Taught Postgraduate Funding

External Funding

For 2018-19, three fully-funded studentships from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will be awarded to students studying the MSc in Statistics: Medical Pathways. Grants normally cover full fees and also provide a maintenance stipend to cover living costs. UK and EU students are eligible for any NIHR awards.

Successful candidates will typically have attained, or will expect to attain, a 1st class or high 2.1 honours degree in Mathematics, Statistics or a closely related discipline and will have demonstrated a keen interest in working in Medical Statistics both during and beyond their Masters study. All eligible applicants will be considered for any available funding.

Whilst there is no formal closing date for applications, it is advisable to apply early in the year and by the end of March. A series of open/interview days are to be held during February to April.


We currently offer a Faculty of Science and Technology Scholarship of £4,000 for the MSc Statistics.

The scholarship is awarded as a fee reduction and is allocated on the academic excellence of the applicant or high potential of the applicant.

For further information about making an application please email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

The UK Government postgraduate loan scheme offers non means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,609 to taught and research Masters students.

Full details of the eligibility criteria and information regarding the application process is available on the University's postgraduate loans page.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Funding

The ESRC funds the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership, which awards studentships for certain 1+3 (MSc followed by PhD) programmes. Lancaster students on the Social pathway of the MSc in Data Science will be eligible to apply for these. Interested students should contact a potential supervisor to discuss and formulate a project. For more details visit the North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership pages. For additional information on PhD study in the department visit the Research Degrees page.

Other Funding Sources

Peel Trust Studentships are available for the support of prospective or current Lancaster University students. The award is based on academic merit and financial hardship and is up to an individual maximum of £2500. UK applicants may also wish to consider a Professional and Career Development Loan.

Key Contacts

Dr Deborah Costain

Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Statistical Methods in Medicine, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)1524 594666