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MA Postgraduate Fees and Funding


funding imageThere are a wide range of possible sources of studentships, scholarships and bursaries but competition is fierce and you will need to begin your enquiries in good time to meet deadlines.

Quite a lot of our postgraduate students are externally funded. Our students have been supported by governments, grants from funding bodies, sponsors, and private sources too. We highly recommend that applicants applying for the funding below should also look externally for funding.

Information about MA and PGDip Social Work fees and the NHS bursary can be found in the Social Work section.

This year's funding opportunities are:

Further studentships for Overseas and EU/UK applicants may become available later in the year. Any eligible applicant with a pending or accepted online application will be sent the details if they become available.

Faculty Studentships (fees only)

Closing Date: 30th April 2014

A number of MA and 1+3 (MA + PhD) fees-only bursaries are available for students wishing to study for a degree within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Recipients will need to meet their general living expenses themselves.

FASS Studentship Application form 2013-14

MA Faculty Scholarship

Eligibility: Overseas applicants only

Full Faculty MA Studentship Terms & Conditions

1+3 (MA + PhD) Faculty Scholarship

Full Faculty 1+3 Studentship Terms & Conditions

Eligibility: UK/EU students only

To apply please return this application form via email to Sociology Postgraduate Admissions by 30th April 2014

All applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study and be due to commence their studies during the 2014-15 acade mic year.

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Closing Date: 27th January 2014

Lancaster University forms part of the ESRC's North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC). These scholarships cover tuition and maintenance. Some studentships are reserved for students seeking joint supervision across two or more partner institutions. Students will normally have been offered a place prior to their studentship application. However, studentship applications will be accepted from students who have submitted their institutional application but have yet to receive a formal offer, providing that such an offer has been made by the time of the Studentship Allocation meeting.
The pathways available in Sociology are:

  • Science, Technology, Innovation and Social Practices (PhD Sociology, PhD Science Studies)
  • Security, Conflict and Justice (PhD Law, PhD Politics)
  • Social Anthropology (PhD Sociology)
  • Social Work (MA Social Work, PhD Sociology)
  • Sociology (MA, PhD Sociology)

Eligibility: +2, 1+3 or +3 funding: UK students eligible for full funding (fees and living expenses) EU students’ fees only funding. EU students resident in the UK for the past 3 years may be eligible for full funding.

Due to the competative nature of this funding opportunity usually only students with a first class UG degree or a distinction in their MA would be accepted.

Deadline: 27th January 2014

It is important that applicants inform the department of their intention to apply for ESRC funding as soon as possible. In order to allow the department to review applications and suggest improvements to make them as competitive as possible please can applicants submit their completed ESRC form to  as soon as possible, by 4pm on 27th January at the latest. We will then contact you and suggest any improvements for you to resubmit the final form by the ESRC deadline of 3rd Feburary

 The application process:

  • Applicants should initially contact Cat Prill (, 01524 593148) to register their interest in applying.

    Application forms can be downloaded here This application form must be submitted to Cat by email by 27th January.
  • Please forward Cat a copy of your draft research proposal. The 2 page PhD proposal should outline the topic of the doctoral research, key research questions, and the proposed methodology. Prospective supervisors of applicants will help applicants shape this proposal. This proposal should be 2 sides of A4 in length (excluding references).
  • Staff will help applicants identify suitable doctoral supervisors within the Department, however we encourage applicants to make contact with potential supervisors as soon as possible.
  • Applicants for the studentships need to apply to the University via the online system can be a lengthy process, so candidates should start the application process as early as possible. Those applying for 1+3 must submit a 2014 MA application and a 2015 PhD application.

Please download the guidance for studentship application and contact Cat Prill if you have any further questions.

Further Information

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Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships

Closing Date: 21st February

In association with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), Lancaster University has access to 40 AHRC studentships per year over a 5-year period covering 2014-15 to 2018-19. The Sociology Department is pleased to offer two pathways for funding this year:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Media and Communications

Students should normally have been offered a place at Lancaster prior to submitting their AHRC studentship application. However, AHRC studentship applications will be accepted from students who have already applied for a place at Lancaster but have yet to receive a final offer, providing that such an offer has been made by Lancaster by, at the latest, 21 February 2014. When completing the AHRC studentship form, applicants should liaise with prospective supervisors.

Application Form

Application Guidance

Eligibility: +2, 1+3 or +3 funding: UK students eligible for full funding (fees and living expenses), EU students’ fees- only funding. EU students resident in the UK for the past 3 years may be eligible for full funding.
Closing Date: 21st February

Completed applications should be sent to

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University funding pages

For details of other departmental and university funding opportunities, please visit the University postgraduate funding web pages.

Please also see the University Postgraduate Funding Database powered by 'Postgraduate Studentships'

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Other opportunities

UK students

Information about funding opportunities for UK students, including Professional & Career Development Loans and Government Funding, is available from the Student Based Services website. These include:

  • The Learning & Skills Council operates a Professional & Career Development Loans scheme. Applicants can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year's relevant unpaid practical work).
  • Possible sources of Government Funding include Disabled Student's Allowance, Tax Credits, and (for UK part-time students) Government (state) benefits such as housing benefit, income support and council tax benefit.

International students

A number of funding opportunities are available for international students through the British Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Department for International Development.

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Further Information

If you require further information about fees and funding, please contact Rachel Verrall at:

Sociology Postgraduate Admissions
Dept of Sociology
Lancaster University
Lancaster LA1 4YT

Tel: + 44 (0)1524 593148


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