017-2018. Funding information for the academic 2018-2019 will be available early in 2018.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Postgraduate loans (PGL) are available to eligible applicants starting taught and research master’s courses in September 2017. If you’re thinking of coming to Manchester this year to begin your postgraduate study, you could qualify for a loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government.

This postgraduate student loan is:

  • a contribution towards the cost of study to be used towards tuition fees, maintenance costs or other costs;
  • non-means tested;
  • paid directly into a student’s UK bank account.

Eligibility Criteria

UK postgraduate students:

  • the loan is available to UK students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three years prior to the first day of the first academic year of the course;
  • students must most recently have been resident in England;
  • UK applicants from Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man who move to England solely for the purpose of attending the course will not be eligible.

EU postgraduate students:

  • the loan is available to non-UK EU students who have been ordinarily resident in the EEA/Switzerland for the past three years but do not meet the requirements to be assessed as English-domiciled students;
  • students must be attending a course in England or undertake a distance-learning course from a higher-education provider in England or attend a campus in England that is part of a higher-education provider in the UK;
  • the loan may also be available to students who have residency status of refugee, humanitarian protection, EEA migrant worker, child of a Swiss national or child of a Turkish worker, aged 18 or over and have lived in the UK for at least 20 years or at least half their life.

Additional criteria is outlined at the link below:

How to Apply

Applications are expected to open in June 2017. You can apply online on the UK government’s website. We encourage you to apply as early as possible so that you receive your loan for the start of your course.

Further information on the PGL can be found by downloading:

Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme

The Manchester Alumni Scholarship Scheme offers eligible applicants a £3,000 reduction on tuition fees.

It is a means of supporting our outstanding graduates who wish to progress to master's level study having completed their undergraduate degree with us.

Eligibility criteria

The scholarship is available to applicants to a School of Law master’s course who:

  • Are a University of Manchester graduate
  • Have received a first-class honours degree
  • Are applying within three years of receiving their degree
  • Are an international, EU or home student who will study full-time, part-time or by distance learning
  • Have accepted an offer of a place on a School of Law master's course by the end of June in the year their course starts

Automatically considered

You do not need to apply for this scholarship separately. You will be automatically considered on the basis of your application for the course.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be awarded the scholarship automatically, as long as you have accepted an offer of a place on a School of Law master's course by the end of June in the year your course starts.

Any scholarship awarded will be applied as a reduction in the annual tuition fee for the course, rather than as a cash payment.

Scholarships for UK and EU students

For the academic year 2018-2019, the School of Law has five £5,000 scholarships available for home and EU full time campus-based students.

To be eligible for a scholarship;

  • You must hold an offer for a study place on a LLM course;
  • You should have accepted your offer by 30 June 2018;
  • You must hold a First Class Honours or equivalent in your degree;
  • You must be a self-funding student, e.g. you are not sponsored;
  • You must not be holding another scholarship from the University.

Submit your application

You can apply for this scholarship by completing and returning the form below. Funding application forms need to be received at the School by 30 June 2018.

The decision to award a scholarship will be made on academic merit and any scholarship awarded will be used for the annual tuition fees for the course.

Due to the number of applicants that will be eligible to receive one of these scholarships, we will not be able to contact all eligible students to inform them of the outcome. Therefore, only successful applicants will be informed. Applicants will be advised of the outcome by mid-July, prior to beginning their studies in September 2018. 

Scholarships for international students

For the academic year 2018-2019, the School of Law has fifteen £5,000 scholarships available for international full time campus-based students.

To be eligible for a scholarship;

  • You must hold an offer for a study place on a LLM course;
  • You should have accepted your offer by 30 June 2018;
  • You must hold a First Class Honours or equivalent in your degree;
  • You must be a self-funding student, e.g. you are not sponsored;
  • You must not be holding another scholarship from the University.

Submit your application

You can apply for this scholarship by completing and returning the form below. Funding application forms need to be received at the School by 30 June 2018.

The decision to award a scholarship will be made on academic merit and any scholarship awarded will be used for the annual tuition fees for the course.

Due to the number of applicants that will be eligible to receive one of these scholarships, we will not be able to contact all eligible students to inform them of the outcome. Therefore, only successful applicants will be informed. Applicants will be advised of the outcome by mid-July, prior to beginning their studies in September 2018. 

LLM Scholarship for Thai students 2017/2018

The Scholarship is offered to Thai students enrolling on the LLM course in the School of Law in September 2017. It offers a waiver on tuition fees of a value of £17,000 at registration.

 To be eligible for a scholarship;

  • You must hold an unconditional offer for a study place on a Law LLM course (excluding the LLM Healthcare Ethics and Law);
  • You must have accepted your offer by 30 June 2017;
  • You should normally  hold a First Class Honours or equivalent  law degree;
  • You must be a self-funding student

Submit your application

You can apply for this scholarship by completing and returning the form below. Funding application forms need to be received at the School by 30 June 2017:

The decision to award a scholarship will be made on academic merit and any scholarship awarded will be used for the annual tuition fees for the course.

Due to the number of applicants that will be eligible to receive one of these scholarships, we will not be able to contact all eligible students to inform them of the outcome. Therefore, only successful applicants will be informed. If you have not been contacted by the end of July 2017, you must assume that you have unfortunately not been awarded a scholarship on this occasion.