Fees and Funding

There are many types of postgraduate funding available within the faculty and university. Please visit the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences postgraduate funding page for more information.

The Department of Languages and Cultures at Lancaster University is offering a range of funding opportunities for students wishing to pursue an MA or PhD. 

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
  • Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University, achieved at any time, including one delivered through an associated institution, or
  • Have graduated from one of our partner institutions with a Lancaster University degree (LU Ghana; Sunway University Malaysia; or Goenka Institution India) 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

Fees Bursaries

Applications are invited for bursaries in the following categories:

  • MA 1 Year (overseas)
  • MA 1 Year (Home/EU)
  • MA 1+ 3 years (Home/EU)
  • PhD 3 years (Overseas)
  • PhD 3 years (Home/EU)

The bursary will be paid in the form of a fee-waiver. There may be subsistence support available on some scholarships. Those currently undertaking postgraduate study at Lancaster are not eligible to apply for this award.

Further details will be available here when the bursary competition opens. Applicants must already hold an offer of a place to study in the Department of Languages and Cultures by this date, and be due to commence their studies in October or January of the 2017-18 academic year.

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships

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 from 2014-15 to 2018-19.

Students should have been offered a place at Lancaster University prior to submitting their AHRC studentship application. When completing the AHRC studentship form, applicants should liaise with the Director of Postgraduate Studies and their prospective supervisors.

Further information about the NWCDTP and the studentships on offer is available via the NWCDTP website, as are the application form and guidance notes. Applications should be made on the application form and should be sent to fass-pg@lancaster.ac.uk

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

In November 2016 the UK Government confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing master’s courses in the 2016/17 academic year.

Non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to taught and research Master's students. Detailed eligibility criteria and information regarding the application process is expected early in 2016. For further information please see http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-fees-and-funding/postgraduate-loans/

International students

Additional funding opportunities are available for international students through the British Council; the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the Department for International Development; and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Further information

Please contact the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Dr Charlotte Baker, for more information about the awards and the supervision the department can offer.