School of Environment, Education and Development Postgraduate Research Studentships 2024 Entry - Competition Closed for 2024 Entry

Type of award


Managing department

School of Environment, Education and Development


  • Tuition fees
  • An annual maintenance stipend (£18,622 per annum for 2023/24)

Specified use

+3.5 - covering a full postgraduate research programme

Please note that existing postgraduate research students cannot be considered for this funding.

Tenable period

3.5 years full-time or  7 years part-time

Continuation of award

Continuation of the award is subject to satisfactory progress.

Number available

A number of awards are available on a competitive basis.

Funding provider

This award is internal.

School of Environment, Education and Development

Level(s) of study

This funding is available to students undertaking the following types of study:

  • Postgraduate research

Allowed study options

This funding is available to students undertaking the following modes of study:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Subject restrictions

This funding is available to students undertaking study in:

  • Architecture
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Geography
  • International Development
  • Planning, Property and Environmental Management

Academic requirements

You must meet the academic requirements of your programme. For most programmes in the School of Environment, Education and Development, this is:
  • Bachelor's (Honours) degree at 2:1 or above (or overseas equivalent); and
  • Master's degree in a relevant subject - with an overall average of 60% or above, a minimum mark of 60% in your dissertation (or overseas equivalent)

Nationality restrictions

This funding is available to all nationalities.

Other eligibility criteria

International applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency with their application. If English language is an outstanding condition of your offer, you must meet this by 18 March 2024. If you do not meet this, we cannot include your application in the competition.

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • IELTS test minimum score - 7.0 overall, 7.0 in writing, 6.0 in other sections.
  • TOEFL (internet based) test minimum score - 100 overall, 25 in all sections.
  • To demonstrate that you have taken an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a majority English speaking nation within the last 5 years.
  • Other tests may be considered.

Application procedure

You must submit your online application for a place on your chosen Postgraduate Research programme by  19 January 2024. Your programme application should contain all necessary supporting documents.

Section 9 of the application asks for your funding intentions. In this section, you should detail fully all the competitions in which you would like to be considered. There is no limit to the number of competitions you may enter, but all must be detailed in your online application form to ensure you are included. Please add a funding source, and populate the fields as below:

  • Type of Funding: Uni of Manchester Scheme
  • Awarding Body (free text): SEED School Studentships
  • Status of Funding: Intend to Apply

Please note that there is no separate funding application form for School of Environment, Education and Development Studentships. All decisions are based on the online programme application and supporting documents.

Application form

Additional documentation

Your full online application must include;
  • A 1,500 word  PhD research proposal. Please state the word count on page 1 of the document
  • Copies of the academic transcript and certificate from both your Bachelor's and Master's degrees. If your Master's degree is pending, please provide an interim transcript
  • An up to date academic CV, detailing your education and qualifications; employment history; publications; and any other relevant information
  • You must nominate two academic referees (including one from your most recent institution). Your referees will be contacted directly via the Referee Portal following submission of your application form.
  • International applicants must additionally provide English Language evidence (e.g IELTS)

Selection criteria

  • Academic merit and preparedness for research
  • Quality and feasibility of research proposal
  • Consideration of ethical responsibility

Selection body

School of Environment, Education and Development Postgraduate Research Committee (PGRC)

Closing date

19 Jan 2024

This competition has now closed for 2024 entry.  Deadlines for 2025 entry will be published here in due course.

Decision date

We expect to communicate the outcome to applicants by 31 May 2024.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide feedback on individual applications, as outcomes are determined by independent panels.

Deferral information

Offers of funding are not deferrable. If you cannot start your programme by the date mentioned in your studentship offer letter, the award will be withdrawn. You are permitted to re-apply in future.

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