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Fees and funding

We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your programme.

There is a range of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend. Application deadlines vary, so please check the information below carefully.

Choose your country and programme of study to search our postgraduate research funding opportunities database. Alternatively, view funding opportunities for all of our School's programmes.

Other funding opportunities

PhD loans (UK/EU students only)

The UK government has confirmed that new doctoral loans will be available for those studying PhDs (and equivalent doctoral programmes) from 2018/19. The loan will be for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.

UK nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, will be eligible. The government is currently considering making EU students eligible.

The loans will be available for all types of doctoral study (eg PhD, as well as all professional doctorates such as DBA, EdD), at all UK universities.

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Funding for international students

China Scholarship Council (CSC)

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) funds postgraduate scholarships annually to nationals of PR China who intend to study a PhD at The University of Manchester.

The scholarship provides an annual maintenance grant for a period of up to three years subject to satisfactory academic progress. The CSC does not always provide funding support for tuition fees.

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Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission offer PhD scholarships to candidates seeking places at Universities within the UK. Awards under the scheme are not made by any central body.

There are a number of scholarships available, with the general scholarships open to Commonwealth citizens and British-protected persons permanently resident in any Commonwealth country other than the UK. 

The scholarships are not restricted to any particular subject area, but applicants from developing countries must provide evidence that their proposed PhD study will be of future economic and/or social development to their home country. 

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CONACyT funds postgraduate scholarships for Mexican nationals who intend to study a PhD at The University of Manchester.

The eligibility criteria and value of these awards are variable.

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Other sources

Tutor Trust studentship

Project title

Narrowing the attainment gap and widening access to elite universities: A study on the impact of cross-phase tutor intervention programmes in primary/secondary schools and post 16 university access programmes for socio-economically disadvantaged young people.

Project description

This full-time, three-year PhD studentship, starting in September 2018, is fully funded by the Tutor Trust and the Widening Participation and Outreach Department at The University of Manchester.

The type of studentships advertised here requires a PhD student to work in partnership with professional organisations to undertake a study which has been designed to enhance the organisations’ work. This creates an exciting opportunity for students to undertake a PhD which bridges between academic and professional concerns, having a direct impact in professional contexts while also producing a PhD thesis.

The PhD will require the successful candidate to become an ‘embedded researcher’ based both at the Tutor Trust and at the Widening Participation and Outreach Department at The University of Manchester. The appointed student will study two key interrelated interventions that:

  • aim to both improve educational self-concept and educational attainment across primary and secondary education;
  • enhance post-16 aspiration for access to elite universities for socio-economically disadvantaged young people.

The PhD will be supervised by Prof Carlo Raffo and Prof Julian Williams from the Manchester Institute of Education, and closely supported by Nick Bent, Co-Founder and CEO of Tutor Trust, and Stephanie Lee, Head of Widening Participation and Outreach at The University of Manchester.

The studentship project

Like many countries internationally, the UK has entrenched patterns of educational inequality and poor social mobility.

As a whole, the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people appear to have the least developed self-concept with regards to their schooling and education more generally and do least well in terms of attainment. They also have lower opportunities and aspirations for prestigious and selective tertiary and higher education experiences and most often live in poor areas, where access to good quality services and positive life chances are particularly limited.

What universities, schools and colleges can do in response is a major policy concern.

This study is an exploration of two key interrelated interventions that:

  • aim to both improve educational self-concept and educational attainment across primary and secondary education
  • enhance post-16 aspiration for access to elite universities for socio-economically disadvantaged young people in the Greater Manchester Conurbation.

The first intervention is provided by the Tutor Trust, a Manchester-based charity, which was set up with the aims of providing affordable small group and one to one tuition to schools to help narrow the attainment gap. The Trust recruits university students and recent graduates and it predominantly aims to support schools in challenging communities and pupils who are looked-after or eligible for free school meals.

The second intervention is embedded in the University of Manchester Access programme (MAP) that is part of its widening participation outreach activities and focuses on pre-university courses to post-16 students.

This studentship will, therefore:

  • explore the impact, process dynamics and possibilities arising from a Tutor Trust pilot transition project that is focused on assisting primary school pupils to make a successful transition to secondary school
  • explore the ways in which, and the extent to which, pre-university course MAP raises aspiration for post 16 students to apply to undergraduate programmes at The University of Manchester and other elite universities.

Person specification

Applicants must hold a master's degree at merit-level or above in a relevant social science or humanities discipline, such as education, social anthropology, social policy, or sociology.

They must demonstrate a keen awareness of issues relating to the impacts of disadvantage on education and life chances, and of policy efforts to address these.

Experience of working with schools, in third sector organisations working with children and families in disadvantaged contexts, and/or in working in widening participation contexts/schemes in higher education, is highly desirable.

A high level of competence in qualitative data generation and analysis is essential as the study will involve the development of ethnographic style case studies. Competence in descriptive quantitative data analysis techniques would also be highly desirable.

The successful candidate must be DBS cleared. The successful candidate must also be able to undertake their PhD study in Manchester in order to engage in postgraduate research training and access the university’s full range of services. In addition, the student will also be based at Tutor Trust headquarters in Manchester and at The University of Manchester.

Candidates must satisfy The University of Manchester’s academic and residential eligibility requirements and be UK (full award) or EU citizens (fees only)

Financial support

The studentship covers academic fees, provides an annual maintenance stipend of £14,777 for 2018 and access to a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) for reimbursement of research-related expenses including – but not limited to – conference attendance, training courses and fieldwork.

Further information

Further details about the project the successful candidate will be required to undertake can be found here.

Applicants are strongly recommended to discuss their application with Prof Carlo Raffo in advance of submission. Prof Raffo’s contact details are

The deadline for applications is Monday 3 September, 5pm, and interviews will be held at The University of Manchester in the week beginning 10 September 2018.

Candidates invited for interview are expected to cover their own travel expenses.


Applications should be received by Monday 3 September 2018, 5pm GMT, by emailing the following.

  • A full CV
  • A personal statement outlining the applicant's suitability and interest to undertake the proposed project, paying particular attention to the proposal's substantive and methodological aspects.
  • An example of a piece of academic writing produced by the applicant of 5,000-10,000 words. (Applicants may consider submitting two shorter pieces of c.5, 000 if these deal separately with conceptual and empirical analyses.) This may be a chapter(s) from a master’s dissertation, in which case, an abstract or introduction outlining the context/aims/research questions of the study must also be included.
  • The names and contact details of two academic referees who are able to comment on the applicant’s suitability for PhD study and to undertake the advertised project.
  • The name and contact details of an additional referee who can comment on the applicant’s professional suitability to be embedded at Tutor Trust/University of Manchester.
  • Applicants are expected to meet the entry requirements for a standard PhD within the School, please refer to Full entry requirements for more details.