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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.


Alumni Loyalty Scholarship

Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows:

  • 20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
  • 10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship you must either:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University (achieved at any time) or
  • Have graduated from one of our partner institutions (LU Ghana; Sunway University Malaysia; Goenka Institution India; or COMSATS Pakistan) or
  • Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programme

The Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation. You do not need to apply for this scholarship, you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements

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UK/EU Master's Studentships (Fees only)

Closing Date: 29 June 2015

4 fees-only studentships are be available to UK/EU students wishing to wishing to study for a Masters degree in the Sociology Department*. This funding will be in the form of a fee waiver, recipients of this studentship will need to meet their general living expenses themselves. The full terms and conditions are available here.

To apply submit a completed application form to by 5pm on the 29th June. You should also submit an example of a piece of work that best reflects your skills and research interests. This should be a piece of work from your second or third year of your Undergraduate degree.

To be considered for this funding applicants must hold an offer of a place to study and be due to commence their studies during the 2015-16 acade mic year.

*Students on MA Social Work are not eligible for this funding

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Lancaster Master’s Scholarship

Lancaster University is offering over 100 scholarships worth £10,000 each as part of a government initiative to offer additional support for students wishing to progress to Master’s level study. The Scheme is open to UK/EU students who began their studies after 1st September 2012.  

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme you must meet one of the criteria below. In order to apply, you must have received an offer for one of our Postgraduate Taught Masters courses, following this you can apply for a scholarship and we will determine whether you meet the criteria.

  • Have a low family household income
  • Have been entitled to the highest rate Higher Education Maintenance Grant in your final year of undergraduate study
  • Have been eligible for the Disabled Students Allowance
  • Were a Care Leaver
  • Have your family home in a certain postcode range

More information will be made available about this scheme shortly, so please keep checking the Faculty webpage for updated information.

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Closing Date: 2 February 2015 (5pm)

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.

Deadline: 2 February 2015

It is important that applicants inform the department of their intention to apply for ESRC funding as soon as possible.

Students will normally have been offered a place at Lancaster 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. 

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.

 The application process:

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

    Application forms and full application guidelines can be downloaded from the NWDTC website. The completed application form must be submitted to Cat by email by 2 February 2015 (5pm)
  • 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 This can be a lengthy process, so candidates should start the application process as early as possible. Those applying for 1+3 must submit a 2015 MA application and a 2016 PhD application.

Contact Cat Prill if you have any further questions.

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Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships

Closing Date: 13 February 2015 (5pm)

In association with the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), Lancaster University invites applications from outstanding candidates for AHRC Doctoral Studentships for 2015-16 entry. The NWCDTP expects to make approximately fifty awards across the whole range of arts and humanities subjects.

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. The deadline for applications to be admitted on a programme at Lancaster is 23 January 2015 at the latest. Applicants are strongly advised to liaise with prospective supervisors when completing the studentship application form.

Further details and the AHRC applicaiton form can be found here.

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The Peel Trust Studentships

Closing date: 29th May 2015

Financial awards of up to £2,500 for applicants who will be aged 21 or over on the first day of their course. The awards are based on academic merit and financial hardship.

Further information, and an application form can be found here.

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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 Cat Prill at:

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

Tel: + 44 (0)1524 593148


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